Eileen Ivers

Eileen Ivers (born July 13, 1965) is an American fiddler.

Ivers was born in New York City of Irish-born parents, grew up in the Bronx and attended St. Barnabas High School.[1] She spent summers in Ireland and took up the fiddle at the age of nine. Her teacher was the Irish fiddler Martin Mulvihill.[2] She toured with Mick Moloney's band The Green Fields of America, founded in 1977. She graduated magna cum laude from Iona College in New York and has done post-graduate work in mathematics.


Ivers was a founding member of Cherish the Ladies. She recorded and toured with them for several years.

In 1995, she replaced the original fiddler in the Riverdance Irish dance troupe and toured with them.[3]

Her original blue Barcus-Berry electric fiddle was eye-catching and inspired the name of her album Wild Blue. She later replaced it with a blue ZETA Strados acoustic-electric fiddle, which is a one-of-a-kind instrument with unique sound and ambience. It was custom-made for her by ZETA Music Systems (who will be producing an "Eileen Ivers Signature Series" Blue electric violin exactly like hers).

Ivers has recorded with Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, an Irish composer who uses folk, classical and jazz influences, on the television series River of Sound and on his album Becoming (1998).

She also recorded a traditional air for the soundtrack to the film Gangs of New York, entitled "Lament for Stalker Wallace". She appears on the soundtrack for the film Some Mother's Son.[4]

Ivers was also an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards' judging panel to support independent artists.[5]



  • Eileen Ivers – Traditional Irish Music (1994)
  • Wild Blue (1996)
  • So Far (1979–1995) (1995)
  • Crossing the Bridge (1999)
  • Gangs of New York "Lament for Stalker Wallace" (2002)
  • Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul (2003)
  • An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas (2007)

Cherish the Ladies

As a session or guest musician

As a guest artist


  1. Sauro, Tony (September 19, 2013). "Former math star takes the fiddling world by storm". Recordnet. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  2. Mullins, Emer. "Eileen Ivers: Bringing It All Back Home." Irish America. May/June 1996: 48+.
  3. Mullins, Emer. "Eileen Ivers: Bringing It All Back Home." Irish America. May/June 1996: 48+.
  4. Some Mother's Son (1996), retrieved January 18, 2019
  5. Independent Music Awards – Past Judges Archived July 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  6. "Song of the Irish Whistle". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  7. "Into the Deep: America, Whaling & The World". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  8. "Copper: Original Soundtrack". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
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