Eleanor McEvoy - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2020 - in Katoomba!

Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland)

Eleanor McEvoy is one of Ireland’s foremost songwriters. She is the composer and co-performer of "A Woman's Heart" the title track for the best-selling Irish album in Irish history. In May 2019 it was voted by the Irish public as being in the TOP 10 of Ireland’s Favourite Folk Songs. It features regularly on screen, most recently in 2019 in the award-winning sit-com “Derry Girls”

Eleanor began her career as a session musician in Dublin, playing for numerous recordings and artists including U2, Sinead O’Connor and Mary Black. She was also a violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland for five years, but her real passion was songwriting.

Her critically acclaimed canon of work spans fifteen albums and appearances on numerous compilation albums. She has also had numerous cover versions of her songs by performers such as Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Mary Coughlan, Bella Hardy, (BBC folk singer of the year) Eliza Carthy, Derek Ryan, Jack L, and up and coming Irish band Saint Sister.

Her song “Sophie” deals with the subject of anorexia; it is used internationally in treatment centres to treat patients with eating disorders and was described by David Smith in The Guardian as “an anthem that is touching, inspiring and consoling thousands of anorexic girls around the world”

McEvoy’s latest album “Forgotten Dreams” (2019) was recorded in Air Studios in London as a Direct-Cut-to-Vinyl. This means that the album is recorded as the performance is happening in the studio. There is no editing or overdubbing. The entire side of the album, 20 minutes of music, has to be recorded non-stop without any mistakes, noises, string breakages, technical issues etc. and there is only one shot at it. Leading UK HiFi Magazine HI FI CHOICE gave “Forgotten Dreams” a 5/5-star review and the Vinyl Hot Pick of the month. The album features 10 songs including “The Spanish Word For Heart is Corazon” a song about kindness across different cultures, “Fragile Wishes” an homage to parenting (dedicated to her daughter on the album) and “Slow Hand” her interpretation of the Pointer Sister’s 80’s hit.

When home from her travels, as well as being the chair of the board of IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation), Eleanor is also a voting member of the Recording Academy of America (the GRAMMYs) and in 2019 was re-appointed by Minister of Culture Josepha Madigan to the board of Ireland’s National Concert Hall.