The Chocolate Church Arts Center will present a special Christmas performance from the Grammy winning, Emmy-nominated fiddler Eileen Ivers and her ensemble of musicians on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The show, Eileen Ivers’ “A Joyful Christmas,” will mix traditional Irish songs, reinterpreted classical music and holiday tunes, and what Ivers affectionately calls “foot stomping and hollering roots music.”
Ivers, dubbed “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times, is the daughter of Irish immigrants, and grew up in the Bronx, where at the age of eight, she became active in the Irish traditional music scene. She went on to win nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, and a tenth on tenor banjo. From there, Ivers hurtled to international stardom, performing as a founding member of the acclaimed Celtic group Cherish the Ladies, as well as with superstars like Sting, Hall and Oates, and Patti Smith. Her recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums, and numerous movie scores, including Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York.”
For over 20 years, Eileen Ivers and her ensemble have been celebrating the holiday season with “A Joyful Christmas.” The ensemble’s voices and twenty-plus instruments weave together a Celtic tradition with a contemporary sensibility, as Ivers uses a loop pedal to create unique textures with sensational virtuosity.
Tickets range from $38-$42 in advance or $47 at the door, and are available at www.chocolatechurcharts.org or by calling 207-442-8455. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office of the Chocolate Church Arts Center, located at 804 Washington St. in Bath.