FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: February 21, 2001

Contact: Debi Edwards, 206-6150

Riverdance fiddle star Eileen Ivers to play at Sangamon Auditorium

SPRINGFIELD - Seven-time All-Ireland fiddle champion and chief instrumentalist of Riverdance, Eileen Ivers will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium, sponsored by WSEC 14/65.

Ivers has established herself as the world’s pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle. Backed by her brilliantly versatile band, she creates programs that showcase a unique Irish-fusion sound, drawing upon a wide range of musical styles while remaining true to Celtic traditions.

Born in an Irish community in the Bronx, New York, Ivers began playing the fiddle at the age of eight and eventually studied with famed Limerick-born fiddler Martin Mulvihill. Though she began with traditional Irish sounds, she has been exploring different types of music throughout her life and her music has evolved to include African rhythms, flamenco, and Cuban styles. In February 1999, Ivers released her debut solo recording on Sony Classical, Crossing the Bridge, which blends her Irish-based fusion style with the sounds of an array of celebrated world-music performers, including John Doyle and Seamus Egan of Solas, Bakithi Kumalo, Joanie Madden of Cherish the Ladies, and jazz artists Eddie Gomez and Randy Brecker.

A Pre-show Discussion & Questions session (PDQ), sponsored by Barnes & Noble, will be held at 7:15 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, PAC level 1.

Tickets are $24, 21, 19, and 12. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office, (217) 206-6160 or (800) 207-6960, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The auditorium administrative offices can be reached at (217) 206-6150 or by e-mail at onstage@uis.edu.

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