"Harbour" by Eleanor McEvoy
Fresh from her 4th December 2011 guest appearance on BBC Radio 2’s Weekend Wogan(where she performed You’ll Hear Better Songs and a haunting interpretation of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors), Eleanor will embark on a series of UK concerts in January, including the Song For Ireland at Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow.
Harbour is a simple love song about not wanting to face life and wanting so much for someone to make it all better - Will you be a harbour? / At my shoulder / Always watching over / Try to hold me closer / Shelter me and shield me from the world.
When it came time to record the Alone album, Eleanor headed to a studio tucked away in the Norfolk countryside. “In the converted barn, I stepped up to the microphone and sang my songs,” recalls Eleanor. “My state of mind wasn’t the brightest, but there was something about being in the studio with no agenda, deadline, or pressure, it just came out.”
The product of those tranquil sessions resulted in her current album Alone that includes incredibly haunting performances - up close, personal, and timeless. This is Eleanor McEvoy in her most intimate setting, running through the journey of her writing and singing career.
McEvoy is one of Ireland’s most accomplished female singer/songwriters. Her life as a musician began at the age of four. She has released albums on the Geffen and Columbia record labels and continues to tour the world over to her ever increasing legion of fans.
Eleanor’s seductive and compelling Irish accent adds an emotional punch to her quirky, perceptive songs, ranging from love ballads and story-telling to ironic, amusing and all-consuming observations on the irony of everyday life. Respected as a fine multi-instrumentalist (violin, guitar, piano) in both traditional and contemporary music, she is best known for Only A Woman’s Heart, the title track of an anthology album that’s gone on to be the best selling recording in Irish chart history.
A Woman’s Heart celebrates its 20th anniversary in the guise of four consecutive nights of concerts at Dublin’s prestigious Olympia Theatre from 29th February to 3rd March, 2012.
Wednesday 25th January BOOTLEGGERS MUSIC BAR, KENDAL, CUMBRIA
Tickets: £6 advance, £6.75 advance PayPal, £7.50 on the door
Box Office: 01539 723 824 / www.bootleggersbar.com
24 Finkle Street, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4AB
Friday 27th January, 7.30pm
CELTIC CONNECTIONS FESTIVAL,
GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL
Song For Ireland featuring Eleanor McEvoy
Tickets: £23, £20, £18 / Box Office: 0141 353 8000
Book Online: www.celticconnections.com/book/event/118454
Song For Ireland info: www.celticconnections.com
2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY
Sunday 29th January, 8pmCOX’S YARD
Tickets: £8 advance (plus booking fee), £10 on the door
Box Office: 01789 404 600 / Book Online - www.coxsyard.co.uk
Bridgefoot, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6YY
Monday 30th JanuaryO2 ACADEMY 2 ISLINGTON, LONDON
Eleanor McEvoy, Al Lewis, Peter Katz
Tickets: £12.00 (plus booking fee) / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Book Online: www.o2academyislington.co.uk
N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, Islington, London, N1 0PS
Friday 24th February, 7.30pmBELFAST NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL
CASTLEREAGH CIVIC CENTRE, BELFAST
Tickets: £8 (plus booking fee)
Book Online: www.ticketmaster.ie
1 Bradford Court, Upper Galwally, Belfast, BT8 6RB
Saturday 25th February, 3pm
BELFAST NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL
CUBE CRESCENT ARTS CENTRE, BELFAST
Tickets: £18.00 (plus booking fee)
Book Online: www.ticketmaster.ie
2 University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NH