Acclaimed Irish-American violinist Eileen Ivers and her electric blue fiddle have travelled all over the world. She was a co-founder of Cherish the Ladies. She’s toured with Mick Moloney’s band The Green Fields of America. She’s recorded with the Chieftains and Black 47. And she was a featured member of the acclaimed Irish step-dancing spectacular “Riverdance.”
A mighty impressive Irish music resume, to be sure…
But Ivers’ musical talents have also expanded well beyond the realm of Celtic music. She’s recorded with Patti Smith, Dar Williams, Paula Cole and Hall & Oates, too. And no less an authority than The New York Times has hailed her as “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.”
At 7:30pm on Saturday night (November 30), Ivers and her band land in Nippertown, kicking off their annual holiday tour, “An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas,” at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy. The concert captures the spirit and magic of the season with a wide array of traditional Irish songs, original tunes and such holiday favorites such as “The Holly Tree” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (in traditional jig time). Tickets are $20, $28 & $36.
BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (November 29), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.
ALSO READ 2011 REVIEW:
LIVE: An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas with Eileen Ivers @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 12/18/11