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:
I’m doing 17 dates throughout the UK in September and October to promote “Alone”. The dates are here:
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,
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
The newest trailer for Paco Torres recently released film El Vuelo del tren features ‘I Hear You Breathing In’ from Eleanor’s fourth album Yola.
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.
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' (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 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.