Derry singer-songwriter Reevah talks about balancing her music career with being a mom
Derry singer-songwriter Reevah is the coolest mom in school.
there aren’t many kids who can say that the mom who made her lunch, ironed her shirt and washed her PE gear is a successful artist who just released her third EP and is working on a first album.
âI get asked (on the school run) when we play again or release a new album. That’s good, people obviously pick up stuff on social media and so on.â
Their house is filled with music.
“They’re used to it now!” said the 29-year-old mother of two. “It’s what I do, it’s my job and for them it’s the most natural thing in the world. There is always music in the house, instruments here and there.”
She said both children had an ear for music, especially guitar and piano.
“The youngest will definitely be a singer.”
Mom set the bar very high – five years on the road has seen the project grow to the point where she is now one of the nation’s most important indie-pop artists.
For clarity, Reevah is the person, not the group.
“Yes, on stage I say I’m Reevah and it’s my band, it’s a project that has been evolving for about five years. At first it was like a hobby, but for the last two years and a half, it has become more important. ”
The group marked the start of the first lockdown with the release of Different Light in April of last year which released the single You Said Tell Me.
âIt was weird to release music during the lockdown, but it was really well received with great feedback.â
When the restrictions were relaxed, she and the Ringed went to the beekeepers’ residence in Co Clare where they reassessed their catalog.
This led to the reproduction of older tracks.
“It was something we wanted to do before we concentrated on recording the new album.”
In the meantime, fans can get a taste of what’s to come with Begin Again, his third EP released earlier this month.
âBegin Again is significant in that it represents the constantly adapting sound of Reevah. It was brought to light after a trip to beekeepers in the Burren Co Clare.
“I thought it was a good time to come back to those songs and adapt them in a way that represents my music and the direction it is growing and moving all the time.”
The next step is to hit the road again. Reevah returned to the stage at the Stendahl this summer and they are looking forward to New Years concerts in Derry, Belfast and Dublin.
“We had planned a UK tour which we had to cancel, it would be great to come back to London and the continent, we are all just relieved that the performances of life are back.”
Start Again is available now.
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