now playing: Eileen Ivers: An Nollaig
Ivers is a fiddle player, founding member of Cherish the Ladies and principal fiddle player with Riverdance among her credits. On An Nollaig there’s no doubt that she’s leader of a lively ensemble including members of her regular road band as well as guests recruited for the occasion. They kick things off with a high speed take on Hark the Herald Angels Sing and wind through reels, carols, Bach, a bit of Charlie Brown Christmas, a lovely song with Susan McKeown on vocals called One Night in Bethlehem and sung in both English and Irish, and close things out with a gathering together of all these things and uplifting of the spirit of them on O Holy Night.
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