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Pre-eminent Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul present a holiday show at The Ridgefield Playhouse

By Ridgefield Playhouse

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Called “a sensation” by Billboard magazine and said to “…electrify the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing” by The New York Times, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul will perform their holiday show, An Nollaig: an Irish Christmas, at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, December 9, at 8 p.m. A multi-award winning violinist which includes Grammy and international awards, Eileen Ivers and her touring production ensemble, Immigrant Soul, have headlined in prestigious performing arts centers, with symphonies, at major festivals and on national and international television with the kind of life and spirit that connects with audiences.

Special guest is The Gray School of Irish Dance, established in Connecticut for more than 30 years and known for performers who are passionate, graceful and determined athletes. The Gray Gillan Dancers have won many regional, national and international titles including the 2009 North American Irish Dancing Champions for girls under 16 ceili (group figure dancing) team and 5 top six positions in 2009 for solo dancing. Media sponsors are 98Q, WLAD and Oldies 850. This event is part of the Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer/Songwriter Series.

Eileen Ivers is the pre-eminent artist-performer of the Irish fiddle in the world today whose much-lauded talents earned her a role on the movie soundtrack for Gangs of New York, performances for U.S. presidents, and she was the original musical star of Riverdance. From her roots as an Irish immigrant in the Bronx, New York, she started playing violin at the age of eight and went on to win nine All-Ireland fiddle championships and tenor banjo awards making Eileen Ivers one of the most recognized persons ever to compete in these prestigious competitions. “She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing…then she focuses her attention outwards to the audience, who shout and cheer…” exclaimed The Irish Times. The Boston Globe wrote: “The Eileen Ivers Band rocked the house everywhere it played. …A beautifully inventive fiddler…Her playing tradition-rich yet adventurous, spiced with world, jazz and pop.”

For tickets ($50), call or visit the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT; ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

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