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Eileen Ivers
Eileen Ivers
Eileen Ivers
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
 
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On her debut solo album, Eileen Ivers, this young fiddler sounds comfortably accomplished in solo, duo and group settings, in both traditional formats and inventive new arrangements. In her variety of treatments and consis...  more »

      
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All Artists: Eileen Ivers
Title: Eileen Ivers
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Green Linnet
Original Release Date: 6/27/1994
Re-Release Date: 3/22/1994
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Celtic, Europe, British Isles
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 048248113922, 048248113946

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On her debut solo album, Eileen Ivers, this young fiddler sounds comfortably accomplished in solo, duo and group settings, in both traditional formats and inventive new arrangements. In her variety of treatments and consistency of tone, she suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle. She joins members of the Hall & Oates band for an old piper's air that begins simply but then develops a pop jazz improvisatory feel. Ivers uses Alyssa Pava's viola da gamba to underscore the similarities between a Scottish hornpipe and Pachelbel's Canon. Other guests include members of Cherish the Ladies and of Chanting House as well as African percussionist Kimati Dinizulu, but it's Ivers' strong, singing tone that holds the project together. --Geoffrey Himes

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Dazzling Celtic fiddle playing with a contemporary flair
01/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Eileen Ivers, a New Yorker of Irish ancestry, plays traditional Celtic music with flawless technique. Stylistically, she seems to be on her own, not adhering strictly to any style in particular (such as Cape Breton, Donegal, etc.); however, her childhood fiddle teacher of many years was from County Limerick, so that was probably a formative influence. She is daringly eclectic in her repertoire and her stylistic techniques, as when she takes a traditional hornpipe and arranges it to dovetail melodically with Pachelbel's Canon ("Pachelbel's Frolics). But even when playing a set of traditional tunes in the traditional way, the music shimmers and moves like that of few other players. Her playing is strong and delicate, clean and impetuous, wild and sensitive. . . for people who are serious about taking traditional music forward into the present there is a lot here to listen to and to meditate on, as well as to learn from. Ivers is not just a fiddle player, but a creative contemporary musician whose arrangements are expanding the limits of her art."