Elva hails from Youghal, Co. Cork and from her early beginnings studying piano, guitar and voice, she went on to study music in UCC and continued her studies in UL in music education. She studied voice under the renowned tenor Robert Craig in The Cork School of Music and also studied in the DIT Conservatory of Music.
Elva moved to Dublin where she now resides and is endeavouring to carve out a career in singing. Although she has a background in classical training, she also fell in love with the folk, traditional, jazz and blues scene in Dublin and has been busy collaborating with her current stellar ensemble of guitar (Drazen Derek), violin (Sarah Lynch), trumpet (Bill Blackmore) and double bass (Dave Fleming). She has since blended her knowledge of vocal performance with her love of old timey songs and traditional acoustic accompaniments.
Elva’s recent collaboration with Fiddler of Dooney champion Donall Donnelly on his second album ‘Tremolo’ has been aired frequently on RTE Radio and BBC Ulster Radio.
The acclaimed contemporary traditional album contains one song in which Elva combines her knowledge of classical technique with her love of traditional folk music. This is the essence of her style and she continues to interpret old and unique folk songs from Ireland and beyond in a faithful yet personal and emotive manner.
Elva has been accompanied by highly regarded musicians in the traditional, classical and jazz music scene such as guitarists Sean Whelan and Donncha Moynihan, Flute players Brian Dunning and Karl Nesbitt, Donall Donnelly’s contemporary traditional band ‘Tremolo’,and has also shared the stage with the well-loved balladeer Niamh Parsons.
Elva’s repertoire is both fresh and original drawn from a love of diverse musical traditions which have enchanted discerning audiences since the beginning of her singing career.