Champion fiddler coming to Logan for performance

The Center for the Arts is proud to present the return of Nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champ and Riverdance show stopper, Eileen Ivers. Ivers along other Old Time musicians will celebrate the story of the immigrant’s journey during her 2010 tour of “Beyond the Bog Road – An Irish-American Experience” on March 1 & 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ellen Eccles Theatre. Tickets for this performance can be purchased online at or at the Cache Valley Center for the Arts Ticket Office in the Bullen Center at 43 South Main. Ticket prices range from $21 – $32. To order tickets simply visit, (435)752-0026, or visit the CVCA Ticket Office located at 43 South Main in Downtown Logan Arts District. For a complete schedule and full details on the entire 2009-2010 season lineup, visit our website or call and request a free brochure. “Eileen Ivers if bursting with talent and accomplishments,” said Wally Bloss, executive director for the Cache Valley Center for the Arts. “Ivers has a long history of performing with some of the best musicians and in some of the finest venues including the Ellen Eccles Theatre.”She’s been called a “sensation” by Billboard magazine and “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times. “She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing” says The Irish Times. Ivers’ recording credits include over 100 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. The Bronx-born Irish-American is a nine-time All-Ireland fiddle champion, original music star of Riverdance, a founding member of Cherish the Ladies, and a best-selling recording artist. Eileen is hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and World music genres.Eileen toured to Cache Valley in April of 2005, selling over 1,700 tickets. Her unique performances appeal to all types of listeners and audiences of all ages. This performance is the perfect opportunity to engage young musicians in celebrating Irish-American music but also the incredible and engaging style that Ivers has mastered.Eileen created Beyond the Bog Road, a multimedia concert of music, story, dance and film. The concert celebrates the journey of the Irish immigrant and showcases how Irish music and dance have integrated with various roots music of North America to create one of the richest cross-fertilizations of folk music styles in the world. It is a celebration of the immigrant’s journey – it is the story of the Irish immigrant’s impact on America and America’s impact on the Irish immigrant. The Beyond the Bog Road CD will be released in 2010. When Ivers talks about the upcoming tour “Beyond the Bog Road,” she mentions that “some tunes are heartbreakingly sad and others uplifting; some tunes are hundreds of years old and others recently composed in the style of the tradition. It is all honest music of a strong and resilient people who overcame much adversity. It is music which represents the emotions of life in the continuum of a powerful living tradition that has now reached to every corner of the globe …far beyond the bog road.” Ivers will be sharing the stage with some old friends and some of the finest musicians including Irish vocalist Niamh Parsons, Three time All-Ireland accordion champion Buddy Connolly, Multi-instrumentalist and producer Greg Anderson, and bassist Leo Traversa. This concert will feature dance by Matthew Olwell, Kristyn Fontanella and special guests from Utah’s Crawford School of Irish Dance. The backdrop for the show is video designed by DJ Mendel, who has recently directed Rosanne Cash’s Black Cadillac In Concert and the Award winning Accidental Nostalgia.The daughter of Irish immigrants, Eileen Ivers grew up in the culturally diverse neighborhood of 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.Being an Irish-American, the intrigue of learning more about the multicultural sounds of her childhood took hold. After graduating magna cum laude in Mathematics from Iona College and while continuing her post-graduate work in Mathematics, Eileen fully immersed herself in the different genres of music which she experienced growing up in New York. Perhaps it was the mathematical mind coupled with her passion for seeking parallels in certain traditional music styles which contributed to what has become the signature sound featured in much of Eileen’s recordings since the late 1980’s.In 1999 Eileen established a touring production to present the music that now encompasses Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul. The ensemble headlines prestigious performing arts centers, guest stars with numerous symphonies, performs at major festivals worldwide, and has appeared on national and international television. The L.A. Times proclaims, “Ivers’ presentation was music with the kind of life and spirit that come together when talented artists from different backgrounds find the linkages that connect all forms of music…no wonder the audience loved every minute.”EILEEN IVERS will be at the Ellen Eccles Theatre on March 1st & 2nd, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit Tickets to the performance range from $21 to $32 and can be purchased at the Cache Valley Center for the Arts ticket office, 435-752-0026 or CVCA offers discounts when purchasing tickets for multiple shows, groups, USU Students, and children. Don’t wait because there are no discounts available on days-of-show.The Cache Valley Center for the Arts Ticket Office is in the Bullen Center located at 43 South Main. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and one hour prior to all show times. Visit for additional information or call 435-752-0026 for more information.These two performances are made possible through the performing arts season at the Cache Valley Center for the Arts and the generous support from this shows sponsors including Café Sabor, Cache Valley Electric Co., Cache Valley Radio Group – Q92, Hamiltons Steak & Seafood, The Herald Journal, and Weston Inn Best Western. The 2009-2010 CVCA Season is made possible in part by funds from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation; Marie Eccles Caine Foundation – Russell Family; Cache County Restaurant/RAPZ Tax Funds, Logan City Cultural Arts Grant; Utah Arts Council & the National Endowment for the Arts; Wasatch Logan Arts Foundation, and WESTAF.

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