Rising artist ROE (aka Roisin Donald) is set to release her much anticipated second EP at a special outdoor show in Bennigans, Derry on Saturday 17th June. The launch gig precedes her appearance at this year’s Glastonbury festival on the BBC Introducing stage by less than a week. Joining her at the launch showwill be Derry natives, The Wood Burning Savages and Belfast troubadour, Sam Wickens. All three of the artists were co-recipients of Help Musician’s 3:3 funding and development scheme earlier this year.
Despite her youth, 2017 has been an exciting year for the 18 year old artist. Kicking off with the release of ‘Fake ur Death’.
Since then, ROE has gone on to become the voice of the ‘Visit Derry’ tourism campaign, with her music being featured in an international TV advert to promote the city. ‘Fake ur Death’ was recently used as the music bed for part of Harp’s ‘Pure Here’ campaign and ‘Cheek, Boy’ was on an episode of ITV’s ‘The Only Way is Essex’.
With performances at Output (Belfast) and The Great Escape music showcase (Brighton) already under her belt, ROE has been moving from strength to strength with increasing momentum. Selected as one of 21 acts from around the UK (the only Northern Irish artist) to perform on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury, the future looks incredibly bright for ROE.
ROE explains; “The story of this EP is about love and loss. There’s a lot of different stages you go through when you miss somebody and I wanted to portray some of those different feelings in these songs. ‘Fake Ur Death’ is about longing, ‘Cheek, Boy’ is about the reassurance that life goes on no matter what and ‘Etc Etc’ is about the sick loneliness that sometimes hits you. ‘You Call it Art’ is about connections being broken, and the realisation that it’s not the end of the world when they do.”