Free Lunch for Tuesday, March 04
By Sean Phipps
Chattanooga, TN – Eileen Ivers takes several genres of music and throws them into a proverbial blender on her new album, Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul.
Ivers, a native of the Bronx New York, was raised among various cultural sounds. Her Irish-American heritage coupled with her multi-cultured childhood has produced a truly unique sounding music. The tracks on Immigrant Soul reflect the Irish traditional music that she grew up on with drum-based African rhythms.
She began playing fiddle at the age of eight and quickly made a name for herself as a prominent musician. Before continuing her music career, Ivers attended Iona College in New Rochelle, NY where she earned a degree in Mathematics. Her list of musical awards includes 7 fiddle titles, and an award for her abilities on the tenor banjo. She is the only competitor to win 30 different medals for her achievements in the All-Ireland Championships.
America first realized her talents when she accepted an offer from the Hall and Oates band to play on a year-long tour. Ivers and her impeccable fiddle playing captivated the audiences. She was then offered a part in the acclaimed dance extravaganza, Riverdance, as a fiddler/dancer.
Her last album, Crossing the Bridge, featured many musicians from Riverdance and adhered to the traditional sound of Irish-Celt music. Immigrant Soul, however, takes that traditional sound and adds an ethereal kick. Songs like Afro Jig make even the worst dancer, shake and contort his/her body to the beat of the primal rhythms of the album.
Immigrant Soul was released on Koch Records this Feb. 26. More information on Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul can be found at eileenivers.com