NORWICH – Growing up as the child or Irish immigrants, Eileen Ivers Bronx home was always filled with the sounds of traditional Irish music, and those sounds convinced her early in life that music was something she was passionate about. Years later, after winning nine All-Ireland Fiddle Championships – the first at age 10 – and touring the United States and beyond with various musical groups and her own band Immigrant Soul, Ivers will be performing in Norwich at the Chenango County Council of the Arts.
Hoping that she would go into dance, Ivers’ parents encouraged her to take up something traditionally Irish. “They encouraged dancing, but I wasn’t any good at it and I didn’t like it,” Ivers said. Instead, at age eight she choose the fiddle, and just two years later, she won her first All-Ireland Fiddle Championship. “It was a big deal for an American born player to win,” Ivers said of the competition, “and it was positive reinforcement for a kid. The legacy was part of the tradition, so I kept competing.”