This album marks a significant first step in Eleanor’s lifelong journey discovering the wonderful songs and extraordinary life of Thomas Moore. Produced and arranged by Eleanor, who is best known for her songs ‘Sophie’ and the Irish standard ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’, which this year celebrates its 25 th anniversary, the album more than pays homage to one of the Georgian era’s most beloved writers and entertainers. The Thomas Moore Project celebrates and revitalises some of the lesser and indeed well known material by the said luminary such as Oft In The Stilly Night, The Minstrel Boy and The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls. Says Eleanor of the album: “I hope you will enjoy this and join me. My approach is intentionally different. I needed to go further than just pay homage so my arrangements for this choice of 11 songs are of this century”. I’m not sure when I began my intriguing quest but I do remember singing Thomas Moore songs in a choir when I was around nine years of age. My fascination is not just with his music but also with his own place in history in a fantastic artistic period with contrasting social and political upheaval in Europe and Ireland. My journey continues.
1. Oft in the Stilly Night 2. The Last Rose of Summer 3. Come Send Round the Wine 4. Though Humble the Banquet 5. At the Mid Hour of Night 6. The Minstrel Boy 7. Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms 8. The Song of Fionnuala (Silent Oh Moyle) 9. Erin, the Tear and the Smile in Thine Eyes 10. Oh! Breathe Not His Name 11. The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls
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