Eleanor McEvoy leads Denholm Music Festival

One of the Emerald Isle’s most successful singer-songwriters, Eleanor McEvoy, fronts Denholm Folk Festival on Friday, November 1, in the village hall.

After the Auld Cross Keys Inn’s welcoming session on Thursday, October 31, the Friday evening concert will be an all-Irish affair, with McEvoy taking centre stage.

Eleanor wrote the title track for ‘A Woman’s Heart’, the number one best-selling Irish album in history, and since then has gone to forge a glittering career as a singer/songwriter all over the world.

Exposed to music at a very early age, Dublin born Eleanor grew up in a strict Catholic household in the grey north-side suburb of Cabra.

After a musical upbringing playing the piano, violin and performing on stage with her older siblings, Eleanor graduated in music from Trinity in Dublin and set out to pay her way through life as a jobbing musician.

Already writing her own songs, she was waiting for the opportunity to branch out on her own.

Eleanor spent four years in Ireland’s National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), recording studio sessions as a singer, fiddle and keyboard player, and joining Irish diva Mary Black’s touring band.

Out of the blue, two chances came along at once. Mary and her record company manager/husband decided Eleanor’s song A Woman’s Heart would be a fitting title and lead song for their compilation of contemporary Irish female performers.

Simultaneously the legendary Tom Zutaut of Geffen Records (who signed the likes of Guns N Roses and Motley Crue), on a scouting mission to Dublin, heard Eleanor in a pub, bought her demo cassette and on the spot decided he wanted to sign her to Geffen.

Everything changed and Eleanor was off to tour the world, while at the same time A Woman’s Heart went into the Irish charts and still remains the biggest Irish selling record in the home market. Eleanor released her bluesier 10th studio album entitled ‘If You Leave’ in May this year.

For programme info and tickets, phone 01835 830488, or go to the Denholm Folk Festival website.