• HAC 17th November

    Eleanor McEvoy

    Eleanor McEvoy continues her Naked... Live tour, which will take her play Ireland, Spain, Germany, Australia and Scotland 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 after Eleanor purchased one of Chris’s artworks. A meeting and conversations with Chris followed and a mutual respect was formed. With this focus, 4 canvasses were painted for the album art work and saw Eleanor launch the album at the exclusive Gallery Different in Fitzrovia, London. It was a very special evening surrounded by 24 paintings inspired by the songs and titles of the album.


    Naked... Live sees this solitary exploration of the best of her back catalogue in the simple engaging starkness of her own performance.



    She walks in a single pool of light the stage set is with her electric guitar, acoustic guitar, violin, piano and a small amp. What follows, has been enthralling audiences across Britain, Europe and further. Referred to by one critic as ‘musical stand-up’ just like her previous ALONE shows, where she 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’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.


    The album ‘A Woman’s Heart’ which took its name from, and features, Eleanor’s iconic song remains the largest selling Irish music album in Irish chart history. Her standing in the music community of her native land is unparalleled. Having tasted worldwide success with hits like ‘Sophie’ & ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’, being on a major label was not a fulfilling experience for Eleanor. Moving back from America to Ireland saw Eleanor re-focus and make the decision to become truly independent, setting up her own label and collaborating with a host of other artists. With 13 albums to her name, it is evident from her engaging live performances that she is a truly special artist with a genuine connection with an audience that few can match.


    "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

    Eleanor McEvoy continues her ...
  • HAC 25th November

    James Grant

    Oh yes! Last year's show from the Love And Money frontman-gone solo was a complete sell-out, the hottest ticket in town and right up there as one of the best-ever gigs played out under the Freckfest banner.

    Droll, dry-humoured banter, brilliant songs and terrific musicianship make this a must-see gig.


    Tickets on sale direct from the HAC or via Ticketweb. Act now........

    ....and don't say we didn't tell you.

    Oh yes! Last year's ...
  • HAC 3rd December

    Blue Rose Code

    This is something of a coup for Freckfest.

    Currently Radio 2's 'Folk Artist Of The Month', there's more to Blue Rose Code than meets the eye. Brilliant playing, gorgeous harmonies and killer songs.

    This time next year, Blue Rose Code will be packing out the ABCs and O2s of this world. A welcome fixture on the festival scene, the HAC is the ideal place to catch them.

    Tickets on sale direct from the HAC with no booking fee or via Ticketweb.


    This is something of ...
  • Troon Concert Hall, February 11th, 2017

    Seaside Ska 3

    It's back! The return of our very popular annual ska event, featuring 4 top bands; the evergreen Esperanza, the always-popular Big Fat Panda, the rapid-fire rush of The Amphetameanies and, for the first time under the Freckfest banner, Bombskare, winners of the BBC's 'Best Part-Time Band In Britain'.

    There'll be 2 bars, clothing stalls, a ska DJ and 500 folk dancing until the lights come on.

    Tickets avaialble here.

    It's back! The return ...

JJ Gilmour - Me & You

  • How to Support

    Freckfest is run by a group of dedicated music enthusiasts who aim to bring back a thriving music scene to ...
  • Tickets

    Freckfest tickets can be purchased at the Harbour Arts Centre box office in Irvine or through the Ticketweb website.

Bringing Music Back To Irvine And Beyond

Freckfest is a charitable organisation, voluntarily run by a small group of music enthusiasts. Named in honour of Willie Freckleton (browse these pages to find out all about him) our main aim is to revive a flagging local music scene.

Whether it's one of our monthly Freckfest Fridays in the intimate settings of the Harbour Arts Centre, a night of feel-good music in the Magnum Theatre with the top tribute bands around or a raucous night of ska in Troon Concert Hall, we aim to put on something for everyone. You really should get along to one of our gigs...

To join our mailing list, please send your details to freckfest@gmail.com and we'll make sure you're kept up to date with all of Freckfest's goings on.