September 2, 2008

Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul to Perform Saturday, September 6th at the Orange County Great Park

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Eileen Ivers, the sizzling Celtic violinist and musical star of "Riverdance," will perform at the Orange County Great Park on Saturday, September 6th at 8:00 p.m. as part of the Great Park Night Flight Concert Series. Ivers will perform with championship Irish step dancers from the Butler-Fearon-O'Connor School of Irish Dance in Orange County. Attendance and parking are free to the public.

Called the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin" by The New York Times, Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. She has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, the Boston Pops, the Chieftains, Patti Smith, among others. She has performed for presidents and royalty worldwide.

The daughter of Irish immigrants, Eileen Ivers grew up in the culturally diverse neighborhood of Bronx, New York. Rooted in traditional Irish music since the age of eight, Eileen proceeded to win nine All-Ireland Fiddle Championships, a tenth on tenor banjo, and over 30 championship medals, making her one of the most awarded musicians ever to compete in these prestigious competitions.

In 1999, Eileen established Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, a compelling mix of African and Latin percussion and bass, traditional Irish instruments, and soulful American vocals. The group, all American-born musicians who grew up in Irish immigrant communities, headlines major performing arts centers, guest stars with numerous symphony orchestras, performs at prominent festivals worldwide, and has appeared on national and international television.

Ivers' recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums as well as numerous movie scores. Her 2004 release Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul continues to illustrate why Ivers is hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and world music genres.

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The Butler-Fearon-O'Connor School of Irish Dance is one of the top Irish dance schools in the world. Founded in 2003 as a result of a merge between the world-famous Butler-Fearon School of Canada and California, and the O'Connor-Kennedy School in California, it has quickly become the premier school in the western US and eastern Canada, as well as internationally. Students from the Butler-Fearon-O'Connor School have won numerous titles, including North American, Great Britain, All-Scotland, All-Ireland, and World Champion. Several senior dancers from the school have toured with or are currently touring with Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. The school was named the No. 1 dance school in North America by Irish Dancing and Culture Magazine in 2005. For more information, please go to

The Orange County Great Park opened July 14, 2007 with the launch of the iconic Orange County Great Park Balloon. Visitors can also now enjoy the Preview Park that features a wide variety of visitor experiences including the Hangar 244 Cafe', picnic areas, and performance programs. More than 70,000 visitors have flown in the Balloon and visited the Preview Park to date.

In the future, the Orange County Great Park will provide a wide array of active and passive uses, including a 2.5 mile canyon and lake, miles of walking and biking trails, a cultural terrace, Orange County's largest sports park and a botanical garden.

   For more information, please go to    Upcoming events:    Friday Night Dance Parties    Sept 5 - Eve Selis    Queen of the roadhouse rockers    Sept 12 - Los Pinguos    Award-winning music from Buenos Aires    Sept 19 - Johnny Polanco y Conjunto Amistad    L.A.'s best-loved salsa band    Sept 26 - Pete Jacobs Wartime Radio Revue    The big band sounds of WWII from Benny Goodman to the Andrews Sisters     Saturday Night Concerts    Sept 6 - Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul    Nine-time All-Ireland fiddle champion    Sept 13 - Quetzal    Chicano folk rock - heirs to Los Lobos    Sept 20 - Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos    Classic Spanish flamenco music and dance    Sept 27 - Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile    Blistering bluegrass and classical crossover  

Orange County Great Park

CONTACT: Steve Larsen, +1-949-724-7414, for Orange County Great Park