Popular singer ties her, pared down, new album to an art exhibition
Eleanor McEvoy is baring her soul and her body for her new album, Naked Music, which comes out next month.
The pared down album, which includes music written by Lloyd Cole and West Texan ‘legend’ Terry Allen is also at the centre of an accompanying art exhibition in London.
Eleanor says she recorded alone in the studio to create an intimate collection, at its most raw – one instrument, one voice, performed live.
Perhaps best known for Sophie and Only A Woman’s Heart, her new album features artwork by painter Chris Gollon and the album will be unveiled at the opening of Chris’s accompanying art exhibition in Gallery Different in London next week on 28 January.
Eleanor bought Chris’ painting Champagne Sheila after spotting it in a London gallery and left some of her music for Chris and his agent to listen to.
Then while in Norwich a year ago, where Chris was exhibiting Incarnation, Mary and Women from the Bible in the Cathedral, Eleanor, who was performing at the Bicycle Shop concert venue, visited the exhibition and ended up having lunch with the artist.
They agreed to find a way to work together. Chris was so taken with the songs on Naked Music he completed four paintings in response – two on the Naked theme, and two others related to song titles and lyrics.
The first, Dreaming of Leaving, was written by Eleanor and Lloyd Cole.
The other, Lubbock Woman is by West Texan Terry Allen. The paintings in Chris’s exhibition are inspired by all the new album tracks by Eleanor, some co-written with Dave Rotheray (from The Beautiful South), Lloyd Cole and Nat Johnson. Visitors can come and hear the new Eleanor McEvoy album and the new Chris Gollon imagery side-by-side.
The exhibition at Gallery Different (in association with IAP Fine Art) will run for three weeks from next Monday 25 January with a ticketed concert and private view on Thursday, 28 January from 6.00pm – 8.30pm.
Eleanor will then play the following tour dates in the UK in March:
Tue 1st Kendal, Bootleggers
Wed 2nd Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Cafe
Thu 3rd Manchester, Gullivers
Sat 5th Durham, Gala Studio
Wed 9th Sheffield, Greystones
Thu 10th London, Surya
Sat 12th Kingskerswell, St Mary’s
Sun 13th Bath, Chapel Arts
Fri 18th Meifod, Powys, Pen-YLan Hall