Eleanor Shanley & John Feely

Saturday 16th April 8pm.

Eleanor and John first met in London in the 1990s, when Eleanor was touring with De Dannan. “It was a chance encounter at Liverpool Street Station when we were both passing through.” Eleanor reminisces. They did not meet again for nearly twenty-five years, when John was doing a show in Eleanor’s now hometown of Ballinasloe. They almost immediately started chatting about doing some work together. They have since worked on some live shows together (Clifden Arts Festival, The Seaview Sessions, The Unitarian Church, Jung Symbols and Songs Of The Soul and many others), and Cancion de Amor is the result of their recording collaboration. “I have been an admirer of John’s work for so long and love all of his performances on this record. However, I think his playing on the track Coolin is sublime,” says Eleanor. They both love how John’s classical and Spanish influenced guitar styles works with Eleanor’s voice. The resulting long play is a beautiful body of work to listen to.

While the album’s recording started some time ago, this year gifted both the time needed to finish the album. John was born in Ballinasloe and now lives in Co. Wicklow and while born and raised in Co. Leitrim Eleanor now lives in Ballinasloe so both were familiar with the church where the record was recorded. St. Francis Church, Meelick Friary has been in use since 1414 AD, making it the most continuously used Roman Catholic Church in the country. To our joy Fr Declan McInerney kindly gave us permission to record our album at this historic and beautiful location and when Covid restrictions allowed we set about completing the album also in the same location.

8pm. Tickets: €20/17