A celebration of Americana music ...the growth of Bluegrass, Appalachian, Quebecois, Cajun music from Celtic influence. Charity from the Choctaws. Repurposed slave ships and New Orleans dance crazes. Icy Canadian islands, Appalachian hollers, railway camps in the desert. These are all scenes and skeins of Irish experience, a trail of tales left by millions of travelers fleeing famine and seeking hope. The story of the Irish immigrant’s impact on America and America’s impact on the Irish immigrant told through music, story, dance and film. Also adapted for orchestra.
"No one puts forth Irish music with more passion, virtuosity, and care than Eileen Ivers and her superb band. Her latest project powerfully attests to the influence of traditional Irish music in America. Ivers is a national treasure." George Holt, National Council f/t Traditional Arts - Chairman, Board of Directors, and North Carolina Museum of Art - Director of Performing Arts
“Eileen Ivers is the joy of life incarnate. Beyond the Bog Road, aside from exhilarating entertainment, educated and moved me. I have never experienced so many members of an audience that were not only excited by a performance, but truly grateful to an artist such as Eileen.” Jonathan Winkle, Executive Director Wilson Center of Brookfield, Wisconsin
"Nobody does it better than Eileen Ivers. Not only does the orchestra savor her musicianship and professionalism, but, she never misses to bring a pops audience to its feet with thunderous ovations." - Marvin Hamlisch, National Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Pops Conductor
Eileen Ivers gave one of the most exciting Pops concerts for the Portland Symphony Orchestra. The audience, the orchestra players and I were glued to her breathless virtuoso fiddle performance. There were long and loud standing ovations throughout the concert. At the end, the audience refused to let the musicians go off the stage. We will definitely bring her back The message to other symphony orchestras: You must bring Eileen Ivers to your community!" - Toshiyuki Shimada, Music Director and Conductor, Portland Symphony Orchestra
Beyond The Bog Road with Study Guide (all age groups) Live band, multimedia presentation focusing on the growth of Americana music from the roots of Celtic influences. The program encourages students to discover the contributions of their ethnicities to the American fabric. The study guide presents topics including basic concepts of music, folk instruments, and the Celtic and African influence on Bluegrass, Quebecois, Appalachian and Cajun styles
Outreach Program (all age groups) Eileen and the band present a variety of traditional instruments and showcase the ways modern instruments have entered into the tradition. The relevance of roots music in today's popular music is emphasized. The music comes alive as participants sing and clap out rhythms alongside fiddle, acoustic guitar and accordion to electric wah-wah fiddle, congas and funk bass.
"Eileen and Immigrant Soul are natural educators. Eileen's proficiency and overall "coolness" will have a tremendous impact on their music study." - Wendi Hassan, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Logan, UT
“A fast-paced, high energy, superb performance.” – Fred Kaiser, Program Chairman, Philadelphia Folk Festival "Eileen Ivers brought in the biggest audience we’ve had in 15 years and proceeded to knock the crowds out with the most electrifying performance we’ve ever seen!" - Peter Aucella, Director, Lowell Festival
"I am still in the clouds from that outstanding performance Eileen and the band gave. I am sure the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival has never seen that level of energy, excitement and enthusiasm in its 40-year history." - Dennis Lynch, Director, Shenendoah Valley Music Festival
"I know too that many of the other world-class musicians who played those three Tønder Festivals still talk about the joy of playing sessions with Eileen and the boys. Peer approval is not easily earned. As a festival organizer, I see every aspect of a band, not just the music. What are they like to work with? Yes, these are great musicians, yes, they spark electric audience contact, yes, they have connected logistics, sound economic sense, and they are in place on time: with Eileen Ivers we can check all the boxes!" - Carsten Panduro, Artistic Director, Tonder Festival, Tonder, Denmark
A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS
It's the most wonderful time of the year …and, for over twenty years, Eileen and the band have been celebrating the glorious story of Christmas thoughtfully, uniquely and with pure unbridled joy!! Eileen’s Irish and American roots shine through the evening’s music, beautifully mixing traditional, story-filled folk, age-old Wren Day songs, a jig-ified Bach, fiddle looping, and of course foot stomping and hollering roots music. Eileen and the ensemble’s twenty instruments and voices weave throughout the evening coupled with Ivers’ signature warmth, inviting listeners in for a tuneful, soulful celebration capturing the true spirit of the season rejoicing in the traditional story of Christmas.
§ Local choirs and Irish step dancers can be incorporated into the experience. Also adapted for orchestra.