Photo : Laura Sheeran
Eve Belle is a young singer, songwriter and chronicler of sorrows from deepest Donegal. Her songs and stories are imbued with an uncommon world-weariness seldom found in writers of such tender years.
In Eve Belle’s songs, someone is always leaving; or is about to be left. Her gaze is unblinking, she says: “I try to create emotional portraits of my own experiences through my lyrics. I think the best songs come from the most earnest emotions, so I try to put minimal filters between what I feel and what I say in the song.”
In 2016, One of Eve Belle’s early songs, the aptly-titled, achingly beautiful ‘Too Young To Feel This Old’ came to the attention of Irish independent label Rubyworks. Around the same time, her evocative cover of Coldplay’s ‘Violet Hill’ found favour with Chris Martin & Co., and was widely shared online.
On signing to Rubyworks, Eve worked with London-based producer Fred Cox, best known for his work with Billie Marten and Lion Babe, and Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost and Birdy fame. The first fruits of their studio labours is her new EP Things I Once Believed.
Eve says of the EP: “This is a collection of songs about various experiences that have shaped the last few years of my life, that I now view through a different lens and as a different person.”
Eve’s debut for Rubyworks collects her singles ‘Best Intentions’ and ‘Boy From The Blue’, plus her solo take on new track ‘First Impressions’ and two brand new songs.
Drawing on influences as diverse as Julien Baker, Cigarettes After Sex and Conor Oberst, Eve Belle has recently played live in Ireland with Hozier, Beth Orton, Frightened Rabbit, Wyvern Lingo and Rodrigo y Gabriela and enjoyed festival appearances at Electric Picnic, Indiependence and Sea Sessions.