HAPPY NEW YEAR

As I sit here writing this message it’s fair to say that this time last year, I did not think that we would still be in the throes of Covid 19, but this, sadly, is where we still find ourselves, with numbers yesterday here in Ireland reaching a record high.

Having said that – the solitude and lack of travel has meant that it’s been a wonderful year for me creatively. I have never before had this kind of time and space to really focus on writing and recording, and that really has been a joy to me.

The new album “Gimme Some Wine” is one of the projects I’m most proud of and I’ve been particularly moved with the amazing messages I’ve received in relation to my latest single “South Anne Street”. I’m massively grateful for the amount of radio play it received here in Ireland and for all of you who requested it and gave it such fantastic support.

The restrictions made me all the more grateful for the very few concerts I managed to play this year. The extraordinarily wonderful experience that was “BETTER NORMAL” the skiffle/New Orleans/Dublin style show that streamed for a month in September with a brilliant crew of Jess Kavanagh, Pauline Scanlon and 22 brilliantly talented musicians and singers was definitely a high light of the year, I sincerely hope we get to do it again sometime.

The other dates that I managed to perform in the brief period when restrictions lifted a little were the German tour dates in November. It was so great to be playing in front of such fantastic live audiences, the atmosphere was incredible and no kidding, I’m looking forward to the German dates next October already.

Looking to the future, I’m doing a really extensive tour all around Ireland from February- April and I’m so looking forward to getting back out on the highways and byways, small towns, big towns and playing the songs from the new album.

I’m also very excited to be doing the recently announced “A Woman’s Heart Orchestrated” with Wallis Bird, Maura O’Connell and the RTE Concert Orchestra in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin on Sunday 8th May 2022.

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I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the new year. This can be a funny time of year for many, so if you’re feeling a little down after all the stuff we’ve come through, light a candle, put on some music and know that better days are ahead.

I’d also like to extend my love and thoughts for those of you who have suffered a loss this year. The pandemic has made the loss of a loved one even more difficult than usual. When I light my candles tonight, you will be in my thoughts.

And on the subject of candle lighting… – I’m getting ready for my annual New Year’s Eve ritual, a candle lit scented bath with a few glasses of Champagne. The ONLY way to see in the new year, I have a feeling that this one will be a good one.

Onwards and Upwards,
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Eleanor

The new album Gimme Some Wine is available on all digital platforms world wide.

Physical CDs can be purchased at this Golden Discs link, they are an independent Irish Retailer who will post the CD to anywhere in the world.

IRISH TOUR DATES 2022

Fri. 18th Feb     dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Sat. 26th Feb     The Dock, Carrick-on Shannon  SOLD OUT

Fri. 4th March     Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge SOLD OUT

Sat. 5th March    Townhall Theatre Cavan  

Tues. 8th March   International Woman’s Day – Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

Thur. 10th March      The Source Arts Centre, Thurles

Fri 11th March   Dolan’s Limerick

Sat. 12th March    St John’s Arts Centre, Listowel, Co Kerry 

Fri. 18th March       St Augustines Church, Derry

Sat. 19th March     Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy

Thurs. 24th March  Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo

Sat. 26th March     Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

Fri. 1st April       Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely

Sat. 2nd April    Sea Church, Ballycotton

Fri. 8th  April    Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore

Sat. 9th April     The Venue Theatre, Ratoath

Sat. 30th April     Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina

EXHIBITION: GIMME SOME WINE


Exhibition: ‘Gimme Some Wine’  23 paintings by Chris Gollon in response to Eleanor McEvoy’s song
To coincide with Eleanor’s new album ‘Gimme Some Wine’, IAP Fine Art has curated a new online exhibition. It comprises 23 paintings by Chris Gollon that were a response to the song ‘Gimme Some Wine’, which Eleanor had dedicated Chris, having taken inspiration from one of his paintings. The paintings––some of which also feature on the album sleeve–– are the climax of a two-year period of artistic boundary crossing between singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy and British painter Chris Gollon (1953 – 2017), which is now the subject of an award-winning short documentary. From 2015 – 2017, a very creative to-and-fro of images and lyrics took place, since they literally spoke to each other through their work, each taking the other’s art form to somewhere new. A new ISBN-numbered fine art catalogue accompanies the exhibition with texts by Eleanor McEvoy, curator Wilfrid Wright and art historian Mary Rose Beaumont. To view the exhibition: Gimme Some Wine.

GIMME SOME WINE: The Story of a Song

The award-winning short documentary ‘GIMME SOME WINE: The Story of a Song’ is being shown this weekend at a London film festival where it won ‘Best Documentary’, and you can buy tickets to see it here: https://www.londonwebfest.co.uk/. With a contribution from Lloyd Cole, and interviews with Eleanor McEvoy, it tells the story of Eleanor’s two-year experiment in artistic boundary crossing with British painter Chris Gollon, which lead to a beautiful new song and 23 new paintings. ‘Gimme Some Wine’ is the title track and latest single released from the forthcoming new album.

Gimme Some Wine available here

Chris Gollon – Beyond the Horizon

 

As most of you know Chris Gollon and I were creative companions for two years beginning with my ‘Naked Music’ album, when he gave focus and twenty four paintings to my solo music project. A painting for nearly every song and more…

When I played at the opening of his Naked Music’ exhibition in London, I surprised him by singing a song I had written inspired by a painting from the exhibition, ‘Dreaming of Leaving’ that was, in turn, inspired by a song on ‘Naked Music’.

The song was called “Gimme Some Wine”. This song gave inspiration to a whole exhibition on the theme of “Gimme Some Wine”.

I was devastated when Chris, my friend and fellow artist, passed away. In his memory a major solo museum exhibition ‘CHRIS GOLLON  – Beyond the Horizon is being held at Huddersfield Art Gallery 12 Oct 2019 – 04 Jan 2020. It will be a retrospective of Chris Gollon’s paintings partially inspired by music or music lyrics, from those of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Talk Talk, Thurston Moore to those that came out of our collaboration. I’m really pleased to playing a part in this wonderful exhibition.