Eleanor Shanley is one of the most loved and respected vocalists in Ireland. Nearly 30 years since starting her musical career as a vocalist with De Danann, and her voice as pure and lyrical as the first day she stepped in front of a microphone in 1990. Renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish and Roots songs Eleanor has been at the top of her profession since joining De Danann and has recorded many solo albums including Desert Heart, A Place of My Own and 2015’s, Forever Young from which her single, the Thom Moore classic Gorgeous and Bright, was the most played track on RTE 1 Radio the same summer.
Eleanor’s new project is GARADICE. The now named GARADICE features the same four-piece (Eleanor, Dave Sheridan, Padraig McGovern and John McCartin) who originally collaborated when they came together to work, co-create and ultimately perform in the fourth residency of The Leitrim Equation programme in 2014 approx. (Est. by Leitrim Co. Council in 2006). As a result of the time spent together in The Leitrim Equation residency and subsequent tour, the four-piece of Eleanor Shanley (lead vocals), Dave Sheridan (Flute, Accordion and Piano), Padraig McGovern (Uileann Pipes and Whistles) and John McCartin (Guitar), decided to work together. To record an album.
Less than two years later GARADICE, the album, is now on release. The self-titled debut from the talented collective can be purchased from digital media stores and via mail order from www.garadicemusic.com
GARADICE, the album is a collection of 13 eclectic songs and tunes. Recording commenced in 2017 in John McKenna’s cottage in Leitrim and the final touches recently completed in Kerry, where it was also mixed by the multi-talented Donogh Hennessey. Produced by Garadice themselves, mastering duties were picked up by Billy Farrell at Deadeye Productions. Together with guest musicians Donal Lunny, Tom Morrow, Utsav Lal, John Joe Kelly and guest vocalists Shobsy and Eleanor Quaine they present beautiful arrangements of these songs and tunes, some original and some of which have not been played for over 200 years!
In recent years Eleanor also has had a live collaboration with John Feeley. Described by the Washington Post as 'Ireland's leading classical guitarist' and by Michael Dervan in the Irish Times as 'a trailblazer...when it comes to the guitar and guitar-playing in Ireland', Feeley studied at Trinity College, Dublin, Queens College of the City University, New York, and The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where he graduated with a PhD in music. The Leitrim lady enjoys this working relationship very much, it’s a very special dynamic for both artists.
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.
Other highlights in recent years include performing at RTE Radio’s 1916 Commemoration Concert in Dublin, performing at Here’s To You, Ronnie Drew – A Celebration, in honour honour of her dear, dear friend. A recipient of the prestigious The Danish Folk Music Award in 2015, Eleanor is only the second Irish artist to receive this honour since its inception 20 years ago.
Eleanor’s happiest place is performing, to have an opportunity to perform with friends makes the experience even more special. GARADICE is a new layer to Eleanor’s special collaborations so this Leitrim lady is very happy indeed at this time!