Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fiddler spins Irish tunes

"When Eileen Ivers was a college student, she dreamed of working for NASA. Lucky for audiences, she changed her mind.

Ivers, a champion Irish- American fiddler who's been called the Jimi Hendrix of the violin, will make a rare local appearance this weekend when she plays a benefit concert at Dominican College with her band, Immigrant Soul. With a touring schedule that finds her on the road much of the year, it's nice to perform close to home, says Ivers, who lives in West Nyack with her husband and manager, Brian Mulligan.

Crowds all over the world have embraced Irish music, says Ivers, who plays nearly 100 shows each year. Even in Japan, fans roar as if they're at a rock concert. 'If you closed your eyes, you would swear you were in the heart of Ireland, playing in a pub somewhere,'' she says. 'It's a source of great pride for the people, the ones who left.'"

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