Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Getting Hitched: Eileen Ivers and "Kitty's Wedding"

Today's tune is by Eileen Ivers, an American fiddler whose parents were Irish born. She was raised in The Bronx and took up fiddle at nine years old, studying under Irish fiddler Martin Mulvihill. Eileen Ivers first toured with the band The Green Fields of America. She later was a founding member of Cherish the Ladies and performed with them for several years. She joined the smash show Riverdance in 1985, replacing their original fiddler. She has also recorded an air that was used in the movie Gangs of New York, and she appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Some Mother's Son. She has released eight solo albums. This song, Kitty's Wedding, is from her 2016 crossover album Beyond the Bog Road, which features traditional Irish music along with American folk, blues and bluegrass.