Eileen Ivers

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Eileen Ivers on stage in Lorient, Brittany in 2003

Eileen Ivers (born July 13, 1965) is an American fiddler.

Ivers was born in New York City of Irish-born parents, grew up in the Bronx and attended St. Barnabas High School.[1] She spent summers in Ireland and took up the fiddle at the age of nine. Her teacher was the Irish fiddler Martin Mulvihill.[2] She toured with Mick Moloney's band The Green Fields of America, founded in 1977. She graduated magna cum laude from Iona College in New York and has done post-graduate work in mathematics.


Ivers was a founding member of Cherish the Ladies. She recorded and toured with them for several years.[citation needed]

In 1995, she replaced the original fiddler in the Riverdance Irish dance troupe and toured with them.[3]

Her original blue Barcus-Berry electric fiddle was eye-catching and inspired the name of her album Wild Blue. She later replaced it with a blue ZETA Strados acoustic-electric fiddle, which is a one-of-a-kind instrument with unique sound and ambience. It was custom-made for her by ZETA Music Systems (who will be producing an "Eileen Ivers Signature Series" Blue electric violin exactly like hers).[citation needed]

Ivers has recorded with Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, an Irish composer who uses folk, classical and jazz influences, on the television series River of Sound and on his album Becoming (1998).[citation needed]

She also recorded a traditional air for the soundtrack to the film Gangs of New York, entitled "Lament for Stalker Wallace". She appears on the soundtrack for the film Some Mother's Son.[citation needed]

Ivers was also an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards' judging panel to support independent artists.[4]



  • Eileen Ivers – Traditional Irish Music (1994)
  • Wild Blue (1996)
  • So Far (1979–1995) (1995)
  • Crossing the Bridge (1999)
  • Gangs of New York "Lament for Stalker Wallace" (2002)
  • Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul (2003)
  • An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas (2007)

Cherish the Ladies[edit]

As a session or guest musician[edit]

As a guest artist[edit]


  1. ^ Sauro, Tony (September 19, 2013). "Former math star takes the fiddling world by storm". Recordnet. Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
  2. ^ Mullins, Emer. "Eileen Ivers: Bringing It All Back Home." Irish America. May/June 1996: 48+.
  3. ^ Mullins, Emer. "Eileen Ivers: Bringing It All Back Home." Irish America. May/June 1996: 48+.
  4. ^ Independent Music Awards – Past Judges Archived July 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Song of the Irish Whistle". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Into the Deep: America, Whaling & The World". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Copper: Original Soundtrack". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 

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