Eileen Laverty

Soft and sensitive ballads delivered with such grace and passion that leather-clad bikers are compelled to arm themselves with candles and head straight for the bathtub. 

Eileen Laverty loves an adventure.

Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Eileen’s family emigrated to Canada when she was six and, while she calls herself a Prairie girl, her Irish roots run deep. With the heart of a storyteller and a poet, her “deeply intimate and stirring vocals and her slightly Celtic-influenced songwriting” (Heather Kitching, Folk Roots Canada) leave you with a sense of hope.

Eileen musical adventures began with a traditional Celtic band in her hometown of Saskatoon. It wasn’t long before she set out on her own, performing solo in folk clubs and taverns with a setlist of Irish ballads, a few pop covers, and a clutch of original songs.

Over the past two decades, Laverty has entertained audiences of all ages, as a solo performer and with her band. Eileen’s track record includes several songwriting accolades and numerous radio and television appearances. A look at the acts she has supported will underscore her universal appeal: the late country legend Kenny Rogers, rocker Tom Cochrane, Irish star Mary Black, Canadian Tenor John McDermott, and folk icon Ian Tyson.

More recently, Eileen has been focused on a few special collaborative projects, including debuting new music with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and performing with the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra. She wrote music for Daniel MacDonald’s new play (Blow Wind), and then took a leave from her teaching career to perform in the premiere run!In early 2019 Eileen released “Close to Home,” a song commissioned in support of the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation’s hospice campaign, and in 2020 released “The River” inspired by her adventures paddling in Northern Saskatchewan.

This past spring Eileen was invited to perform a number of online concerts, including John McDermott’s shows (George Canyon, Alan Doyle, Shari Ulrich, Larry Gowan and others) and the SSO’s show in March which was live-streamed and viewed in five countries! “[It’s] her natural ability to speak honestly through her songs, you can’t help but love the experience,” wrote Mark Turner, SSO Executive Director.

Eileen is also a dedicated teacher and coach, and a lifelong fan of The Beautiful Game--still playing when her schedule permits. She loves the outdoors. and many of her songs were composed in and around the northern forests and rivers of Saskatchewan.

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