About Eleanor Shanley
Eleanor Shanley, from Keshcarrigan in County Leitrim in the North West of Ireland, is renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish and Roots songs. She has been at the top of her profession since her first appearance as the singer with traditional group De Danann, and subsequently with Ronnie Drew. She has also toured with Christy Moore and Sharon Shannon and as a soloist both in Ireland and abroad, where she is much in demand at top music festivals.
Eleanor has recorded with Ronnie Drew, Sharon Shannon, Eddi Reader, Tommy Fleming, Desmond O'Halloran, Dolores Keane, Christy Hennessy, The Dubliners and many others. Her current collaborators are Frankie Lane and Paul Kelly with whom she has performed since 2002.
Background to the commission
This year 2020 was to be a year of promise. The start of a new decade always brings hope, but it has instead brought a turn in all our lives. It has been a year about distancing in many ways. Bringing to mind losses and remembrance of those who have died and who have not been mourned in our traditional ways. Those in our close community of artists whom we should remember, the peacemaker John Hume, artist Janet Mullaney, the writer Eugene McCabe, the poet Eavan Bolan, musicians and carriers of traditions, Mary Mc Partlan and Ben Lennon from Leitrim and those who are closest and dearest to us. Despite all the concerns the year has brought, in terms of racial and political tension, disturbing and rapid environmental shifts and the everyday concern for the health of our friends, neighbours and communities. This year is a chance for us to reset, rethink and we hope will bring opportunity for change. Can it offer us a chance to be better connectors, more fully mindful of our own and others identities, care and celebration of difference and diversity, love and protection of the living earth? With the ideas of remembrance and our natural environment, and in particular with trees in mind, The Dock has commissioned new songs and music that respond to the conditions of all our lives at the moment.