Eleanor Shanley has one of the finest and purist voices in Ireland and her career reflects the respect in which she is held by fellow musicians and audiences alike.
In 1989 she was invited to join Irish group De Danann, then at the height of their success. Eleanor toured with the band for 5 years and recorded two albums with them, “A Jacket of Batteries” and “Half Set in Harlem”.
After her departure from De Danann, Eleanor embarked on a solo career and went on to record many albums including “Eleanor Shanley” produced by Donal Lunny, “Desert Heart” and the Platinum Status album “Eleanor Shanley and Friends”. Se was nominated for a Meteor Award in 2005 for her album “Another Days Journey”. To date her singing career has taken her touring The Unites States, Australia, Europe, China, Japan and The Middle East.
In addition to having a hugely successful solo career she has performed and recorded with some of the countries leading performers, most noticeably the late Ronnie Drew with whom she worked since 1999. They recorded two albums together, the phenomenally successful “A Couple More Years” and “El Amor de mi Vida” and they toured extensively together until Ronnies untimely death in 2008.
Eleanor has recorded with, Eddi Reader, Tommy Fleming, Desi O’Halloran, Dolores Keane, The Dubliners, Christy Hennessy and Sharon Shannon (with whom she has toured in Ireland and the UK). She has also toured with Christy Moore.
In 2007 listeners to RTE Radio One’s John Creedon show voted her “The most distinctive female voice in Ireland” and this is reflected in her popularity coutrywide.
She recorded the album ‘A Place of My Own’ with Frankie Lane and Paul Kelly and continues to tour with them. After a reunion with De Danann in 2010 she recorded the ‘Wonderwaltz’ album and following the success of this album they returned to tour Ireland, Europe and the USA.
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