Nine-time All-Ireland fiddle champion and Grammy Award winner Eileen Ivers and her band Immigrant Soul will bring their signature sound of Afro-Latin-Irish fusion to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Saturday, July 31 at 8 p.m.

The group bridges the gap between its Celtic roots and styles ranging from jazz, salsa and flamenco; to rock, funk and even electronica. The result is a super high-energy performance that gets audiences on their feet.

A virtuoso Celtic fiddler, Ivers has been hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and world music genres, and her long list of accomplishments has given her an incredible reputation in the Celtic music world and beyond. She has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and the Boston Pops. She was the original musical star of “Riverdance” and has collaborated with such diverse acts as The Chieftains, Sting, Hall & Oates, Afrocelts, Patti Smith, Paula Cole, Al Di Meola and Steve Gadd.

Ivers was a founding member of the popular Celtic group Cherish the Ladies. Her recording credits include more than 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. In addition to her nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, Ivers has won one on tenor banjo and more than 30 other championship medals, making her one of the most awarded persons ever to compete in these prestigious competitions.

Tickets for Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul are $25 for adults and $15 for students, general admission. Tickets are available by calling 594-0070 or online at

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to