TENDER MERCIES: Songs and Stories From Our American Roots: The Eileen Ivers Band
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Called “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by the New York Times and a “sensation” by Billboard Magazine, Grammy winning and Emmy nominated fiddler Eileen Ivers’ talent goes unmatched. Ivers’ recording credits include 80+ contemporary and traditional albums, numerous film scores and guest starring appearances with over 40 orchestras. A native New Yorker and daughter of Irish immigrants, Ivers was the original musical star of world-renown Riverdance.
Inspired by the Oscar-winning film Tender Mercies, written by the great American storyteller Horton Foote and starring Robert Duvall & Ellen Barkin, the festival will feature artists who celebrate colorful American stories and songs about people on the margins, often seeking a second chance. Echoing the musical interests of the younger generation in The Sheen Center's neighborhood, the festival also fits this year's mission to explore mercy and forgiveness as part of Pope Francis' "Year of Mercy," alongside other programming such as the sold-out engagement of David Mamet's The Anarchist and the current gallery exhibit Die Jim Crow featuring art from prison inmates.