I am totally devastated by the news that my friend and fellow artist Chris Gollon has passed away. My first thoughts are for his wife Anne, his children Lawrence and Alice and for David Tregunna, his friend and manager for over twenty years.
As everybody knows we have been creative companions for the last couple of 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, 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 lucky enough to play at the opening of that exhibition in IAP fine art gallery Monmouth, Wales last month.
I am so very sad today and when I go onto the next leg of the ‘Naked Live..’ tour in Britain next week, I will be dedicating the whole tour to the memory of Chris.
Thursday 4 May
53 Bath Road, Cheltenham
Friday 5 May
8 Church End Road, Newton Abbot
Saturday 6 May
Greystones Road, Sheffield
Sunday 7 May
St James Memorial Hall, Lower Borough Walls, Bath
Wednesday 10 May
14-20 High Street, Birmingham
Thursday 11 May
113-117 Rampart Road, Salisbury
Friday 12 May
Sutton Street, London
Saturday 13 May
Beresford Lane, Alstonefield
Sunday 14 May
Rufus Court, Chester
Monday 15 May
33 Queen’s Road, Leeds
Tuesday 16 May
109 Oldham Street, Manchester
Wednesday 17 May
Rodborough Hill, Stroud
Thursday 18 May
Stockwell Lane, Milton Keyes
Friday 19 May
Meifod Powys, UK
ELEANOR MCEVOY – Announces New Single “Whisper A Prayer To The Moon” Out Sept 9th
Taken from album ‘Naked Music’ which is out now + Announces new Book ‘Naked Music”!
“Generously soulful”- Hotpress
“..simmers and nourishes with reliable ease” – Irish Times
“Top Class” Sunday Times
Eleanor McEvoy continues her ‘Naked… Live’ tour, which will see her embark on dates across Ireland, Spain, Germany, Australia Scotland with more territories to be added in the UK and elsewhere in 2017. Naked Music is Eleanor’s new album, her music played in solitude in a beautiful farm recording studio in Norfolk, England. The recordings became a collaboration with famed British artist Chris Gollon. The Purchase of a Chris Gollon painting, and the subsequent meeting and conversations with the Artist, led to the Title Naked Music. With this focus, 4 canvasses were painted for the album artwork, then the tour de force Naked Music The Exhibition in Gallery Different in Trendy Fitzrovia London. The opening night was a special concert by Eleanor playing Naked… Live surrounded by 24 paintings inspired by the songs and titles of the album.
Naked… Live sees this solitary exploration of the best of her catalogue in the simple engaging starkness of her own performance. She walks in a single pool of light the stage is set with her electric guitar, acoustic guitar, violin, piano and a small amp. What follows, enthralled houses across Ireland and the UK. Referred to by a critic as “musical stand-up” The previous ALONE show entranced audiences with her singing, talking, anecdotes and playing, using her own songs and insightful interpretations of other writers (Chuck Berry, Georges Moustaki, Brian Wilson…).
+ ELEANOR MCEVOY PUBLISHES NAKED MUSIC, HER FIRST EVER SONGBOOK – Out Aug 30th
Eleanor McEvoy is to publish Naked Music, her first ever songbook. Entitled ‘Naked Music-The Songbook’, the unique publication is a pioneering collaboration between McEvoy and the acclaimed English painter Chris Gollon. It includes lyrics and melodies from the songs on McEvoy’s 2016 album Naked Music, alongside 24 of Gollon’s stunning paintings inspired by the music on that album.
The project has already been invited to headline the Louder Than Words Festival in Manchester in November 2016.
As McEvoy herself explains, “It’s probably every songwriters’ ambition, to publish a songbook of their works, but I deferred taking the traditional route and sought something more challenging. That came when the positive response to Chris Gollon’s paintings on the cover of my album Naked Music inspired me to want to
develop the collaboration further. Working on Naked Music-The Songbook with Chris was both daunting and challenging, but it was also an entirely enriching experience.”
With starkly intimate photographs of McEvoy taken by Shane McCarthy, Naked Music-The Songbook also features an introductory essay by best-selling author Jackie Hayden exploring the nature of such collaborations, alongside interviews with both Gollon and McEvoy about the evolution of their boundary- crossing partnership. Art aficionados have already singled out Gollon’s interpretations of McEvoy’s recordings of ‘Deliver Me’, ‘Please Heart You’re Killing Me’, ‘Whisper a Prayer to the Moon’ and her inventive reworking of Thomas Moore’s ‘Oft In the Stilly Night’ for special attention.
Eleanor’s history is well documented at this point, a difficult childhood in the emerging dreary 1960s Dublin. The light at the end of the tunnel was the music brought to her and played by her elder siblings. So by the age of 14, she was winning violin competitions (the Oireachtas), playing in youth orchestras, and in folk groups. Sufficient musical acumen and sufficient grades, earned her a place in Trinity College Dublin’s music degree course. From there she went on to a parallel career of playing in Ireland’s Symphony Orchestra and being a band and session musician for Greats including Phil Coulter and Mary Black, eventually the need to do her own music won out and she was propelled into orbit by the success of Woman’s Heart and a US record deal. This trajectory continues to this day with the wonderful musical intimacy of her show Naked… Live, featuring her own music as well as co-writes with the likes of Lloyd Cole and Rodney Crowell.
Sept Irish Tour dates: (for a list of European dates see website)
Fri 2nd Alley Theatre, Strabane, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Fri 9th Glor, Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland
Sat 10th First Fruits Arts Centre, Watergrasshill, Co Cork
ELEANOR McEVOY- NAKED MUSIC – The Songbook – with paintings by Chris Gollon is available in
selected stores nationwide and online at hotpress.com/shop at €16.95 / £16:00 from Aug 30th.
“Snowflakes Fall” co-written by myself and James Cramer. The video was directed by Patrick Walsh, D.O.P Stephen C Walsh, and produced by Whispered Films.
A special thanks to Eddie Jackson and all the staff at The Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin.
‘Snowflakes Fall’ is available now on iTunes
“IF YOU LEAVE…” ELEANOR MCEVOY MOSCD4010
Described by Joe Duffy on Christmas Eve as ‘The Woman who gave her Heart to the Nation’, Eleanor
McEvoy announces the release of ‘If You Leave…’ her first all new studio album since I’d Rather Go
Blonde in 2010
The new recording features 8 news songs and 4 interpretations including God only Knows, True Colors,
and Lift the Wings from Riverdance. Recorded live in the studio with some of Ireland’s finest players this
album of soulful performances shows Eleanor in a bluesier neo-retro style.
To coincide with the If You Leave…’ album launch Eleanor plays selected dates round Ireland on
her ongoing GIRL IN A BLACK CAR TOUR
Her performances are intimate, emotional, uplifting affairs in which she explores soul, love and humour,
using own compositions and interpretations from other songbooks, with her unique voice and beautiful
Formerly a session musician, including a long stint with The NSO, she decided whilst, with The Mary
Black Band, that she should cash in the savings and develop her own career.
One week her life changed. Mary”s label owner heard Eleanor play a self-penned song that would give
a name and title track to their planned all woman compilation… ‘A Woman’s Heart Ireland’s best selling
Simultaneously she was signed to Geffen where her eponymous album went on to sell ¼ million copies.
Precious Little was a Billboard hit and Sophie has become a worldwide focus and comfort to millions of
young people with eating disorders.
Her most recent album Alone is a collection of her best-loved songs performed solo.
Watch out for the BIG BLACK CAR as it comes your way, a large Australian Ford
Fairlane Estate (one of only 3 ever privately sold)
March Fri. 1 Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, 37 Great James St, Derry Sat. 2 The Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Road, Belfast Thurs. 7 The Crane, Sea Road, Galway Fri. 15 Seamus Ennis Centre, Main St, Naul, Co. Dublin Fri. 22 The Leeson Lounge Dublin 4 Sat. 23 The Lodge, Ballyellis, Mallow, Co. Cork April Fri 19th Cork Opera House, Cork
Eleanor and MOSCODISC are pleased to announce that Eleanor’s album Alone is now available for purchase in the United States directly from her website. The cost of the album is $12.00 plus a shipping and handling charge of $3.99 for first CD. An additional $2.00 shipping charge will be added for each subsequent CD purchased. Payments will be made through PayPal.