Eleanor has written her first song lyric, ‘High Tide’, for the award-winning folk singer, Emily Portman. Emily and Eleanor share a fascination with metamorphosis and shape-shifting, a theme which Emily has eerily captured in her ghostly and tidal melody.
‘High Tide’ will be played for the first time at the Irish Sea Sessions, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 18th October 2013, part of Liverpool Irish Festival, 2013.
For more on Emily Portman
This from the Philharmonic on the Irish Sea Sessions:
The groundbreaking, part super-group part sessions project returns with a radically new and exciting line up of the most talented musicians in their field. Now in its fourth year, 13 hand-picked multi-instrumentalists and singers from traditional and contemporary music backgrounds, and from both sides of the Irish Sea, come together with the audience for another night of impassioned exposition of the shared music and the special bond between Liverpool and Ireland.
The line-up changes each year. This year, singers Declan O’Rourke (Galileo, Sarah), Emily Portman (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner 2013 Best Contemporary Song ‘The Hatchling’), Robert Vincent (Life In Easy Steps), Pauline Scanlon (one half of the duo Lumiere) and Alan Burke (Rambling Boys of Pleasure, Afterhours, Tulsk) provide most of the songs.
They are backed by an ensemble of hand-picked instrumentalists: the Coyne Brothers – Mick on uillean pipes, Eamon on fiddle, and Terry Clarke-Coyne on flutes and whistles – are joined by Sean Regan on fiddle, Gino Lupari (of Four Men and a Dog) on percussion, David Munnelly on button accordion and piano, and Neil Campbell on guitars, all led by musical director Bernard O’Neill on double bass and piano. They are equally at home leading rollicking sets of reels or delicate airs. The musicians meet together for the first time just three days in advance, and put together a two-hour show that has all the atmosphere of the finest pub session, with all the quality of a major concert hall setting.
‘One of the highlights of the Liverpool musical year…people will boast for years to come – I was there’