ELEANOR SHANLEY will play Dublin show at The Unitarian Church, Stephens Green alongside some Leitrim friends on Sunday, December 10th, 2017. Tickets priced €20 and €23 including booking fees are now on sale from tickets.ie
Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.45pm. It’s a straight set with no break so it’s guaranteed not be a late night.
The concert will feature Paul Kelly (mandolin and fiddle) and Niall Hughes (double bass and guitar)
This year’s concert will also feature an exclusive live performance from Leitrim’s own Garadice, who will join Eleanor as special guests.
“Exquisite” & “Folk Roots of the highest order” – Colm O’Hare, Hot Press
“Exquisitely beautiful” – Irish Music Magazine
“Gorgeous And Bright” – No 1 played song on RTE Radio 1, summer 2015
With a career spanning over twenty years, Eleanor Shanley is one of the most loved singers in our country’s folk music history.
Whether as a soloist, or collaborating with De Dannan, or her time collaborating with the late Ronnie Drew (RIP), that voice rings threw with such lyrical emotion, every time.
As a solo artist Eleanor Shanley has had a date with The Unitarian Church at Christmas time for the last few years. All shows have sold out too. Indeed, this is Eleanor’s third consecutive December show at this beautiful landmark location on Dublin’s St Stephens Green, and one that always excites.
This year Eleanor will be joined by Paul Kelly (mandolin and fiddle) and Niall Hughes (double bass and guitar). This year’s show on December 10th show will have an extra special addition to the night, not possible in previous years.
· On the night Eleanor will introduce us to her new collaborators, GARADICE. Having met during their collective time touring Leitrim Equation in 2016, this year the four-piece collaborative made the decision to start recording together. Within Garadice Eleanor is joined by John McCartin (Guitar), Dave Sheridan (Flute, Accordion and Piano) and Padraig McGovern (Uileann Pipes and Whistles). Some live shows are likely from Garadice in 2018 in parallel to Eleanor recording her new studio album.
· However, this live Dublin performance on December 10th will be the collaborator’s first in the city. A first and very special opportunity to hear some of the recordings set to be released in Garadice’s debut album in 2018.
Eleanor Shanley still possesses a voice as pure and lyrical as the first day she stepped in front of a microphone with De Danann in 1990. Renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish and Roots songs, Eleanor has been at the top of her profession since her first appearance with De Danann. She recorded two critically acclaimed albums with them ‘A Jacket of Batteries’ and ‘Half Set in Harlem’. While a member of De Danann she also toured Europe, Australia, China, Japan and the USA as well as taking part in several tours of Ireland.
Eleanor has worked with many great musicians through the years and also recorded with The Dubliners, Sharon Shannon, Donal Lunny, to U2 and too many more both at home & internationally to mention here. Her time working with Ronnie Drew was a very special time in her life, and this a friendship she treasured. They recorded two albums together, A Couple More Years, and El Amor De Mi Vida, which was recorded shortly before Ronnie died, Eleanor and Ronnie performed live together on many occasions, also.
Eleanor’s happiest place is performing and to frequently have an opportunity to perform with friends too makes the experience even more special.
Having toured Ireland, the continent and in Canada and the USA frequently over recent years one would wonder where Eleanor found the time to release a new album also. This she did, with 2015’s Forever Young (her 14th). The album presented Eleanor with the most played track on RTE Radio 1 the same summer, the Thom Moore classic, Gorgeous and Bright
Highlights in recent years include performing at RTE Radio’s 1916 Commemoration Concert in Dublin, together with performing at Here’s To You, Ronnie Drew – A Celebration. In honour of her dear, dear friend, the concert was held at Vicar Street in September of the same year.
This year so far has included live shows in Denmark, where Eleanor was awarded The Danish Folk Music Award in 2015, a testament, were it needed, to her popularity in this market. She is only the second Irish artist to receive this honour since its inception 20 years ago. Live shows also called in Germany and here at home. Indeed, Eleanor has just returned from Canada where she expects to be touring in 2018, possibly also in parallel with recording her next album!
www.eleanorshanley.ie | @eleanorshanley
TV / Radio Links
RTE Radio 1 Special (broadcast Sept 2015 & again March 27, 2016) Listen here: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/in-session/
Late Late Show performance – October 2015 http://goo.gl/7s38Rt
RTE Radio 1 In Session (filmed by Christian Tierney)
Forever Young https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA7J1nEOlQI