ELEANOR MCEVOY

The Thomas Moore Project

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - SIOB­HÁN LONG

Reimag­in­ing Thomas Moore, the 19th-cen­tury poet, song­writer and singer whose Ir­ish melodies are em­bed­ded in folk mem­ory, is the task that Eleanor McEvoy has set her­self. Cleav­ing to Frank Harte’s adage that if you want to know what hap­pened, read the his­tory books; if you want to know how it felt, lis­ten to the songs, McEvoy un­picks Moore’s ex­cep­tion­ally tex­tured lyri­cal pal­ette and beds it down on al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments, most of which crys­tallise the emo­tional in­tent with con­sid­er­able ef­fect. Spa­cious ar­range­ments, par­tic­u­larly from Ea­mon Nolan’s flugel­horn and Eoghan O’Neill’s bass, af­ford McEvoy plenty of room to delve deep be­neath the sur­face. Her de­mil­i­tari­sa­tion of The

Min­strel Boy, along with the del­i­cacy of At The Mid Hour Of

Night are high­lights in what is a highly evoca­tive and co­he­sive col­lec­tion that may win Moore an en­tirely new au­di­ence. eleanorm­cevoy.com

This is a highly evoca­tive and co­he­sive col­lec­tion that may win Moore an en­tirely new au­di­ence

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