Ivers, whose parents were Irish immigrants, began playing fiddle at age 9. She was a founding member of Cherish the Ladies in the mid-1980s. Ivers launched her solo career in the early 1990s and did a stint with Riverdance beginning in 1995. Her debut album, “Eileen Ivers: Traditional Irish Music,” was released in 1994. Other releases include “Wild Blue” (1996), “Crossing the Bridge” (1999) and “Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul” (2003). Her latest album, “Beyond the Bog Road,” was released in
2016 and it was the fiddler’s first album since 2007’s “An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas.”
Ivers has performed with artists such as the Chieftans, the Boston Pops and Black 47. The concert with the Dayton Philharmonic is her only symphonic show during the current run of shows.
“We’ve been blessed to be doing the orchestra shows for 20 years and we do a sprinkling of them throughout the year,” Ivers said. “The orchestral shows are an extension of our theater shows but with this amazing, big old band and wonderful pallet of orchestral sounds that add so much to the arrangement.
“It’s a privilege to share the stage with such amazing musicians,” she continued. “It’s always a thrill and just goosebumps for me and the other band members.”
In addition to backing from the DPO, Ivers will be performing with bandmates Buddy Connolly (accordion, whistles, keyboards), Matt Mancuso (guitar, trumpet, fiddle, vocals), Lindsey Horner (bass, baritone sax) and Dave Barckow (percussion, guitar, vocals).
“It’s important to me it’s represented with the band,” she said. “At times the orchestra will be playing with us and be an integral part of the arrangement. There are also some tacit areas in the charts where the band and I can really improvise and take it out because that’s the nature of Celtic music. We try to balance both ends of it.”
WANT TO GO?
What: "Celtic Spirit" with Eileen Ivers and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23
More info: Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com