Album of the Week – Elaine Lennon 4 Jan 2020
Tune in to Celtic Music Radio on 4 Jan 12pm where she is in conversation with Auntie Liz re her album and it being chosen as this weeks Album of The Week on Celtic Music Radio
Elaine Lennon received a ‘Danny’ at Danny Kyle Open Stage awards at Celtic Connections in 2019 returns to Celtic Connections on 19 Jan 2020 in the Danny Kyle Open Stage Showcase and to launch her new album at the festival on 24 Jan in The Glad Café
When Elaine’s youngest of two children started school in 2018, she reassessed what she wanted to do with her life and career. She sat with her husband and worked out if creating music, her lifetime passion, was something she could now consider pursuing on a professional level.
With only one or two friends in the music scene, no experience in writing professionally or performing to an audience it was a daunting decision to leap into the unknown, yet her strong desire to share her songs in the hope that they would connect with a wider audience and that feeling deep inside that she ‘just could not NOT do this’ she took the chance and went ‘all in’.
The fearless honesty in her songwriting, her warmth and connection with her audience, positive work ethic, attitude of continuous learning and whole-hearted dedication would lead to her gaining respect of her peers and to her hosting her own Songwriters’ Rounds with established artists, performing double headliners with Grammy Winning Songwriter Michael Logen, being featured on the line-up at major festivals and now self-releasing her debut album at Celtic Connections.
With well-respected contemporary Findlay Napier producing and Paul Savage engineering at his Chem19 Studios all of the magic on this debut album was captured with a cream-of-the-crop array of supporting musicians, including Patsy Reid on strings, Iain Sloan on pedal steel, Euan Burton on bass and Napier himself on guitars.
“I love when great melodies intertwine with stories that hook me in, leaving me wanting to listen over…songs that speak to me, make me laugh and cry, remind me of something dear, carry a powerful message…inspire me…songs that make me FEEL something – that are real and fearlessly from the heart,” she says.
From the brooding darkness of ‘This’ to the uplifting ‘Little Bird Little Sailor’; from the heart-rending despair of ‘Alone Here With Me’ to the reassuring unconditional love of ‘By Your Side,’ this is a collection that provides a true and touching insight into the song-writer’s heart and mind.
Add to the tapestry the captivating love story ‘Next Friday Night’, the powerfully moving ballad ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ with its beautiful language; the swagger of ‘Trouble’, the fresh originality of ‘Fear (Break-up Song)’ and the nostalgia of ‘In Songs We Live On’ (an artistic link of old and new where Elaine’s melody, lyrics and vocals have been masterfully blended with 1960s authentic jazz piano recordings of her uncle who had passed away before she was born) and this strong debut is bound to seal a strong future. Read more about the Story behind ‘In Songs We Live On’ here.
Since her first live appearance in December 2018 and collecting a prestigious Danny Kyle Award to her CV, Elaine has matured into a performer who is being tipped by many of her peers as someone who has rightly earned “not to be missed” status.
Winning comparisons to Carole King, Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, Belinda Carlisle, Carly Simon, Adele and Lori McKenna, this Glaswegian mum has demonstrated a real talent to write in a way that lows through genres and effortlessly across timelines, her music connecting with people in ways few other things in this world can.
- Next Friday Night
- Only Love Can Break Your Heart
- Alone Here With Me
- She’s Got You
- Little Bird Little Sailor
- In Songs We Live On
- You and Me
- Fear (breakup song)
- By your side