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Eve Conway is a Darlington singer-songwriter who will be looking back at 2019 with fond memories. She released her second single Vanilla Ocean, featured on the Noisy Daughter’s vinyl compilation, performed at BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend, Twisterella, Hardwick Live and BBC Introducing Live at Tobacco Dock, and last month she recorded a soon to be released live session at Maida Vale studios. On top of that, she will be taking over Darlington’s weekly live music night Soapbox Sessions on Sunday 8th December, where she will be headlining a line up she has programmed and includes the likes of rapper Leddie MC, alt-pop act Sylvie and acoustic/folk act Matty Allenby. With Eve being from a railway town, she is quite a keen train traveller and so gives us her top five railway journeys, along with a recommended song for each journey.

1. KGX – DAR – This is a train journey close to my heart, after studying there for 3 years, I knew once you had come through each tunnel and I had put on Whole of the Moon by the Waterboys you were on the home straight back to Darling Town. Not to mention the brief stops at some of the nation’s favourites; Peterborough, Newark North Gate and Northallerton, which when reached you could almost smell the £2.30 pints. 

2. NCL – EDB – Now this journey is what I would class as the most beautiful train journey in the UK (that I’ve experienced). It’s the part when you reach Berwick-upon-Tweed and you see the glimpse of the sea reminding us what a beautiful world we live in. Also when you cross the border and the train guard announces that we are now in Scotland and everyone around gives a little smile as they know they are about to see family, lovers or friends.  My song for this journey is Train to Brazil by Guillemots.

3. DAR – NCL – Now, this is a special one. I’ve done this as I love both Newcastle’s station but also love Durham station. What really makes me buzz is when you come into Durham and you see the cathedral, which (fun fact) my grandmother has sung in. It’s also in my top 3 fave places in the world. But moving forwards towards Newcastle and you pass the Millennium Bridge, The Sage and the tactile Tyne bridge creating a scenic and warm entrance into a fantastic city whilst listening to Millennial by Sam Fender.

4. DAR – MBR – If you’ve done this journey, you know my first point. The actual train. Not been updated for years so has a lush rustic feel which is the perfect start on a journey to the steel and iron town that is Middlesbrough. Now, most of my trips here are for gigs or the infamous Twisterella festival so it’s always full of many memories. Song for the journey is Mexico by Cattle & Cane

5. Now I don’t know if you would count this, but I feel obliged to put this here. It’s a tube line and it is my favourite tube line due to recent events. It is… the Bakerloo Line. People fight me on this, but I think it is the most well-thought line of all. It has every stop you could want whilst in LDN; Baker Street, Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus just to make a few. If you’re ever on a trip down there and have some free time, take a ride on the Bakerloo line, with its old school tubes and cracking line up of stops and put on Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright by Bob Dylan.

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