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