Eileen Boyd

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Tributes |

WHO IS SHE

A Community Project to honour women who have enriched our lives

The Ban Righ Centre supports mature women who are starting or returning to education at Queen’s University. In taking this significant step, these women found role models, advocates and inspiration in other women. Then, as they engage in their studies and in their activities beyond Queen’s with friends, family, peers and colleagues, these students effect continual and positive change, extending the reach of their mentors and the Ban Righ Centre. Through “Who Is She?” we honour women who make a difference.

Eileen Boyd

Honoured by: Liona Boyd

My mother is my support system, the woman who has played the biggest role in my career as a classical guitarist and now singer/songwriter. She taught me nursery rhymes and to love and write poetry. She persuaded my father to buy a cheap souvenir while on holiday in Spain…a guitar…and arranged for my first guitar lessons. My mother taught me to read music and play my first instrument, the treble recorder. She took me to my first guitar concert by Julian Bream, the evening that changed my life

My mother helped inspire my spirit of adventure and encouraged me to travel and discover the world on my own without fear and she accompanied me on concert tours of Japan, India, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Nepal, Trinidad, and Cuba where she shared my adventures.

My mother taught herself Spanish and earned a Bachelors degree in Spanish literature while in her 50’s. She designed and sewed my clothes from my first bikini to many concert gowns; helped me write my first teenage love letter and shared with me her romantic experiences in wartime England; typed and helped to edit my autobiography before I’d learned to type; assisted me in many recording studios; and researched for me in libraries before Google existed. She runs my record label and has done my production company book keeping for 32 years.

These are but some of the reasons I look up to my wonderful and unique mother and consider her my best friend, confidante and mentor.