Eleanor McEvoy LP release and competition.

Diverse Records are delighted to announce that a new Eleanor McEvoy studio album, entitled “I’d Rather Go Blonde”, is to be released on 25th September 2010. The album features eleven new songs, nine of which were penned by McEvoy, one by former Beautiful South man Dave Rotheray and, finally, there’s a cover of “Good Times” by Sam Cooke.

“I’d Rather Go Blonde” is the eighth album in a twenty year career that has seen McEvoy establish herself as one of Ireland’s most accomplished singer / songwriters. Never one to shy away from the big issues, this album sees McEvoy tackling themes such as alienation, hypocrisy, recent Irish history and romance. The songs are typified by a lyrical élan and often leavened with a touch of humour – “For Avoidance Of Any Doubt” features a plaintive soul using her solicitor to berate an absent lover for not returning calls, and the title track is built around a phrase that just made McEvoy laugh! As she says herself, “I always try to express myself clearly and honestly. I was the odd one, the tubby girl with glasses who had to go to violin lessons after school. The ray of sunlight was the radio with its music. The escape was learning to sing and play instruments and play with others and write and just get out there. Anyway this album is all me, and I am very proud of it.” Her music has evolved and developed over her career and this album is a confident statement. Her continuing absorption and influence by other forms of music continues to delight and confound any listener who may attempt to pigeon-hole her simply with reference to the winsome ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’ which appeared on the massively popular album “A Woman’s Heart” back in 1992. That was then, this is now! “I’d Rather Go Blonde” has been mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan’ who did the breakthrough Mumford & Sons record of this year and has a wilfully contemporary relevance.

Throughout her career, McEvoy has earned accolades and picked up various awards – not just for her work but also for the super high-end audio approach she has taken on various albums. “I’d Rather Go Blonde” continues the run of superbly mastered 180g LPs on Diverse Records, and in a first for the label, the package includes a download code for the album too! The LP will be launched at this year’s National Audio Show at Whittlebury Hall, where Eleanor will be performing an exclusive, intimate show on the Saturday evening. If you can’t make it on the night, then Eleanor will be joining us on our stand at the show on Sunday to meet fans and autograph LPs.


For a chance to win a pair of tickets to Eleanor’s exclusive Saturday night performance, please simply email paul@diversevinyl.com with your name, and the answer to the following question:

Which was the first Eleanor McEvoy album to win a Hi Fi award?

Entries can be accepted up to 5pm on Wednesday 22nd September. The winner will be selected at random from all the correct entries, and will be emailed on Thursday morning with the good news! If you’re not the lucky winner, don’t worry, there’s still tickets left at the moment, although you’d be advised to book as soon as possible. Click HERE to buy tickets.

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