Back in 1991 Eleanor had two jobs. By day she was a violinist with the Irish National Symphony Orchestra, and by night playing pub gigs fronting her own rock band. The rock band was her first love, but she kept the day job, often driving through the night after a gig to be back with them by ten o'clock the following morning. Eleanor was also doing session work with the likes of Phil Coulter and Sinead O'Connor, and writing and playing her own compositions. One of those songs would change her musical path forever.
That song was "A Woman's Heart" At the time of writing it, Eleanor was working with Mary Black. They recorded the song as a duet, and it was from hearing it that I discovered Eleanor McEvoy. The song gave it's name to a compilation album of songs recorded by Irish female artists such as Sharon Shannon, Dolores Keane, Mary Black, Frances Black and Maura O'Connell. The record company thought the album may sell 10,000 copies, but it actually sold over 350,000, to become the best selling release in Irish history at the time.
- From there Eleanor signed a deal with Geffen Records. She quit the day job and started recording her self titled debut album, which contained her own version of A woman's Heart. A version of the song by Mary Black and Emmylou Harris can be found on a double album entitled "Absolute Irish" which was exclusively available from W H Smith. Released in 1995, it is now long deleted. The album did not contain anything performed by Eleanor. Featured acts on the CD were mainly those who appeared on "A Woman's Heart", plus contributions from Kieran Goss and Christie Hennessy. The second disc contained four tracks by Christy Moore, one of which was "Fairy Tale Of New York"
After the first album on Geffen, there was a change of label, when Eleanor signed with Columbia. For some unknown reason neither of Eleanor's releases on Columbia, "What's Following Me" (1996) or it's follow up three years later "Snapshots" were given UK releases. Eleanor has tried to buy the rights to the two albums but Columbia will not sell, and even more bizarrely, they are no longer available !! They do however regularly appear on eBay.
In 2008 the Snapshots album was released on the Mosco Label in the UK
Signed photograph, obtained when Eleanor played "The Hibernian" A well known pub venue in Birmingham.
One of the rare occasion when I saw Eleanor play with a full band.
Tour was to promote the first album, probably 1993.
|Eleanor McEvoy CD booklet signed at the Mean Fiddler, London gig 199?||Snapshots US promo CD signed|
|Early Hours CD signed by Eleanor at the Birmingham MAC Gig 24.3.2004||Out There CD signed|
|Yola CD signed at the Harbury Village Hall gig 12.2.2008||Alone CD signed at Birmingham Glee Club gig 21.9.2011|
|U.S. Promo Only CD|
"What's New Linda ?"
US Columbia 1996 (CSK9039)
Includes "Precious Little"
Recorded live for WRLT
"Nashville Sunday Night"
This one is a bit of a rarity.
I have only ever seen one copy and it's mine !!
From Whats Following Me?
From Eleanor McEvoy
Only A Womans Heart
|This page last updated |
28th February 2016
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