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Wild Blue
Eileen Ivers
Wild Blue
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
 
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Ivers grew up in an Irish American section of the Bronx, learning her jigs and reels well enough to win the Senior All Ireland Fiddle Championship. But she has also toured the world with Hall & Oates and has jammed with ev...  more »

      
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All Artists: Eileen Ivers
Title: Wild Blue
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Green Linnet
Original Release Date: 2/20/1996
Release Date: 2/20/1996
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Celtic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 048248116626, 048248116640

Synopsis

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Ivers grew up in an Irish American section of the Bronx, learning her jigs and reels well enough to win the Senior All Ireland Fiddle Championship. But she has also toured the world with Hall & Oates and has jammed with everyone from West African percussionists to American rappers. Wild Blue, named for the color of her violin and the sound it makes, encompasses all of these experiences in an all-instrumental album that connects the discipline of traditional forms to the freedom of improvisation. T-Bone Wolk, Ivers' co-producer and former Hall & Oates bandmate, adds organ and electric bass to most tracks, while Africa's Kimati Dinizulu and America's Ben Wittman add drums. Unlike most modernizers, though, Ivers maintains not just the old instruments but the old musical forms as well. --Geoffrey Himes

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CD Reviews

Celtic at it's Best
04/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album could be a live recording. The clarity, energy, spontenaity and enthusiasm of a live concert flies off this recording. Ms. Ivers covers the gamut of very simple and powerful traditional moments to explosive jazz passes. I have had the good fortune to know many and hear extraordinary comtemporary fiddlers from Celtic, French-Canandien and Scottish traditions, live and on recordings. Without question, this is one of the most moving and enjoyable fiddle recordings I own. It prompts dancing in the kitchen regularly."
Stunning all the way through
P. Lozar | Santa Fe, NM USA | 12/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Among the luminaries of the Celtic fiddle world, Eileen Ivers most often represents the fireworks. Her playing is energetic and passionate, her dexterity is spectacular, and she maintains a finely honed balance between clever improvisation and fidelity to tradition. That's the side of her that the world knows from "Riverdance." But this album proves that virtuosity isn't all there is to her: the lovely "Maudabawn Chapel," and the solo rendition of "Lament for Staker Wallace," show her emotional depth too. While Ivers is the star of this album, her supporting cast provides more than just backup: they're all superb musicians in their own right, and their rapport with each other and with her comes through strongly. This is a great CD all the way through, and one I know I'll listen to often."
Wild Blue by Eileen Ivers
Rebecca Laney | Mississippi USA | 12/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a full tilt, full range, full gamut, full full CD! Eileen runs the range of emotions with her cuts, from playful to jivey, to soulful, to woeful, to bluesy. Zowie WoW. Never boring. I didn't think I liked celtic til I heard this CD --This lady is very unique, creative, and talented down to the bone marrow. Don't miss this one."