Eleanor McEvoy’s new album The Thomas Moore Project racks up over 1 million listeners in audience reach

Well done to , her album The Thomas Moore Project has racked up over 1 Million listeners in audience reach across Irish radio. Along with being ‘Album of the week’ on Rte Radio 1, one of the most highly coveted accolades on Irish Radio.

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The album marks a significant first step in Eleanor’s lifelong journey discovering the wonderful songs and extraordinary life of Thomas Moore. Produced and arranged by Eleanor, who is best known for her songs ‘Sophie’ and the Irish standard ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’, which this year celebrates its 25thanniversary, the album more than pays homage to one of the Georgian era’s most beloved writers and entertainers. The Thomas Moore Project celebrates and revitalises some of the lesser and indeed well known material by the said luminary such as Oft In The Stilly NightThe Minstrel Boy and The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls.

Now critically acclaimed, it is available on all online platforms and in stores Nationwide.

“……Eleanor McEvoy should be praised for these thoughtful reimaginings which re-establish the relevance of one of Ireland’s most important, yet most besmirched, national artists”. -Peter McGoran HOT PRESS

Eleanor McEvoy soft-rock refashioning of Thomas Moore’s iconic ballads Eleanor McEvoy delivers a kind of defiant melancholy on her interpretation of Thomas Moore’s songs………….” Paddy Kehoe RTE ENTS REVIEW

“………So, not an album for instant gratification, but The Thomas Moore Project rewards repeated plays, and may well prove to be one of Eleanor McEvoy’s most enduring works”. ****
Review by Pete Whalley GET READY TO ROCK

“….Her demilitarisation of The Minstrel Boy, along with the delicacy of At The Mid Hour of Night are highlights in what is a highly evocative and cohesive collection that may win Moore an entirely new audience.” Siobhán Long IRISH TIMES THE TICKET

“Come Send Round The Wine is a playful, piano-led romp and Though Humble the Banquet gets a loose, jazzy rendering, but the country twang of The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Hall is jarring. Still, McEvoy’s theatrical voice and her clear fondness for the source material are engaging” – Lauren Murphy The Sunday Times

ELEANOR MCEVOY announces new album ‘The Thomas Moore Project’, released July 28th

ELEANOR MCEVOY announces new album  ‘The Thomas Moore Project’, released July 28th

 “One of the few artists who can do no wrong whatsoever.”BBC Radio 2

Ireland’s internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy announces her new album ‘The Thomas Moore Project’, released July 28th 2017. The album marks a significant first step in Eleanor’s lifelong journey discovering the wonderful songs and extraordinary life of Thomas Moore. Produced and arranged by Eleanor, who is best known for her songs ‘Sophie’ and the Irish standard ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, the album more than pays homage to one of the Georgian era’s most beloved writers and entertainers. The Thomas Moore Project celebrates and revitalises some of the lesser and indeed well known material by the said luminary such as Oft In The Stilly Night, The Minstrel Boy and The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls.

Says Eleanor of the album: “I hope you will enjoy this and join me. My approach is intentionally different. I needed to go further than just pay homage so my arrangements for this choice of 11 songs are of this century”. I’m not sure when I began my intriguing quest but I do remember singing Thomas Moore songs in a choir when I was around nine years of age. My fascination is not just with his music but also with his own place in history in a fantastic artistic period with contrasting social and political upheaval in Europe and Ireland. My journey continues.

Eleanor performs vocals, guitars, strings and keyboards on the album and recruited Damon Butcher from The Beautiful South on keyboards, Eamonn Nolan from The RTE Concert Orchestra on flugelhorn, Eoghan O ‘Neill from Moving Hearts, Chris Rea and Riverdance on bass and Guy Rickerby from Riverdance, Duke Special and The RTE Concert Orchestra on drums and percussion. The musicianship on the album echoes throughout every verse and chorus along with McEvoy’s rich, lilting voice and beautiful playing.

Now based in Wexford, Dublin-born McEvoy’s career originally started as a session musician, which included a long stint with The Irish National Symphony Orchestra and with The Mary Black Band. McEvoy decided to develop her own career, and quickly had the title track on The Woman’s Heart compilation and a US record deal with Geffen Records. McEvoy was soon touring the world to promote her eponymous debut album for Geffen, which went on to sell 250,000 copies. At the same time, ‘A Woman’s Heart’ entered the Irish charts, selling over 750,000 copies – and remains one of Ireland’s biggest selling albums of all-time. These successes established McEvoy as one of Ireland’s biggest stars, launching a career that has since seen her release twelve studio albums and tour the world.

She has been on the road for 2 years with her show Naked…Live and this year has gone from being a long time Board member of IMRO to being its Chairman

Upcoming Irish show listed below:

July 29th in The Theatre Royal, Waterford. (Performing songs from Naked Music Tour & album)

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Editors notes on Album cover artwork:

Portrait of Thomas Moore by Sir Martin Archer Shee  (1769-1850)

National Gallery of Ireland Collection Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

Portrait of Eleanor McEvoy by Robert Ballagh. This portrait hangs in the John Field Room of the NCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELEANOR MCEVOY announces IRISH ‘NAKED’ TOUR DATES FOR 2017

ELEANOR MCEVOY ANNOUNCES IRISH ‘NAKED’ TOUR DATES FOR 2017

“One of the few artists who can do no wrong whatsoever.”BBC Radio 2

Ireland’s internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy continues her ‘Naked… Live’ tour of Ireland with tour dates in March & April.

Best known for her songs ‘Sophie’ and the Irish standard ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, Eleanor’s tour starts on 4th March in Antrim and ends 1st April in Bray, Co Wicklow.

Eleanor’s latest run of dates continues the support for her most recent album, 2016’s critically acclaimed ‘Naked Music’. The concept behind the album was “studio-performing”, with Eleanor performing hers and others’ songs as she might at her solo shows.

The recordings led to collaboration with famed British artist Chris Gollon after Eleanor purchased one of his paintings. The subsequent meeting and conversations with the artist led to the title Naked Music. With this focus, four canvasses were painted for the album artwork, then the tour de force ‘Naked Music – The Exhibition’ in Gallery Different in 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.

This in turn led to Eleanor publishing her first ever songbook, entitled ‘Naked Music – The Songbook’. This unique publication is a pioneering collaboration, featuring lyrics and melodies from the songs on Naked Music alongside 24 of Gollon’s stunning paintings inspired by the music on that album.

McEvoy’s live performances are intimate, emotional, uplifting affairs in which she explores soul, love and humour, using own compositions and interpretations from other songbooks in her rich, lilting voice and beautiful playing.

Now based in Wexford, Dublin-born McEvoy’s career originally started as a session musician, which included a long stint with The Irish National Symphony Orchestra. However, it was whilst playing with The Mary Black Band that McEvoy decided to develop her own career, and in 1992 two life-changing opportunities came along.

Mary Black and her record company manager/husband decided that McEvoy’s song ‘A Woman’s Heart’ would be a fitting title and lead track for the compilation they were putting together of contemporary Irish female performers. Simultaneously, Tom Zutaut, the legendary A&R of Geffen Records (who had previously signed Guns & Roses, Motley Crue, and Edie Brickell), was on a scouting mission to Dublin. After hearing McEvoy perform at The Baggott Inn pub, he offered her a worldwide recording deal on the spot.

McEvoy was soon touring the world to promote her eponymous debut album for Geffen, which went on to sell 250,000 copies. At the same time, ‘A Woman’s Heart’ entered the Irish charts, selling over 750,000 copies – and remains one of Ireland’s biggest selling albums of all-time. These successes established McEvoy as one of Ireland’s biggest stars, launching a career that has since seen her release twelve studio albums and tour the world.

SAT 04 MARCH Island Arts Centre Lisburn, Co. Antrim

FRI 10 MARCH Axis Ballymun, Co. Dublin

FRI 17 MARCH Kilkenny Tradfest Kilkenny

SAT18 MARCH Presentation Centre Enniscorthy 

SAT 25 MARCH The Oriel Centre Dundalk, Co. Louth

SUN26 MARCH The Black Box Belfast 

 Fri 31st March Baker’s Loft (Brogan’s Guesthouse), High St, Trim, Co Meath 

SUN 01 APRIL Mermaid Arts Centre Bray, Co. Wicklow

ELEANOR MCEVOY – Announces New Single, Tour Dates + SongBook ‘Naked Music”!

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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.

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ELEANOR MCEVOY APPOINTED TO BOARD OF NATIONAL CONCERT HALL

The Minister for the Arts, Heather Humphries, has announced a new board for the National Concert Hall in Dublin – and leading Irish artist Eleanor McEvoy is among the chosen individuals.

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Eleanor McEvoy has been appointed to the board of the National Concert Hall. The composition of the new board was announced today by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys. All of the appointees have been vetted by the Public Appointments Service and were found to have the requisite experience to serve on the Board.

Eleanor is also a member of the board of IMRO. She is one of Ireland’s most distinguished songwriters of the past 25 years. Her current album is called Naked and it has received hugely positive reviews both in Ireland and internationally.

A first glance the list of members might suggest a further strong rock ’n’ roll connection, in the name John Reynolds. However, this is neither the boss of POD Concerts nor the drummer, producer and manager John Reynolds, who has guided the career of Damien Dempsey and worked extensively with Sinéad O’Connor. The John Reynolds appointed to the board is a former executive with KBC Bank.

The Minister has nominated Maura McGrath, who has been a board member at the National Concert Hall since 2014, as Chair designate. Her formal appointment will be made after her appearance before the relevant Oireachtas Committee.

The new members of the board of the National Concert Hall are:

· James Cavanagh

· Rebecca Gageby

· Gerard Gillen

· Eleanor Mc Evoy

· Maura Mc Grath (nominee for Chair)

· Máire O’Connor

· Michael O’Donovan

· John Reynolds

· Don Thornhill

This is the first board to be appointed since legislation was passed to place the National Concert Hall on a Statutory footing.

What follows are short bios of the members, as released by the Department of Arts (etc.) today, on behalf of the Minister.

  • James Cavanagh: Professor of Trumpet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Extensive experience in classical music.
  • Rebecca Gageby: NCH Board member since 2014. Head of Programming and Administration at the Royal Irish Academy. Marketing, PR and fundraising experience.
  • Gerard Gillen: Professor Emeritus, Maynooth University. Former NCH Board Member (1986-91)
  • Eleanor Mc Evoy: International recording artist and performer. Elected board member of IMRO
  • Maura McGrath (nominee for Chair): NCH Board member since 2014. Extensive experience in Human Resource Management and Corporate Governance.
  • Máire O’Connor: Former partner at McCann Fitzgerald and Ernst & Young. Extensive legal, financial, business and corporate governance experience.
  • Michael O’Donovan: COO at Microsoft Ireland. Board member at Dublin Youth Orchestra.
  • John Reynolds: Former Chief Executive of KBC Bank. Extensive business experience.
  • Don Thornhill: Former Secretary General of the Department of Education. Extensive experience on a wide range of boards and selection committees.

 

ELEANOR MCEVOY UPCOMING IRISH TOUR DATES

 

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ELEANOR MCEVOY ALONE IN THE STUDIO, HER MUSIC STRIPPED TO THE BONE, now takes her critically acclaimed album Naked Music to the open Road Nationwide.

“As evocative as ever” THE STAR

“A refreshing perspective on some truly durable and enjoyable tunes from McEvoy’s canon” THE IRISH TIMES

“An intimate set of 14 songs that underline her songwriter talent” THE EVENING HERALD

Released earlier this year on 12th February 2016, Naked Music is the title of Eleanor McEvoy’s new album, recorded alone in the studio to create an intimate collection of her music at its most raw – one instrument, one voice, performed live. Best known for her songs Sophie, Harbour, The Secret of Living and of course Only A Woman’s Heart, Eleanor’s latest album features exclusive artwork by the famed painter Chris Gollon. Back in February, Eleanor presented her new show “Naked… Live”.

The seeds for Eleanor and Chris’ artist collaboration were sown after Eleanor bought Chris’ painting ‘Champagne Sheila’ after spotting it in a London gallery. Before leaving, Eleanor left some of her music for Chris and his agent to listen to. Eleanor was, at the time, finishing some recording where she was “studio-performing”, playing hers and others’ songs as she might at her solo shows. The recordings have a very exposed intimacy, so it seemed a possibility that Chris should be asked to do a painting for the cover in this solitary context.

As a body of work, Eleanor’s recordings acquired the name ‘Naked Music’, which would give a better focus to the two artists’ desire for mutual expression. Being offered this title, and with some song suggestions, Chris was so taken with the songs he completed four paintings in response – two on the ‘Naked’ theme, and two others related to song titles and lyrics. The first ‘Dreaming of Leaving’ was written by Eleanor and Lloyd Cole. The other ‘Lubbock Woman’, a downtrodden cameo, is a song by West Texan legend Terry Allen. The paintings were such a hit, that all four talked their way into the Naked Music

The images, the CD artwork, sat in pride of place in the Metropolis Studio and exerted some influence on the mastering and final track order.

Now McEvoy takes these naked songs on the road Nationwide.

Upcoming dates:

 

Northern Ireland

Thur      21 April    The Errigle Inn                Belfast

 

Ireland

Fri         22 April    Beggy’s Bar                            Navan

Sat         23 April    Maritime Hotel                       Bantry

Sun       24th April  talking part inTribute to Edna O’Brien    Gaiety, Dublin

Thur      5 May       The White Horse                    West Village, Ballincollig

Fri         6 May       DC Music Club                       Dublin

Sat         7 May       INEC Acoustic Club               Killarney

Fri        13 May      Coastguard Cultural Ctr.         Tramore

 

ELEANOR MCEVOY ALONE IN THE STUDIO, HER MUSIC STRIPPED TO THE BONE ; New album Naked Music Out Feb 12th

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‘NAKED MUSIC’

Eleanor McEvoy Naked Music12th February 2016

Record Label: MOSCODISC

CD CAT# MOSCD4014 the CD VINYL CAT#: DIV052 LP

ELEANOR MCEVOY ALONE IN THE STUDIO, HER MUSIC STRIPPED TO THE BONE

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Released on Friday, 12th February 2016, Naked Music is the title of Eleanor McEvoy’s new album, recorded alone in the studio to create an intimate collection of her music at its most raw – one instrument, one voice, performed live. Best known for her songs Sophie, Harbour, The Secret of Living and of course Only A Woman’s Heart, Eleanor’s new album features exclusive artwork by the famed painter Chris Gollon. Starting in February, Eleanor will be presenting her new show “Naked… Live”.

The seeds for Eleanor and Chris’ artist collaboration were sown after Eleanor bought Chris’ painting ‘Champagne Sheila’ after spotting it in a London gallery. Before leaving, Eleanor left some of her music for Chris and his agent to listen to.

Eleanor was, at the time, finishing some recording where she was “studio-performing”, playing hers and others’ songs as she might at her solo shows. The recordings have a very exposed intimacy, so it seemed a possibility that Chris should be asked to do a painting for the cover in this solitary context.

As a body of work, Eleanor’s recordings acquired the name ‘Naked Music’, which would give a better focus to the two artists’ desire for mutual expression. Being offered this title, and with some song suggestions, Chris was so taken with the songs he completed four paintings in response – two on the ‘Naked’ theme, and two others related to song titles and lyrics. The first ‘Dreaming of Leaving’ was written by Eleanor and Lloyd Cole. The other ‘Lubbock Woman’, a downtrodden cameo, is a song by West Texan legend Terry Allen. The paintings were such a hit, that all four talked their way into the Naked Music CD artwork.

The images, the CD artwork, sat in pride of place in the Metropolis Studio and exerted some influence on the mastering and final track order.

Editors Note: To recognise the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday in July 2015, the Art of Peace Foundation commissioned producer Rupert Hine to produce the album Songs for Tibet II including Eleanor amongst others, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Elbow, Howard Jones and Bob Geldof.

Contact: Linda Coogan Byrne PR Contact:

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Artist Links: www.eleanormcevoy.com / @eleanormcevoy / www.facebook.com/eleanormcevoy

“..once Eleanor McEvoy launched into her fiery set, accompanied by nothing more than her guitar, fiddle and glass-shattering vocal cords, we knew we were in for a fearsome night of music…A lone performer plying a singular trade with considerable élan.” – Siobhain Long, Irish Times

“Her voice is clear and potently charged, one hundred percent believable; when her songs are bitter the acid burns your eyes, when they are sad you can taste the tears.”- Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine

“McEvoy’s voice has a depth of expression born from living the songs rather than just singing them. It’s a genuine privilege to be on the outside looking in.” – Jackie Hayden, Hot Press

Wexford Opera Fringe Festival 17th October 2015

“It was yet one more triumphant outing for a musical wizard and a woman of immense talent.” Wexford Echo

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Eleanor McEvoy upcoming National tour dates

Irish chanteuse Eleanor McEvoy has just recently announced a list of Irish dates after her incredible stint of festival and gig dates in Australia earlier this year. Her solo show has been described as ‘an entire band on stage in one shimmering, mesmerising person. Absolutely not to be missed’. 

Here is Eleanor performing her hit song A Woman’s Heart on The Late Late Show with just her guitar.

List of Solo dates include:

FRI 05 SEPT

Roe Valley Arts Centre

Limavady, Co. Derry

N. Ireland

 

SAT 06 SEPT

Coastguard Cultural Centre

Tramore

Ireland

 

FRI 12 SEPT

The Venue Theatre

Ratoath

Ireland

 

SAT 20 SEPT

Shoreline Arts Festival

Portumna

Ireland

 

SAT 04 OCT

Kulturbahnhof

Werdohl

Germany

 

SAT 01 NOV

Mill Theatre

Dundrum

Ireland

Eleanor McEvoy talks ‘A Woman’s Heart’ on TV3

EleanorMcEvoy0417One of Ireland’s greatest female artists, Eleanor McEvoy, last week featured on TV3’s Ireland AM alongside Mary Coughlan.

Over 20 years on Eleanor talks about Ireland’s biggest selling album, ‘A Woman’s Heart’ along with discussing her amazing career and how she started off. You can watch the full interview at the link below.

Eleanor recently debuted her latest single “Lift The Wings” at Riverdance On Screen in Merrion Square.

A Woman’s Heart returns to The Olympia Theatre August 28th, 29th and 30th with tickets available from www.ticketmaster.ie.

Eleanor McEvoy on TV3’s Ireland AM…

Eleanor McEvoy performs her new single at Riverdance On Screen

EleanorMcEvoy0417The single ‘Lift The Wings” which is out this Friday July 19th is Eleanor’s contribution to The Gathering, and at the invitation of Riverdance she will perform the song at Riverdance On Screen in Merrion Square on  Saturday 20th July and in The Gaiety Theatre on Sunday 21st July. On this recording Eleanor is accompanied by Brian Connor.

Julian Erskine – Riverdance Executive Producer – proudly announced: As part of  ‘Riverdance: The Gathering’ weekend events on 20th and 21st July one of Ireland’s most accomplished contemporary singer/songwriters Eleanor McEvoy will join the Riverdance cast to sing Bill Whelan’s haunting emigration song “Lift the Wings” at Riverdance On Screen in Merrion Square on Saturday and then at both Show performances in the Gaiety on Sunday.

Eleanor is delighted to be invited to perform the song LIFT THE WINGS– “Along with its dramatic dancing  and stunning instrumental music Riverdance has some very special songs. This one is in a scene called ‘An American Wake’, which portrays a post-famine tradition when people said goodbye to loved ones emigrating, assuming they would never meet again. Bill Whelan  (the composer) asked me to sing it at a recent Orchestral Celebration of his music. He added a new verse, which I sang then, and include here.”