Eva Porter interview 5th July 2010
Eva Porter It might seem strange that a mother of three from Carrightwohill working in insurance, by day, raising three children, running a household, doing all the normal everyday things none of which included performing her own songs in public, decided to record an album of her own songs, but that’s exactly what Eva Porter has done.
When asked why after all this time she decided to release an album of well crafted well sung songs she explained that on a drive home one night her 6 year old son Amhlaoibh told her that she should make a record, she initially laughed off the suggestion that she could actually record an album but the idea started to grow. Eva had been writing songs since the age of twelve and she always had a passion for music but never had the confidence to take it further so she made a phone call to her uncle Joe Corbett, a great singer himself and talked about it and over the next 18 months they collaborated on the songs for the album.
Joe contacted a friend, Brian Connor, who signed on as producer and played piano & synth on the album. Brian then assembled an amazing team of musicians – Johnny Scott, guitarist, Rod Patterson bassist and Danny Byrt on percussion all of whom came together in Sonas Studios, Glenflesk, Co. Kerry in December 2009 for 3 days. We recorded the album in a little creative bubble in the Kerry Mountains, Eva said. Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios mixed the album and made the recording experience very easy going. Top that with Ruairi O’Flaherty’s expert mastering and I am very proud of what we all created in those 3 days in Kerry.
Speaking on Youghal Radio this week with Shane Supple Eva was astounded by the response her album has received from musicians, dj’s and members of the public. Eva has taken the unusual and brave step of recording her own songs first, the normal protocol is for singers to spend time working their craft, playing bars, clubs and anywhere in public they can. This helps hone the artist’s skills, it helps them become aware of what people like to hear, But Eva has done the exact opposite, writing and recording the album first and only now will she start to perform to a wider public audience her own songs.
18 months ago the journey from singing her songs to her children at night, to a recording studio in Kerry, to making an album .Eva Porter release the first of many new albums this week. Her album is called “Heart on my Sleeve” and is available in local shops or at her website
photographer David Casey
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