Eva Porter

Eva Porter

 Cork, Munster, IRL
BandFolkCountry

Eva Porter is a young Irish mother, whose self penned songs explore the ups and downs of everyday life. Her songs tell a story and come from a real place. Her voice is melodic and clear and her music is very much a reflection of Eva's love of folk, country and soul sounds.

Biography

It might seem strange that a mother of three, working in insurance, who had never done a gig, decided to record an album of her own songs but that's exactly what Eva Porter has done.

Eva has been been writing songs since the age of twelve and has always had a passion for music but never took it further than home.

It was only when her then 6 year old son told her on a drive home one night, after they had been singing along to a song Eva had written, that he thought his mum should make a record, that Eva decided to give it go.

18 months ago the journey from singing her songs to her children to sharing them on her debut album “Heart on my Sleeve” began in earnest.

It started with a phone call to Eva’s uncle, Cork singer & soon to be co-writer Joe Corbett. Over the next year, Eva & Joe collaborated on the songs for the album.

Brian Connor, Belfast keyboard player and producer whose credits include albums for Freddie White and Albert Niland, heard Eva’s demos and signed on as producer. Brian played keyboards on the album and assembled a line up of Ireland’s finest musicians to join him - Johnny Scott, guitarist, Rod Patterson, bassist and Danny Byrt, percussion. The album was recorded in Sonas Studios, Glenflesk, Co. Kerry in December 2009. The album was engineered by Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios and mastered by Ruairi O’Flaherty.

Eva’s music reflects her wide range of musical influences and love of folk, country and soul. Eva's influences include Karen Carpenter, Tracey Chapman, Pink, Joni Mitchel, Carole King, Mary Chapin Carpenter, James Taylor, Alanis Morrissette, Maura O'Connell, Billy Joel, Elton John, Gemma Hayes, Declan O'Rourke, Martin Gore.

Lyrics

Heart On My Sleeve

Written By: Eva Porter & Joe Corbett

I’d like to keep some secrets please
And I’d like less transparency
But that’s not happening
I keep revealing
Tell you what I think
And what I’m feeling

At least I won’t keep you guessing
No games to play, no pretending
I’m an open book
It’s easy to read me
Worth a second look
I’m here if you need me

I wear my heart upon my sleeve
I’ll let you know what I believe
That’s how it is with me
Take it or leave it
You get what you see
Better believe it


There’ll be no lies, no hypocrisy
I’ll do my best, try honestly
I know I talk too much
And that can’t be easy
But I’ve got the touch
For giving completely

Let down your guard, your boundaries
Allow yourself to be free
I’m a little obvious
Wish I was more cryptic
And more mysterious
But you’d miss the real me

I wear my heart upon my sleeve
I’ll let you know what I believe
That’s how it is with me
Take it or leave it
You get what you see
Better believe it

I wear my heart upon my sleeve

Copyright © 2009 Eva Porter and Joe Corbett

Discography

Debut album "Heart On My Sleeve" launched on the 17th June, 2010.

I've had airplay on "The Blue of the Night" on RTE's Lyric FM , "The Late Date" on RTE 1, Cork's 96FM & Red FM aswell as interviews with Noel Cronin & Shane Supple on Cry 104fm in Youghal, I was a guest on Martina O'Donoghue's show on C103FM where my album is now on the playlist and Paddy Mac in Dundalk FM, where my album was album of the week. I also have an upcoming appearance on Band Wagon TV, aswell as interviews on C103 Breakfast Show, Access Dublin 96FM, West Limerick FM and Podcasts.ie. I've had good support from Cork's local press including the Evening Echo, Cork News, East Cork Journal and national newspaper The Examiner.