Dublin singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy makes an eagerly-awaited return visit to Bute when she takes to the stage with Transclyde Music at Craigmore Bowling Club on Saturday, May 23.
Born in the Irish capital on January 20, 1967, the young Eleanor had her first piano lesson at the age of four; she took up the violin two years later, and as a teen joined the Junior Irish Youth Orchestra.
Upon graduating from college, McEvoy was tapped for the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, but after four years she quit to pursue a career as a pop performer.
Her 1992 hit ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’ was the stand-out record on the anthology A Woman’s Heart, which went on to become the best-selling album in Irish chart history - a position it still holds today.
The record’s success made McEvoy a superstar virtually overnight, and in 1994 she issued her self-titled full-length debut.
What’s Following Me? appeared two years later, and in mid-1999 she returned with the Rupert Hine produced Snapshots.
It was during that tour that McEvoy began her collaboration with the Belfast pianist Brian Connor, a relationship that helped spawn 2001’s critically acclaimed Yola.
2003 saw the re-release of her debut, this time on Market Square Records, and the following year, McEvoy released her fourth collection of new material, the SACD-compatible Early Hours.
She now has 11 solo albums to her name, the most recent of which - ‘Stuff’ - was released in March 2014 and features tracks compiled from her collection of single mixes, audiophile tracks, and songs written and performed on other artists’ records.
Next weekend’s performance will be Eleanor’s fourth on Bute - and ever since her first appearance, at Mount Stuart’s ‘Concerts in the Crypt’ series in October 2011, she’s been guaranteed a warm and enthusiastic welcome on the island.
Tickets for next Saturday’s gig, priced £10, are available in advance from Macqueen’s Butchers in Bishop Street (01700 502067) and from Musicker in the High Street (01700 502287), and at the door on the night - though the last is, as always, subject to availability, so if you want to be sure of a place in the audience don’t wait until the last minute to get your ticket!