ELEANOR MCEVOY: new album : I’D RATHER GO BLONDE rel. Sept 17th 2010

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-Eleanor McEvoy-

I’D RATHER GO BLONDE (MOSCD408) Brand new studio album to be released 17th September

RMG are delighted to announce that a new Eleanor McEvoy studio album, entitled “I’d Rather Go Blonde”, is to be released on 17 September 2010 [Cat. No. MOSCD408].  The album features eleven new songs, nine of which were penned by McEvoy, one by former Beautiful South man Dave Rotheray and, finally, there’s a cover of “Good Times” by Sam Cooke.

“I’d Rather Go Blonde” is the eighth album in a twenty year career that has seen McEvoy establish herself as one of Ireland’s most accomplished singer / songwriters.  Never one to shy away from the big issues, this album sees McEvoy tackling themes such as alienation, hypocrisy, recent Irish history and romance.  The songs are typified by a lyrical élan and often leavened with a touch of humour – “For Avoidance Of Any Doubt” features a plaintive soul using her solicitor to berate an absent lover for not returning calls, and the title track is built around a phrase that just made McEvoy laugh!

As she says herself, “I always try to express myself clearly and honestly. I was the odd one, the tubby girl with glasses who had to go to violin lessons after school. The ray of sunlight was the radio with its music. The escape was learning to sing and play instruments and play with others and write and just get out there. Anyway this album is all me, and I am very proud of it.”

Her music has evolved and developed over her career and this album is a confident statement.  Her continuing absorption and influence by other forms of music continues to delight and confound any listener who may attempt to pigeon-hole her simply with reference to the winsome ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’ which appeared on the massively popular album “A Woman’s Heart” back in 1992.  That was then, this is now!  “I’d Rather Go Blond” has been mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan’ who did the breakthrough Mumford & Sons record of this year and has a willfully contemporary relevance.

She will also undertake a headline tour of her own in October/November where she will be playing tracks from throughout her career but also of course from “I’d Rather Go Blonde”.  See www.eleanormcevoy.com. For all updates.

Throughout her career, McEvoy has earned accolades and picked up various awards – not just for her work but also for the super high-end audio approach she has taken on various albums.  As well as standard CD format, this album will also be released as a 12 track stereo hybrid SACD/CD [MOSACD308] and on vinyl (through Diverse Records on 25 September).

Recorded at Westland Studios, the team, of Eleanor McEvoy, Mick O”Gorman, Peter Beckett (co producers of LOVE MUST BE TOUGH) and Ciaran Byrne Engineer, has expanded with the addition Gavin Fox (Ex Idlewild), Ross Turner (Cathy Davey, Jape) and the Mixing skills of Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford and Son)


1. LOOK LIKE ME (2:37-Eleanor McEvoy)

2. JUST FOR THE TOURISTS (3:22-DaveRotheray-Eleanor McEvoy)

3. I’D RATHER GO BLONDE (2:10-Eleanor McEvoy)

4. AWAY FROM YOU (3:51-Eleanor McEvoy)

5. DELIVER ME (FROM WHAT YOU DO) (3:49-Eleanor McEvoy)

6. SHIBBOLETH (3:01-Eleanor McEvoy)

7. TAKE YOU HOME (3:50-Eleanor McEvoy)

8. THE THOUGHT OF YOU (3:39-Eleanor McEvoy)

9. HARBOUR (3:17-Eleanor McEvoy)

10. FOR AVOIDANCE OF ANY DOUBT (2:58-Eleanor McEvoy)

11. GOOD TIMES (3:00-Sam Cooke)

All Arrangements Eleanor McEvoy


ELEANOR McEVOY – Vocals, Guitars, Violins, Violas, Piano, Hammond Organ, Keyboards

PETER BECKETT – Piano, Keyboards, Harmony Vocals


ROSS TURNER – Drums, Percussion


GERRY O’CONNO – Banjo (Deliver me, Away From You)

PAT BURKE – Gregorian Chant (Deliver Me)

CIARAN BYRNE – Harmony Vocals (Deliver Me)

Produced by Mick O’Gorman, Eleanor McEvoy and Peter Beckett;

Recorded by Ciaran Byrne;

Mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan;

Mastered by Ian Cooper

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