Recalling the roaring hearths and roars of laughter that are part and parcel of Christmas in Irish families, virtuoso fiddler Eileen Ivers interweaves age-old Wren Day songs, beloved American carols, and even a jigging Bach in A Joyful Christmas. With her signature warmth, Ivers invites listeners in for a tuneful, soulful celebration capturing the true spirit of the season and telling the story of Christmas through music for all ages.
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More about Eileen Ivers and Her Ensemble
Fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the preeminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today, with an incredible list of accomplishments that includes Grammy Award and Emmy Award nominations; performing with more than 40 orchestras and for presidents and royalty worldwide; serving as an original musical star of Riverdance and founding member of Cherish the Ladies; and performing with Sting, Hall & Oates, The Chieftains, Fiddlers 3 with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, and Steve Gadd.
It is a rare and select grade of spectacular artists whose work is so boldly imaginative and clearly virtuosic that it alters the medium. It has been said that the task of respectfully exploring the traditions and progression of the Celtic fiddle is quite literally on Ivers’ shoulders. Ivers’ recording credits include more than 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. She is hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and World Music genres.
The daughter of Irish immigrants, Ivers grew up in the culturally diverse neighborhood of the Bronx, NY. Rooted in Irish traditional music since the age of eight, Ivers proceeded to win nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, a tenth championship on tenor banjo, and more than 30 championship medals, making her one of the most awarded persons ever to compete in these prestigious competitions. Ivers and her ensemble headline prestigious performing arts centers, guest star with numerous symphonies, perform at major festivals worldwide, and have appeared on national and international television.
Buddy Connolly: Accordion, Whistles, Keyboards
Three-time All-Ireland accordion champion Buddy Connolly hails from Newark, NJ, with parents from Ireland. In 1995, he moved to Nashville and was introduced to bluegrass, Cajun, and country music and toured and recorded with Tim O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, Rodney Crowell, Ceili Rain, Orleans, Matt Molloy (The Chieftains), Jo-El Sonnier, and many others.
Lindsey Horner: Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Baritone Sax
Julliard alum Lindsey Horner has recorded and performed with diverse artists from Susan McKeown and Johnny Cunningham in the Celtic realm to Greg Osby, Bill Frisell, Bobby Previte, Dave Douglas, Don Byron, and Muhal Richard Abrams in the jazz world. He has performed for dozens of Broadway shows from The Lion King to Tommy and has produced five albums, including his most recent, Undiscovered Country, featuring Irish legend Andy Irvine on two tracks.
Dave Barckow: Percussion, Guitar, Vocals
Queens, NY native Dave Barckow has been playing music professionally since the age of 12 and has played with several national and international acts including Celtic Cross, The Diddley Idols, and hard rockers White Trash. As songwriter and performer, Barckow’s music has been used on several prime time network shows including Mercy, Nurse Jackie, and Flesh & Bone.
Matt Mancuso: Guitar, Trumpet, Fiddle, Vocals
Brooklyn, NY native Matt Mancuso is an inspired multi-instrumentalist who has performed with many Irish and Celtic acts, including Lord of the Dance and Cathie Ryan. Mancuso is well known for his fiddle playing and studied jazz trumpet at the LaGuardia School for Music and Art.
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