A MESSAGE FROM ELEANOR

Hi everyone,

My new album “Alone” is to be released on 12th September. It is now available to pre-order on Amazon.

It’s a really unusual album for me in that it’s just me on my own, playing as I do on stage. It came about as a result of me having a few days off in the middle of an English tour. There wasn’t enough time to come home but the thought of staying in (yet another) hotel or B&B was more than I could cope with at that point.

I called up The Grange studio in Norfolk, where I’ve done quite a bit of recording over the years, to see if I could stay in one of the cottages in the  grounds. They told me to come on down. When I got there the studio turned out to be free, so Dave the engineer suggested I go in and sing some songs.

To be honest, I wasn’t in a great frame of mind at the time, so I went in and sang my heart out.  I had no plan or vision, nor, therefore, was I under any pressure. I was just singing my songs with my electric, as I do on stage every night.

When friends and colleagues heard the result there was an overwhelming reaction that the session should be released as an album. I was initially reluctant because while I really love the mood and ‘vibe’ of the session, I feel it’s a risk for me to release something so stripped back…. but on the basis that fortune favours the bold……

You can pre-order “Alone” here:

Amazon UK

I’m doing 17 dates throughout the UK in September and October to promote “Alone”. The dates are here:

Tour Dates

My continued thanks for all the letters and the messages you post to Facebook and Twitter. Most of all thanks for coming to the gigs and buying the music for all these years.

Lots of love,

Eleanor

MESSAGE FROM ELEANOR

Hi all,

I’m off on the road again. If you, or any of your friends or relatives, live in Australia  please come along to one (or more) of the shows.

Also, you can download my single “I’d Rather Go Blonde” for free and “pay with a Tweet or a Facebook page post.” Just go to my the main page on this site and click on the button Pay with a Tweet or Facebook

Many thanks

G’day g’day

Eleanor


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PAT MORAN

PAT MORAN

I was very sorry to hear that Pat Moran passed away on Saturday (8th January). Pat produced my first album and made a huge impression on me. He talked me through the quagmire of the music business in the early days and sometimes terrified the living daylights out of me too!

He was an eccentric in the extreme, and regardless of the studio  we  were working in, Windmill Lane in Dublin, Rockfield in Wales, or the Record Plant in Los Angeles his reputation proceeded him. Underneath the sometimes unconventional manner he had a good heart and a deep rooted love of music. To this day I cannot hear a track that he produced for me without  it bringing to mind some funny anecdote.

My thoughts  go out to Brien, John, and all the family.

R.I.P. Pat, you’ll live on in our hearts in the music you were such a big part of.

Eleanor

VIDEO OF ELEANOR

A video of Eleanor and her song Sophie is now up on You Tube. Sophie, from Eleanor’s third album, has come to be an anthem for many who suffer from eating disorders. It has been used as the soundtrack for scores of videos across the internet with over a million viewings on You Tube. This is the first video of  Eleanor doing this song.

SHIBBOLETH

When Eleanor sat down to write her new album, I’d Rather Go Blonde, Ireland was in the grips of severe winter weather, a devastating economic crisis, and the continuing abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. The songs that emerged came straight from Eleanor’s own heart but their message is a reflection of the heart of all Ireland. The 6th song on the album, Shibboleth, is especially relevant in light of the news of the bailout of the Irish government this week. Eleanor described Shibboleth in a recent article in Irish Music Magazine. “What I did with that was a trick on what the old traditional Irish songs used to do where you weren’t allowed to talk about the conflict, or England, so they used to talk about Ireland as woman. I’m doing the same in Shibboleth. I’m singing as if it’s a person: ‘Mo ghra, mo chraoi, mo cuisle/How hard it is to see/ A mhuirin, they have brought you to your knees.’ But I’m actually singing about Ireland.
'Shibboleth'
(E. McEvoy)
Your beauty in the spotlight
It was something to behold
A final hope of something good
A pool of solid gold

Mo ghra, mo chroi, mo chuisle
How hard it is to see
A mhuirnin, they have brought you to your knees

You Riverdanced around the world
A shining shibboleth
You dared to take the breath away
Of everyone you met

Mo ghra, mo chroi, mo chuisle
How hard it is to see
A mhuirnin, they have brought you to your knees

The rains that you’re so famous for
I’ve only realised
Are just the tears you fail to keep
Cascading from your eyes

Mo ghra, mo chroi, mo chuisle
How hard it is to see
A mhuirnin, they have brought you to your knees

Mo ghra, mo chroi, mo chuisle
How hard it is to see
A mhuirnin, they have brought you to your knees

ELEANOR PERFORMS IN THE SHED

Eleanor recently performed three songs from her new album, I’d Rather Go Blonde, on Jon Earl’s Songs From The Shed. Jon, who turned his garden shed into a recording studio “for a laugh,” has been besieged by bands from across the world queueing up to play there. Jon films the acoustic performances himself on a hand-held video camera and then posts them on You Tube. The site has been getting an increasing amount of traffic on You Tube and has now come to the attention of the press. Both the Express.co.uk and the London Times both ran articles today.You can view all of the videos on the website  Songs From The Shed. You can also view Eleanor’s videos directly on You Tube.

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THE SHED