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.
If you keep an eye on the website the facebook page or my Twitter or Instagram feed (all below) it’ll keep you up to date on all the other things that are going on.
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, x Eleanor
The new album Gimme Some Wine is available on all digital platforms world wide.
Physical CDs can be purchased at this Golden Discslink
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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.
One of the most enjoyable projects I’ve ever worked on ⚡️”Better Normal’ ✨ is now available for global streaming FOR ONE MONTH ONLY. Price is €15. Invite some friends around, pour a glass of something nice & embrace a #BetterNormal
I’m delighted to announce a new project “BETTER NORMAL,”a concept concert based around Skiffle Music. It was filmed in the O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin on the 14 & 15th of August and will begin streaming internationally from 27 August.
BETTER NORMAL is an upbeat uptempo skiffle show to warm the heart & lift the spirits. The show has a 5 piece band, 3 piece ‘New Orleans’ style brass ensemble & 10 piece gospel choir and will celebrate the dawning of our post pandemic life-not back to normal, but instead creating a Better Normal.
Better Normal was made possible by #LPSS.#riverdream #Pauline Scanlon #Jess Kavanagh #skiffle #BetterNormal ⚡️✨
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.
My new single “Almost Beautiful” is out today, 12 March, 2021. In celebration of the release, I did a socially distanced photo shoot of statues in Dublin City Center. The wonderful photos were taken by Scott Hayes and are the perfect accompaniment to the song. “Almost Beautiful” is available on all digital platforms here. I’ll be bringing out my album as soon as I’m back on the road. Here’s hoping that won’t be too long.
Hi all, Here is my BRAND NEW SONG, it’s called “SCARLET ANGELS”An homage to the healing power of friends and music .Many people believe in beings that guide us from above, but I have found that most times in life, it’s the incredible friends and good souls that mind us here on earth that make a difference. I wrote this song just after the “Woman’s Heart Orchestrated” concerts in the National Concert Hall in Dublin and the National Opera House in Wexford with Maura O’Connell, Wallis Bird and the RTE Concert Orchestra. The concerts were amazing. We wore red on stage and raised the roof, a thousand voices sang along. It was a joy . Out on Friday 13th November. SCARLET ANGELS
A third night for “A Woman’s Heart Orchestrated”, at the National Concert Hall, has been added: Wednesday 19 February. Tickets for the first two dates flew out the door so if you’re interested, don’t hang around… Tickets can be purchased here