Grammy®-Awarded and Emmy-nominated, Eileen Ivers, continues to push the fiddling tradition boundaries from a folk music staple to a fiercely fresh, powerfully beautiful, intensely driving world stage experience. Eileen guest starred with over 50 symphonies, performed with Sting, ‘Fiddlers 3’ with classical virtuoso Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and jazz great Regina Carter, Patti Smith,The Chieftains, was the groundbreaking Musical Star of Riverdance, a founding member of traditional group Cherish the Ladies and innovative hip-hop group Paddy-A-Go-Go, a former member of the Hall & Oates band, a featured instrumentalist on soundtracks including “Gangs of New York” and “Back to Titanic”, and she is one of the most awarded All-Ireland Fiddle and Banjo champions ever. Eileen has been proclaimed “a national treasure” by NCTA Board Chairman George Holt as she celebrates her 30 plus year career as a performer, composer, producer, songwriter, band leader, educator, multi-instrumentalist and renowned pioneer in connecting her American, Irish traditional, jazz, blues, and world roots.
With her new, energetic, joyous, passionate band, Universal Roots, Eileen continues to celebrate Ireland’s global musical influence as they connect music, cultures, stories and emotions that tie us together. Music truly is the universal language. The ensemble, with its broad array of instrumentation, features Matt Mancuso (lead vocals, guitar, trumpet, fiddle), Buddy Connolly (button accordion, whistles, piano, vocals), Lindsey Horner (upright and electric bass, baritone sax, vocals), Dave Barckow (lead vocals, percussion, guitar), together with Eileen on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bodhran, and live looping. Eileen’s new album, “Shine”, will be released in 2018.