Scarlet Rivera

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Scarlet Rivera
Birth nameDonna Shea[1]
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresRock, Celtic, new-age, world music
Years active1975–Present
LabelsBci / Eclipse Music
Associated actsBob Dylan
Rolling Thunder Revue

Scarlet Rivera, born Donna Shea, is an American violinist. She is best known for her work with Bob Dylan, in particular on his album Desire and as part of the Rolling Thunder Revue.

Early career[edit]

Bob Dylan is said to have discovered Rivera before the rehearsal for his 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour. After a session with her, Dylan invited Rivera to play on the Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Rivera has multiple CDs as a composer in numerous styles, instrumental, new-age, Celtic and world music. Rivera has performed in the US, Europe and Japan with her Celtic group. She also recorded and performed with Tracy Chapman, Indigo Girls, Kori Linae Carothers, Keb Mo and others. Rivera was a soloist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Carnival of Venice, Italy. She continues to be an active recording artist, performer and composer.[2]


She has also appeared on albums by Tracy Chapman (Crossroads), Keb Mo' (The Door), Dee Dee Bridgewater (Just Family), David Johansen (Funky but Chic), Ian McNabb (Head Like a Rock) Kori Carothers,' Trilium' and others.

Recent work[edit]

In recent years Rivera has recorded New Age, instrumental, World, and Celtic music. She has also toured in Japan with the group Ritual and recorded the album Celtic which was released in Japan.[3] She also played violin on the 2014 album After the Fall, by UK-based Dodson and Fogg.

Personal life[edit]

Rivera is of Irish-Sicilian ancestry.[1] She was married in 1991 to the British session keyboardist Tommy Eyre.The marriage lasted until his death in 2001.[4]


  • Scarlet Rivera (Warner Bros., 1977)
  • Scarlet Fever (Warner Bros., 1978)
  • Celtic Dreams (Bci/Eclipse Music, 1998)
  • Celtic Myst (Bci/Eclipse Music, 1998)
  • Behind the Crimson Veil – Scarlet Rivera and Tommy Eyre (Bci/Eclipse Music, 1999)
  • Celtic Spirit (Bci/Eclipse Music, 1998)[5]
  • Classic Christmas[citation needed]
  • Voice of the Animals (Scarlet Rivera, 2000)
  • Journey with an Angel (Echo Sonic, 2003)[6]
  • Magical Christmas (Bci/Eclipse Music, 2004)
  • A New Map of the World (DISCONFORME SPAIN, 2004) by Ritual (Uruguay)

With Bob Dylan[edit]

With Peter Maffay[edit]

  • Sonne in der Nacht - 1. Diese Sucht die Leben heißt, (LP,CD,Video,DVD)`` (1984) (WEA Musik)

With Dee Dee Bridgewater[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Jerome, Jim. "Bob Dylan Spotted Scarlet Rivera on the Street, the Rest Is Rock History". People Magazine. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. ^ Dylan, Bob "Bob Dylan", Scarlet Rivera's Official Website, April 06, 2006. Accessed January 7, 2010.[dead link]
  3. ^ Rivera, Scarlet "News", Scarlet Rivera's Official Website, April 06, 2006. Accessed January 7, 2010.[dead link]
  4. ^ Perrone, Pierre "Tommy Eyre", The Independent, June 13, 2001. Accessed January 7, 2010.
  5. ^ Apple Inc. "Celtic Spirit", January 7, 2010. Accessed January 7, 2010.
  6. ^ Apple Inc. "Journey With An Angel", January 7, 2010. Accessed January 7, 2010.

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