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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  •  Irish fiddle champion appearing at Wildflower concert

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    WHITE MILLS - Legendary nine-time all-Ireland fiddle champion Eileen Ivers appears with Immigrant Soul at the Wildflower Music Festival on Saturday, August 3.
    Together they blend traditional Irish music with Latin and African rhythmic and percussive elements, and have won acclaim from audiences and critics alike for their bold but tasteful blending of influences.
    The performance, which begins at 6 p.m., will be held at the Wildflower Amphitheater on the grounds of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, White Mills.
    Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. She’s been called "a sensation" by Billboard magazine, "a virtuoso" by The Irish Times, "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin" by The New York Times and "the future of the Celtic fiddle" by The Washington Post.
    The daughter of Irish immigrants, Eileen Ivers grew up in the Bronx, New York. Rooted in Irish traditional music since the age of eight, Eileen proceeded to win nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, a tenth on tenor banjo and over 30 championship medals, making her one of the most awarded persons ever to compete in these prestigious competitions. She graduated magna cum laude in Mathematics from Iona College before embarking on her career in music. Eileen tours throughout the year in performing art centers, symphony halls and festivals world-wide and is currently recording her latest CD from her new multimedia concert entitled ‘Beyond the Bog Road’ - an Irish-American experience through music, dance and film.
    Eileen has performed with London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, Boston Pops, and many more. Known as the original musical star of Riverdance, she has also appeared with The Chieftains, Sting, Hall and Oates, Randy Brecker, Patti Smith, Paula Cole, Al Di Meola, and Steve Gadd.
    She founded the all-female traditional Irish supergroup Cherish the Ladies in 1985.
    The Wayne Bank sponsors this concert.
    All tickets are $29.
    Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and pack a picnic to enjoy the pristine setting. Light beverages will be for sale on the Sanctuary grounds.
    Upcoming concerts in the Wildflower concert series include: Tizer and Susan Winters.
    In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held at the air-conditioned auditorium at the Wallenpaupack Area High School.
    All performers and programs are subject to change. Tickets can be purchased at the gate the evening of the performance and in advance at
    www.wildflowermusic.org or by phone, (570)253-5500. For additional information and directions, call 253-5500 (Monday through Friday, 10 to 4, Saturday 10 to 5:30), email music01@ptd.net, or visit online at www.wildflowermusic.org. 
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