The Merry Muse operates on the second Sunday of the month from 4.00pm to 7.00pm
The next Merry Muse is on Sunday 10 March with feature act Wallabindi
Admission: $5 general admission, $3 MFS Members / Concession
Blackboard: The blackboard is prebooked – please email Eileen on ua.gro.kloforanom@esumyrrem if you are interested in performing. Otherwise just get along and listen to some great music.
Location: The Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson St, WESTON, ACT – Location map
Wallabindi (Monica Moore) is a proud First Nations singer-songwriter hailing from Perth, Western Australia. An incredibly versatile artist, Monica’s soulful vocals soar and weave across many genres and lineups. She has performed locally and internationally for almost 20 years, working with some of Australia’s most prominent artists. In the last few months, Monica has performed with Coloured Stone at the 2024 National Multicultural Festival, and her debut EP, Wallabindi Dreaming, won the MusicACT Independent Debut of the Year in December 2023. For her upcoming gig at the Merry Muse, Monica will be sharing powerful stories, truth telling and reflections throughout her performance, including showcasing the roots/country/folk infused songs from her EP. Wallabindi will be accompanied by an incredible local lineup of dear
friends and musicians – Richard Gorter, Don Welsh and Jonathan Jones
The Merry Muse is delighted to host Ireland’s Eleanor McEvoy on Wednesday 27 March 2024.
The Merry Muse Folk Club is delighted to present an unforgettable night of music by Eleanor McEvoy, one of Ireland’s foremost songwriters, on Wednesday 27 March at the Canberra Irish Club.
The Canberra concert forms part of an extensive Australian tour for McEvoy, who having released her 16th album “Gimme Some Wine” to rave reviews, is now back on the road with the new album and her latest riveting single “South Anne Street”. Eleanor’s live shows are spellbinding. She walks in a single pool of light, the stage set with an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar, violin, piano and a small amp. What follows has been enthralling audiences around the world for decades.
- Wednesday 27 March 2024, 7pm concert
- Dinner and Drinks available from 5:30pm
- Venue: Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street Weston, ACT 2611
- Concert tickets are: $40 general admission and $37 for Monaro Folk Society
- Booking are available by clicking here.
More about Eleanor:
Eleanor McEvoy is the composer, co-performer, and producer of “A Woman’s Heart”, the title track for the best-selling Irish album in Irish history. It features regularly on screen, most recently in 2019 in the award-winning TV show “Derry Girls”. Her song “Sophie” was described by David Smith in The Guardian as “an anthem that is touching, inspiring and consoling thousands of anorexic girls around the world” It is used internationally in treatment centres to treat patients with eating disorders.
Mostly written and recorded during lockdown – it is no surprise that the title of Eleanor McEvoy’s sixteenth album is ‘Gimme Some Wine’. The album’s music, both nostalgic and contemporary, spans several genres – calling on older music hall, post war, 50s, 60s styles combined with fragments of Spanish, Jazz, Mexican, classical, Russian and folk music. Juxtaposed with contemporary drums, bass, or drum loops, the sound really does have something that feels both entirely new and utterly familiar.
Thematically, there’s a sense of combining opposites. Being back in Dublin but looking globally. Savouring and embracing solitude but relishing the company of friends. Reflecting on the past whilst anticipating the future. These themes are reflected throughout almost all the songs on the album.
South Anne Street sets the scene for a song about meeting an ex at the corner of South Anne St and Grafton St. on a Tuesday afternoon and ending up in McDaid’s Pub in Dublin. It is both absolutely specific and utterly universal.
Scarlet Angels was inspired by the recent A Woman’s Heart Orchestrated concerts with the RTE Concert Orchestra where McEvoy, Wallis Bird and Maura O’Connell all wore red on stage. A bit like the album as a whole, the song is an homage to the healing power of friends and music.
Almost Beautiful, a co-write with (ex Beautiful South guitarist and songwriter) Dave Rotheray, describes the mental decline of a loved one. Rotheray is quoted as saying, “We went to the pub after writing that one”.
The title track Gimme Some Wine is dedicated to British artist Chris Gollon, Eleanor’s artistic collaborator who passed away suddenly in 2017.
Through this fusion of bygone and modern, established and innovative, McEvoy creates something totally fresh but with a taste of the familiar, with perhaps, a glass of red on the side.
Find out more at www.eleanormcevoy.com
Enquiries and Performer bookings:Eileen Newmarch 0412 127 882 Email: ua.gro.kloforanom@esumyrrem
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