Eleanor McEvoy achieved star status in Ireland in 1992 when her song “A Woman’s Heart” inspired the title for, and appeared on, the A Woman’s Heart anthology album. A Woman’s Heart has since gone on to become the best-selling album in Irish history. Its 20th anniversary in 2012 saw nine sold-out “Woman’s Heart” shows at the Olympia Theatre.
Her career as of one of Ireland’s most popular songwriters started at age four when she performed in an Irish music competition as part of her sister’s band. She later took up the violin, and began playing the guitar in her teens. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honors degree in music and was accepted to the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland as a violinist. She worked with the symphony for five years before she finally took the plunge and left the classical world behind to concentrate on her real passion—songwriting.
She released her eponymous debut on Geffen records followed with tours in the USA, Europe and the Far East. She moved to Columbia Records in New York for her second album “What’s Following Me?”. “Precious Little”, the first single, was a top ten radio hit in the US.
Since then, Eleanor has gone on to become an artist and performer known throughout the world. Her critically acclaimed canon of work spans eleven albums, forty singles, and appearances on numerous compilation albums. She is today recognized as Ireland’s most successful female singer-songwriter, having enjoyed personal chart success and numerous cover versions of her songs by performers Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Mary Coughlan, Bella Hardy, Eliza Carthy and Jack L, among others. Her songs have been used in many TV and film soundtracks including HBO cult series “Six Feet Under.”, ABC’s “Clueless” and the Pierce Brosnan film “The Nephew”.
Her 2016 album “Naked Music”, featured a collaboration with British painter Chris Gollon. It was launched in Gallery Different in London, where “Naked Music – The Exhibition” ran for three weeks, featuring 25 Gollon paintings inspired by the songs on Naked Music. The “Naked Live…” tour that followed ran throughout 2016 and 2017 with shows in Ireland, England, Wales, Spain, Germany, Australia, USA and Scotland followed by the launch of “Naked Music – The Songbook” published by Hot Press.
Her new album “The Thomas Moore Project” was launched in Ireland’s National Concert Hall and features 21st century adaptations of the songs of the 18th/19th century Irish poet Thomas Moore. It became RTE 1’s album of the week the week it was released and received rave reviews in Ireland, Hot Press magazine saying “McEvoy has re-established the relevance of one of Ireland’s most important yet most besmirched national artists” and the Irish Times describing it as “a highly evocative collection”.
International acclaim followed with the Sydney Morning Herald writing “Still the world around you and listen to the words. Eleanor McEvoy, ever questing in her artistry, has crafted her own arrangements of songs by the distinguished Irish poet Thomas Moore….her voice distinctively blends the earnest with the elfin”.
She has since toured The Thomas Moore Project throughout England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Holland, Germany and Australia and will soon be bringing it to the USA where the album has been receiving extensive airplay.
When home from her travels, as well as being the chair of IMRO, Eleanor is also a voting member of the Recording Academy of America (the GRAMMYs) and in 2016 was appointed by Minister Heather Humphries to the board of Ireland’s National Concert Hall.
“McEvoy’s facility with everything from Tex-Mex country to straight up three chord trickery is a timely reminder of what sets a musician apart: a hunger for exploration and a deep-seated talent for exploring the darker corners of both music and life” IRISH TIMES.
New York Times “McEvoy has the skills of a first rate songwriter. She gives her songs full fledged melodies, not just a repeated phrase or two”.
Washington Post “McEvoy restricts her lyrics to the simplest of sentiments and marries these universal aphorisms to sturdy hooks that she sings in a lovely voice”.
Billboard “..clever, heartfelt lyrics and a melody that quietly circles the brain before taking a permanent hold…”.
Boston Globe “Her traversal of country, Celtic, and cosmic bar room styles is exhilarating”.
Irish Times “…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”.
Naked Music (2016)
If You Leave… (2013)
I’d Rather Go Blonde (2010)
Singled Out (2009)
Love Must Be Tough (2008)
Out There (2006)
Early Hours (2004)
Eleanor McEvoy ‘Special Edition’ (2003)
What’s Following Me? (1996)
Eleanor McEvoy (1993)