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15 June 2010

Brand new studio album to be released
20 September by RSK Entertainment

RSK Entertainment are delighted to announce that a new Eleanor McEvoy studio album, entitled "I'd Rather Go Blonde", is to be released on 20 September 2010 [Cat. No. MOSCD408]. The album features eleven new songs, nine of which were penned by McEvoy, one which was co-written with 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 ?lan 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."

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. As well as standard CD format, this album will also be released as a 12 track stereo hybrid SACD/CD [MOSACD308], a 96k download via Linn/RSK and on vinyl (through Diverse Records on 25 September).

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 willfully contemporary relevance.

Always a noted live performer, Eleanor McEvoy will be touring the UK as support to Dave Rotheray in August. She will also undertake a headline tour of her own in September where she will be playing tracks from throughout her career but also of course from "I'd Rather Go Blonde". See also www.eleanormcevoy.com.


For more information or to request an interview please contact Chris Hewlett on 0208 348 6767 or chris@chrishewlett.com

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