Eleanor Angel

Eleanor Angel

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandFolkAcoustic

Eleanor Angel is a stunning acoustic songstress & guitarist with a refreshingly honest performance style.

Biography

Brisbane songstress Eleanor Angel is a stunning vocalist who weaves elements of classical voice, jazz and folk with a sense of bittersweet introspection. Her arrangements have an elegant simplicity, structured around the fingerstyle guitar of her live performances and augmented by lush, spacious sting arrangements and soft percussion.

Eleanor started out as a busker at the tender age of seven, pounding out tunes on her violin to bleary eyed passers by on the streets of Melbourne.
Now an accomplished vocalist and guitarist, Eleanor has performed her original material all over Queensland and Melbourne and as far abroad as Germany and Mexico alongside mentionable names such as Angie Hart, Sophie Koh, Emma Dean, Shenton Gregory (Electric Stunt Orchestra, Fourplay) and many more.
Angel was always the charismatic girl on the fringes, whose classical background collided spectacularly with her love of pop and jazz music. She managed to love The Beatles, Miles Davis, Portishead, Joni Mitchell and renaissance style a cappella simultaneously. Happily, Angel’s voice accommodated her diverse tastes, enabling a boldly feminine, confident approach to both composition and performance.

Eleanor is joined by percussionist Dave Kemp (Latin Vibe), cellist Kathy Baker and Acoustic Bass player Lee Peters. Together the four artists weave an enchanting and vibrant acoustic landscape.

They have played at many venues including The Brisbane Powerhouse, Manchester Lane, The Woodford Folk Festival, Fete de la Musique, The National Folk Festival, and she commonly performs at Queensland venues such as The Troubadour, Rics & The Upfront Club (Maleny). Upcoming gigs include shows with Canadian Songstress Ann Vriend at the Wesley Ann (Vic) and Rics (Qld).
Having just completed her second album ‘Face to Face’ (set for launch May 16th), Eleanor plans to celebrate the release of her new material with an east coast tour of Australia. She is set to team up with wonderful Melbourne band “The Tealeaves” and many other talented interstate and local acts.

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Lyrics

The Water

Written By: Eleanor Angel

We crossed the water side by side,
You took the boat, I swam the tide.

We reached the middle had the time of our lives,
I desperately searched for that look in your eyes..

As the tide turned, the day faded away,
I still hadn't found what I was looking for.

The lightning came, the girls took fright,
We had to let go of our last daylight

We returned to the shore, nothing to hide,
You took the boat, I swam the tide.

Out of Temptation

Written By: Eleanor Angel

Your eyes are open,
Your sundried hands grip the pen your father gave you
So long ago.

Your eyes touch the photo
You’re happy then and the pretty girl by your side...
So long ago.

And you feel something funny and uncanny.
And you feel a little let down by yourself
You let your fear lead you out of temptation
So long ago.

This house creaks with memories,
You can taste them as they float down the old wooden stairs,
How to let go, how to let them go.

And you feel something funny and uncanny.
And you feel a little let down by yourself
You let your fear lead you out of temptation
So long ago.

And how time’s past you by,
And how you ache for the stolen years of your life,
So long ago, so long ago.

Darkness first then dawn it follows.
Your sundried hands write the words your lips should have said
So long ago.

Your eyes are open

Understand

Written By: Eleanor Angel

Understand, time’s a ghost like every man,
It follows us in wake or sleep,
It takes the love we want to keep.

Understand, how between us lies the land
The ground is moving at our feet
Let’s make some promises to keep.

(Cos) Time denies the love we find.
Time unwinds the knots we’ve tied.

I see the line from where we’ve come to our divide.
I want to feel the depth that almost drowned us,
In love and lust,

(Cos) Time denies the love we find
Time unwinds the knots we’ve tied.

You wanted me to be something to hold onto?
You wanted me to be someone to return to?
I just wanted you to feel in a way I could feel to..
We go round and round the circle once again.

Understand, time holds us in it’s ghostly hand,
That feelings ebb and flow like waves on sand,
That’s one thing I understand.

Colour of Filled Silence

Written By: Eleanor Angel

Again I'm waiting, there's a part of me that doesn't want to talk
The memories of words we speak are the colour of Filled Silence,
Like shit packaged in an empty jar and put on the shelf for sale.

And my tongue is exhausted from trying so hard to make the pieces fit,
And no I don't really care about my failures I knew I wouldn't measure up.

The Well

Written By: Eleanor Angel

I took your hand and we walked up to the well,
I threw a coin in but I couldn’t see where it fell.

Five years later we returned to the well,
And the coin lay in the dry earth in the place where it fell.

Cos it’s run dry baby, dry as can be,
It’s run dry and there’ll be no more wishes from me.

We went inland and we camped by the valley side,
We went to see the stream but what did we find..

It’s run dry baby, dry as can be,
It’s run dry and this stream will never meet the sea.

You took your pen and your paper and you crossed the sea,
Everything precious and important, but there was no room for me.

The taste of salty water is too familiar to me,
Look into my eyes now, they have done their weeping.

They’ve run dry baby, dry as can be
They’ve run dry and there’ll be no more tears from me.

Into the Light

Written By: Eleanor Angel

How many times can you follow a path that leads you far behind?
The hour is late and the quickening night seeks to hold you in its arms.

The stars in the sky seem to speak of the dreams, which you’ve left behind,
And you hope that the path that you’ve chosen this time will deliver you

Send your fears into the light,
Fall asleep in the arms of the night.
Despite what you say, you are full of desire,
So speak of it and don’t be ashamed this time.

The mistakes I have made are in not saying the things that I yearn to say
Too long I have followed the shape of the day and it has blunted me..

Send your fears into the light,
Fall asleep in the arms of the night.
Despite what you say, you are full of desire,
So speak of it and don’t be ashamed this time.

Discography

Rain On The Street 2009

Face to Face (public release 2010).

Set List

Typical Set ranges from 30 mins to 1 hour.

Example of 40-45 minute set (originals only- usually include 1 cover):

Dream Baby
Understand
Out of Temptation
The Water
Higher
Colour of Filled Silence
Paths
Without Me
The Rain on The St
Mango Tree
Blue Eyes

Cover Repertoire:
Radiohead, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Crowded House, some Jazz standards etc..