New Single, Tour Dates + SongBook Naked Music!

ELEANOR MCEVOY – Announces New Single “Whisper A Prayer To The Moon” Out Sept 9th

Taken from album ‘Naked Music’ which is out now + Announces new Book ‘Naked Music”!

 “Generously soulful”- Hotpress 

“..simmers and nourishes with reliable ease” – Irish Times 

“Top Class” Sunday Times

Eleanor McEvoy continues her ‘Naked… Live’ tour, which will see her embark on dates across Ireland, Spain, Germany, Australia Scotland with more territories to be added in the UK and elsewhere in 2017. Naked Music is Eleanor’s new album, her music played in solitude in a beautiful farm recording studio in Norfolk, England. The recordings became a collaboration with famed British artist Chris Gollon. The Purchase of a Chris Gollon painting, and the subsequent meeting and conversations with the Artist, led to the Title Naked Music. With this focus, 4 canvasses were painted for the album artwork, then the tour de force Naked Music The Exhibition in Gallery Different in Trendy Fitzrovia London. The opening night was a special concert by Eleanor playing Naked… Live surrounded by 24 paintings inspired by the songs and titles of the album.

Naked… Live sees this solitary exploration of the best of her catalogue in the simple engaging starkness of her own performance. She walks in a single pool of light the stage is set with her electric guitar, acoustic guitar, violin, piano and a small amp. What follows, enthralled houses across Ireland and the UK. Referred to by a critic as “musical stand-up” The previous ALONE show entranced audiences with her singing, talking, anecdotes and playing, using her own songs and insightful interpretations of other writers (Chuck Berry, Georges Moustaki, Brian Wilson…).

+ ELEANOR MCEVOY PUBLISHES NAKED MUSIC, HER FIRST EVER SONGBOOK – Out Aug 30th 

Eleanor McEvoy is to publish Naked Music, her first ever songbook. Entitled ‘Naked Music-The Songbook’, the unique publication is a pioneering collaboration between McEvoy and the acclaimed English painter Chris Gollon. It includes lyrics and melodies from the songs on McEvoy’s 2016 album Naked Music, alongside 24 of Gollon’s stunning paintings inspired by the music on that album.

The project has already been invited to headline the Louder Than Words Festival in Manchester in November 2016.

As McEvoy herself explains, “It’s probably every songwriters’ ambition, to publish a songbook of their works, but I deferred taking the traditional route and sought something more challenging. That came when the positive response to Chris Gollon’s paintings on the cover of my album Naked Music inspired me to want to

develop the collaboration further. Working on Naked Music-The Songbook with Chris was both daunting and challenging, but it was also an entirely enriching experience.”

With starkly intimate photographs of McEvoy taken by Shane McCarthy, Naked Music-The Songbook also features an introductory essay by best-selling author Jackie Hayden exploring the nature of such collaborations, alongside interviews with both Gollon and McEvoy about the evolution of their boundary- crossing partnership. Art aficionados have already singled out Gollon’s interpretations of McEvoy’s recordings of ‘Deliver Me’, ‘Please Heart You’re Killing Me’, ‘Whisper a Prayer to the Moon’ and her inventive reworking of Thomas Moore’s ‘Oft In the Stilly Night’ for special attention.

Eleanor’s history is well documented at this point, a difficult childhood in the emerging dreary 1960s Dublin. The light at the end of the tunnel was the music brought to her and played by her elder siblings. So by the age of 14, she was winning violin competitions (the Oireachtas), playing in youth orchestras, and in folk groups. Sufficient musical acumen and sufficient grades, earned her a place in Trinity College Dublin’s music degree course. From there she went on to a parallel career of playing in Ireland’s Symphony Orchestra and being a band and session musician for Greats including Phil Coulter and Mary Black, eventually the need to do her own music won out and she was propelled into orbit by the success of Woman’s Heart and a US record deal. This trajectory continues to this day with the wonderful musical intimacy of her show Naked… Live, featuring her own music   as well as co-writes with the likes of Lloyd Cole and Rodney Crowell.

Sept Irish Tour dates: (for a list of European dates see website)

Fri 2nd Alley Theatre, Strabane, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Fri 9th Glor, Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland

Sat 10th First Fruits Arts Centre, Watergrasshill, Co Cork

ELEANOR McEVOY- NAKED MUSIC – The Songbook – with paintings by Chris Gollon is available in

selected stores nationwide and online at hotpress.com/shop at €16.95 / £16:00 from Aug 30th.

Easy To Lose Hope

A quote from Eleanor

“A wonderful video of my home town, Dublin, Ireland directed by Derek Merren in honour of Irish journalist Veronica Guerin who was murdered by Irish drug lords on 26th June 1996. The song is “Easy To Lose Hope” from my album “SNAPSHOTS” I wrote the song in the weeks following her death. Sadly, 20 years later, it’s still relevant today. “…We Must Not Be Afraid…”

 

Snowflakes Fall

“Snowflakes Fall” co-written by myself and James Cramer. The video was directed by Patrick Walsh, D.O.P Stephen C Walsh, and produced by Whispered Films.

A special thanks to Eddie Jackson and all the staff at The Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin.
‘Snowflakes Fall’ is available now on iTunes

ELEANOR MCEVOY 2013

“IF YOU LEAVE…” ELEANOR MCEVOY MOSCD4010

Described by Joe Duffy on Christmas Eve as ‘The Woman who gave her Heart to the Nation’, Eleanor
McEvoy announces the release of ‘If You Leave…’ her first all new studio album since I’d Rather Go
Blonde in 2010

The new recording features 8 news songs and 4 interpretations including God only Knows, True Colors,
and Lift the Wings from Riverdance. Recorded live in the studio with some of Ireland’s finest players this
album of soulful performances shows Eleanor in a bluesier neo-retro style.

To coincide with the If You Leave…’ album launch Eleanor plays selected dates round Ireland on
her ongoing GIRL IN A BLACK CAR TOUR

Her performances are intimate, emotional, uplifting affairs in which she explores soul, love and humour,
using own compositions and interpretations from other songbooks, with her unique voice and beautiful
playing.

Formerly a session musician, including a long stint with The NSO, she decided whilst, with The Mary
Black Band, that she should cash in the savings and develop her own career.

One week her life changed. Mary”s label owner heard Eleanor play a self-penned song that would give
a name and title track to their planned all woman compilation… ‘A Woman’s Heart Ireland’s best selling
album

Simultaneously she was signed to Geffen where her eponymous album went on to sell ¼ million copies.
Precious Little was a Billboard hit and Sophie has become a worldwide focus and comfort to millions of
young people with eating disorders.

Her most recent album Alone is a collection of her best-loved songs performed solo.

Watch out for the BIG BLACK CAR as it comes your way, a large Australian Ford
Fairlane Estate (one of only 3 ever privately sold)

March

Fri. 1              Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, 37 Great James St, Derry

Sat. 2              The Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Road, Belfast

Thurs. 7            The Crane, Sea Road, Galway

Fri. 15             Seamus Ennis Centre, Main St, Naul, Co. Dublin

Fri. 22             The Leeson Lounge Dublin 4

Sat. 23             The Lodge, Ballyellis, Mallow, Co. Cork           

April

Fri 19th            Cork Opera House, Cork

ALONE CD now available in USA from eleanormcevoy.com

PURCHASE ALONE

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Eleanor and MOSCODISC are pleased to announce that Eleanor’s album Alone is now available for purchase in the United States directly from her website. The cost of the album is $12.00 plus a shipping and handling charge of $3.99 for first CD. An additional $2.00 shipping charge will be added for each subsequent CD purchased. Payments will be made through PayPal.

DON’T BLAME THE TUNE

Eleanor is pleased to announce the release of her new single Don’t Blame The Tune. She has just finished her hugely successful ‘Girl In A Black Car Tour’ of the UK and is heading back into the studio to put the finishing touches on her upcoming album. Don’t Blame The Tune is currently playlisted on RTE Radio 1 and is available for purchase from Irish iTunes and UK iTunes.

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THE SECRET OF LIVING

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Dara Records are proud to announce the release of the outstanding new single The Secret of Living written by Eleanor McEvoy and featuring Eleanor, Sharon Shannon, Mary Coughlan, Gemma Hayes and Hermione Hennessy. The Secret of Living will be availble on iTunes for download Friday 27 July. It is the first single to be taken from the forthcoming album A Woman’s Heart – 20th Anniversary Collection, due for release in September. Only A Woman’s Heart, which featured Eleanor with Mary Black , was a ground-breaking hit in 1992 and contributed to the phenomenal success of the album A Woman’s Heart.


The highly anticipated new Collection will feature a unique mix of new recordings and hits from the original Woman’s Heart line-up, supplemented with the addition of Gemma Hayes and Hermione Hennessy – both of whom are currently appearing on the live ‘Woman’s Heart’ tour.


‘A Woman’s Heart’ is live at the Olympia Theatre for 5 nights, 29 Aug – 2  Sept and features performances from Eleanor McEvoy, Dolores Keane, Hermione Hennessy, Sharon Shannon, Mary Coughlan and Gemma Hayes. Tickets are on sale now from €25 including booking fee.

New Woman’s Heart 20th Anniversary Concert Dates

Earlier this year all four of the Woman’s Heart 20th Anniversary Concerts at The Olympia Theatre were performed to sold out audiences. If you missed the shows or would like to see them again you’re in luck. The Woman’s Heart 20th Anniversary Concerts are returning to The Olympia for five nights from 29 August – 2 September. Tickets are now available through Ticketmaster ie.

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WOMAN’S HEART DOCUMENTARY

The Woman’s Heart 20th Anniversary Concert is the subject of a documentary by Kiara Murphy. The documentary will air tonight, 28 April, on RTE Radio 1 at 6pm. The documentary is also available as a podcast on the RTE Radio 1 website. Kiara, her friends, and family attended one of the concerts to present Eleanor and the other women in the show a cake with thanks for the songs they have loved for years – songs they have passed on to their daughters.

WOMAN’S HEART DOCUMENTARY RTE RADIO 1

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