Songwriting Masterclass with Eleanor McEvoy
Date: Saturday 26 January 2019
Looking at some of her own songs as well as works of other writers, Eleanor will be featuring structure, form, concept, rhyme, melody and chord progressions. She will be examining how these elements can have a powerful effect on your song.
She will also be examining the most effective methods of taping into inspiration and finding “the subconscious composer” within each of us.
Eleanor McEvoy achieved star status in Ireland in 1992 when her song "A Woman's Heart" was the title track for the A Woman's Heart anthology album. A Woman’s Heart has since gone on to become the best-selling album in Irish history. Eleanor released her eponymous debut on Geffen records followed by 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?’ The first single ‘Precious Little’ was a top 10 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 fifteen albums and appearances on numerous compilation albums. She has also had numerous cover versions of her songs by performers such as Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Mary Coughlan, Bella Hardy, (BBC folk singer of the year) Eliza Carthy, Derek Ryan and Jack L Her songs have been used in many TV and film sound tracks including HBO cult series "Six Feet Under.", ABC's "Clueless" and the Pearce Brosnan film "The Nephew"
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. 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.