Eileen Ivers and Universal Roots
June 18, 2021
In the hands of celebrated nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Eileen Ivers, the violin pushes fiddling tradition boundaries from a folk music staple to an intensely driving world stage experience. Ivers and her band open the season with a whirling, upbeat evening celebrating the influences of Celtic tradition.
About Eileen Ivers
A celebrated guest soloist with over 50 symphony orchestras, Ivers has been called a “sensation” by Billboard magazine and “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by the New York Times.
One of the most awarded All-Ireland Fiddle and Banjo champions ever, Ivers has a celebrated over 30-year career as a performer, composer, producer, songwriter, band leader, educator, and multi-instrumentalist, connecting American, Irish traditional, jazz, blues, and world roots.
Grammy-awarded and Emmy-nominated, Ivers has performed with Sting, Fiddlers 3 with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, and The Chieftains. She was the groundbreaking musical star in the Riverdance theatrical shows, a founding member of Cherish the Ladies, a former member of the Hall and Oates band, and was a featured instrumentalist on soundtracks, including Gangs of New York and Back to Titanic.
About Universal Roots
Universal Roots, Ivers’ new, energetic, joyous, and passionate band, connects music, cultures, stories, and emotions that tie people together, celebrating the fact that we are more alike than dissimilar. The ensemble, with a broad array of instrumentation, features Matt Mancuso (lead vocals, guitar, trumpet, and fiddle), Buddy Connolly (button accordion, whistles, piano, and vocals), Lindsey Horner (upright and electric bass, baritone sax, and vocals), and Dave Barckow (lead vocals, percussion, and guitar) together with Ivers on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bodhran, and live looping.
This is Ivers' and Universal Roots' first performance at the Moss Arts Center.
This performance is supported in part by gifts from Erv Blythe, Ms. Elizabeth Hahn and Mr. Douglas Chancey, and Mr. Edwin H. Talley and Mrs. Melinda P. Talley.