THE DEBUT ALBUM
"One of the best debut albums I have heard in years"
- FATEA Magazine
'This is a very impressive debut album from Elaine. The production and musicianship are wonderfully complementary tot he songs and bring out the very best in Elaine's music and voice. Really Lovely Stuff’ Ben Glover
'The subject matter is common but you found a new way of saying it. It’s very difficult to do what you did and make it sound effortless...unique, beautiful language' NSAI
Launched 24th January 2020 - Little Sailor Records.
With well-respected contemporary Findlay Napier producing and Paul Savage engineering at his Chem19 Studios all of the magic on this debut album was captured with a cream-of-the-crop array of supporting musicians, including Patsy Reid on strings, Iain Sloan on pedal steel, Euan Burton on bass and Napier himself on guitars.
From the brooding darkness of ‘This’ to the uplifting ‘Little Bird Little Sailor’; from the heart-rending despair of ‘Alone Here With Me’ to the reassuring unconditional love of ‘By Your Side,’ this is a collection that provides a true and touching insight into the song-writer’s heart and mind.
Add to the tapestry the captivating love story ‘Next Friday Night’, the powerfully moving ballad ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ with its beautiful language; the swagger of ‘Trouble’, the fresh originality of ‘Fear (Break-up Song)’ and the nostalgia of ‘In Songs We Live On’ (an artistic link of old and new where Elaine’s melody, lyrics and vocals have been masterfully blended with 1960s authentic jazz piano recordings of her uncle who had passed away before she was born) and this strong debut is bound to seal a strong future. Read more about the Story behind 'In Songs We Live On' here.
The album was launched at a SOLD OUT show at one of the largest winter music festivals CELTIC CONNECTIONS. Lennon later played a set at the Celtic Connections LATE NIGHT SESSIONS at another packed out show, sharing the lineup with the likes of legendary Scottish Singer-Songwriter Boo Hewerdine.
Photo: 'THE ALBUM LAUNCH' with Iain Sloan, James Edwyn and Findlay Napier, The Glad Cafe, 24th Jan 2020. Photo Credit Graham Hill.
Album of the Week on:
BBC Radio Scotland's THE IAIN ANDERSON SHOW
BBC Radio Ulster's THE LATE SHOW WITH EVE BLAIR
CELTIC MUSIC RADIO
On the list for the 2020
PRAISE FOR THE ALBUM
"One of the best debut albums I have heard in years. Fabulous musicianship, powerful and thought provoking lyrics, all brought together with vocals that will give your heart quite a few tugs. Some of the most powerful and passionate lyrics I have heard in a long time...a delight from first track to the last" - FATEA
"Majestic - Lennon's vocals are tremendous. The songs stay with you for a long, long time after listening to the album" - MAVERICK
"You wouldn't know it was a debut album. Engaging and enthralling" - FOLKING.COM
"Gifted with a delicately beautiful voice, her sound embraces light soul, jazz and radio friendly pop"
- LONESOME HIGHWAY
"Assured debut album taking Americana somewhere new" - UK AMERICANA
"This is a sophisticated assured debut from a singer who delivers brooding classic beauty" -
NORTHERN SKY REVIEWS & TIME PASSED AND TIME PASSING
"A stunning collection of material" - COUNTRY MUSIC AND DANCE
"Despite only deciding to turn professional in 2018, Lennon has produced across-the-board plaudits for her self-titled album, from which the beguilingly beautiful 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' is taken. 'Next Friday Night' is a beautiful bittersweet love ballad that reflects her songwriting skills." - RnR MAGAZINE