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Violinist Eileen Ivers brings Celtic culture to Miller

Feb. 21, 2011

Photo of Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul.KALAMAZOO--Riverdance violinist Eileen Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul, will visit Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium for a single performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13.

The multimedia concert incorporates music, story, dance and film in a celebration of Celtic culture.

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Ensemble members who will be accompanying Ivers consist of four all-star Irish and old-time musicians. Tommy McDonnell lends his vocal and percussive skills to the tour, while Buddy Connolly proves to be a master at accordion, whistles and keyboard. Greg Anderson contributes background vocals and guitar and has performed with several talents in the folk world. Leo Traversa graces the stage with his passion for bass guitar, which he teaches at a Bass Collective he helped found in New York. Also, joining Ivers on her national tour are two of the world's most acclaimed violinists, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter.

Born to Irish immigrants in the Bronx, Ivers enjoyed a childhood in the rich cultural melting pot of New York. She has been devoted to traditional Irish music since the age of 8, and has claimed nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, as well as a 10th in tenor banjo. She has also won over 30 medals, making her one of the most decorated musicians to ever compete in such a competition.

Other artistic endeavors include shows with such well-known acts as the Chieftains, Hall & Oates, Patti Smith, Sting and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. She also has performed for presidents and royalty worldwide.


Eileen Ivers in "Beyond the Bog Road" at Miller Auditorium is part of the Lake Michigan Mailers Spotlight Series. Tickets are on sale now and range from $15 to $40. They can be purchased online at millerauditorium.com, by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, or by visiting Miller Auditorium's ticket office. Group discounts are available at (269) 387-2312.

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Media contact: Bethany Gauthier, (269) 387-2245, bethany.gauthier@wmich.edu

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