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MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA SHOWCASE
Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul
Eileen Ivers
, fiddle and mandolin
Deirdre Brennan
, lead vocals
|
Buddy Connolly
, accordion, whistles and keyboard
Greg Anderson
, acoustic guitar and bouzouki
|
Lindsey Horner
, upright bass and electric bass
Dave Barckow
, percussion
Special Guests:
O’Shea Irish Dance
Live at Orchestra Hall
Friday, March 6, 2015, 8 pm Orchestra Hall
Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul
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Tonight’s program will be announced from the stage.
There will be one intermission.
Eileen Ivers
, today’s pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle, is hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic
and world music genres. She has explored the traditions and progressions of the Celtic fiddle through her performances with more
than 40 orchestras; through her role as an original musical star of
Riverdance
; through collaborations with such artists as Sting, the
Chieftains, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Regina Carter and Cherish the
Ladies, of which she was a founding member; and through her more
than 80 recordings, which include contemporary and traditional albums
as well as numerous film scores. Among her many honors are a Grammy
Award and nine All-Ireland Fiddle Championships. The daughter of Irish
immigrants, Ivers grew up in the Bronx, where she immersed herself in
music of many genres. Her most recent project is
Beyond the Bog Road
, a
multimedia concert and newly released CD which celebrate the journey
of the Irish immigrant and showcase the ways Irish music and dance
have integrated with roots music of North America.
Joining Ivers for tonight’s concert are five members of her band
Immigrant Soul. Vocalist
Deirdre Brennan
, who brings a deeply
soulful element to the ensemble, is a founding member of the all-female
traditional Irish band Girsa and also plays fiddle, banjo and mandolin.
Buddy Connolly
, a three-time All-Ireland accordion champion, has
toured and recorded with prominent artists including Tim O’Brien, Kathy
Mattea and Rodney Crowell. Multi-instrumentalist
Greg Anderson
, a
mainstay in the folk and traditional worlds, has also worked with many
artists in rock, jazz and contemporary music, from Pete Seeger to Itzhak
Perlman. Bassist and Juilliard alumnus
Lindsey Horner
has shown
his versatility in jazz and modern music through many cutting-edge
recordings and performances. He has produced five recordings, most
recently
Undiscovered Country
, in which he leads a combo in his own
music. Percussionist, guitarist and singer-songwriter
Dave Barckow
has
performed professionally since the age of 12. His music has been used in
several prime-time network shows and movies.
For more information on Ivers and Immigrant Soul, visit eileenivers.com.
Photo: Luke Ratray
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