As the original music star of Riverdance and a founding member of Cherish the Ladies, the Grammy Award-winning fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as one of the most internationally beloved and acclaimed Celtic fiddlers in the world.
The nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion has performed as guest star with major orchestras from London to Boston, soloed around the world, and collaborated with jazz violinist Regina Carter and classical violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg in the symphonic touring program “Fiddlers Three,” as well as working with artists like Sting and Patti Smith.
Ivers hails from the Woodland Heights section of the Bronx. The roots of her music, however, were inherited from her parents, John and Annie, who emigrated from County Mayo, Ireland. Growing up, she took fiddle lessons and studied with the great County Limerick-born fiddler Martin Mulvihill. After college, Ivers charged into music full time and began playing with Seamus Egan and Mick Moloney before joining the supergroup Green Fields of America. That led to work with the pop juggernaut Hall & Oates, and eventually to being asked to play in the smash hit Riverdance.
Her solo recording career took off with the release of the major label debut record Crossing the Bridge in 1999. Several albums followed, including a prominent role in the Gangs of New York soundtrack, and her most recent, the acclaimed Beyond the Bog Road.