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Eileen Ivers, 'Jim Hendrix of the Fiddle,' Plays Oregon Coast Oct. 3

Published 09/06/21 at 5:26 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Eileen Ivers, 'Jim Hendrix of the Fiddle,' Plays Oregon Coast Oct. 3

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(Lincoln City, Oregon) – She's known as the “Jimi Hendrix of the violin” and she's coming to the central Oregon coast.

Fiddler Eileen Ivers shows up at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on October 3, playing at 7 p.m., bringing a celebrated new way of playing the old time instrument.

She causes people to ask: what is the difference between the fiddle and the violin? In the hands of this fiery, cutting-edge Bronx-born woman, there is no difference. She's been a guest soloist with over 50 symphony orchestras, and shreds electric fiddle through fuzz, wah wah and looping effects, ending up with being called “the future of the Celtic Fiddle” by the Washington Post, and “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by the New York Times. She's also a nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion.

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 has performed with Sting, ‘Fiddlers 3' with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, The Chieftains, was the groundbreaking Musical Star of Riverdance, a founding member of Cherish the Ladies, 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.

One thing the Oregon coast audience will get to witness is some of Eileen's most recent CD, “Beyond the Bog Road.” In the album's extensively researched sixteen-page liner, it notes focus on the influences of the Celtic tradition on Roots music (bluegrass, French-Canadian, Cajun, Appalachian, Americana) and how the music journeyed on to become a fundamental ingredient of the American Country music tradition. Irish Music Magazine called it “a triumph …a musical Magnus-Opus” and the album reached number one on the Alt-Country Roots Music Chart.

Eileen's new, energetic, joyous and passionate band, Universal Roots, connect music, cultures, stories and emotions that tie us together …celebrating the fact that we are more alike than dissimilar. Music truly is the universal language. The ensemble, with a 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.

The Eileen Ivers concert will be the first of six concerts in the LCCC's 2021-22 Celtic Music Series. The live music will continue with the duo of Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter (Nov. 4), a Celtic Christmas with Men of Worth (Dec. 9), Andrew Finn Magill and Dave Curley (Jan. 27), Cantrip (Feb. 20) and fiddler Gerry O'Connor with Richard Mandel (April 26). Current LCCC members will be extended a special series package price, with all six concerts for $125; this deal and other series packages will go on sale on Sept. 10.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located at 540 NE Hwy. 101, inside the historic Delake School. Reserved, table seats for the Oct. 3 show with Eileen Ivers are $20 for youth, $32 for seniors and students, and $35 for adults. Purchase online at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, over the phone at 541-994-9994, or in person during regular building hours, 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Monday. MORE PHOTOS BELOW

Doors at the center, 540 NE Hwy. 101, will open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.

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