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Singer and songwriter Eve Simpson has forged her way over the last year to being one of the freshest emerging stars of the North East music scene. Now, she gives us five reasons why the North East needs even more singer songwriters. Over to you Eve…

The North East is no longer a place saturated by ‘No’. 
We are now able to create our own opportunities. Whilst the region remains neglected in terms of investment and infrastructure, something of a scene is developing. A scene capable of using those resources which expose us to the world, helping to promote our own sentiments and culture. Maybe it is decades of neglect that have crafted a generation of resilience; maybe I am delusional, nothing but a hopeless revolutionary; yet, folk sessions reign strong in the heart of Newcastle; buskers nights hail successful in the towns either side of both the Tyne and the Wear; songwriting groups are, slowly, starting to find their feet. And, with the evidential popularity decline of the ‘X Factor phenomenon’, original music is gaining more and more respect. We are creating our own platforms to amplify those songs that used to stay hidden in our bedrooms; we’re learning that if we do not say what we believe, no one will listen. Enough: the North East requires to be heard. Why? Because we have too much to say. 

Because going it alone doesn’t mean going it alone at all. 
Attached to the concept of ‘Singer/Songwriter’ is a sense of solitary confinement. A lonely craft of submersing oneself in ones own feelings. But in reality, Singer/Songwriters are blessed with the power to decide when they want to be involved in collaborative projects, and when they want to write alone. The recording/producing process is rarely an isolated journey; but, the beauty of being a Singer/Songwriter guarantees that if such a journey needs to be one of isolation to reach the desired outcome, it can be. And no one will question you. 

Because we’re not just three-chord songs. Even though they’re great too. 

  • Life on Mars (David Bowie) 
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (Freddie Mercury) 
  • Wuthering Heights (Kate Bush) 

 Need any more be said? 

Because the 13-year-old local lass might have something worthwhile to say. 
Growing up in South Shields, I tried out some of the first songs I ever wrote in pubs and local buskers/open mic nights. Although I was surrounded by locals who loved an indie band banging out the classic covers on a Friday night (who doesn’t?), if it wasn’t for those individuals who turned around and listened to my first, initial ramblings, offering words of encouragement, I probably would have spent more time at the houses of my friends rather than writing songs. Some of the greatest philosophical questions and debates of all time occur in pubs, unbeknown to the academics pondering over the same questions. Some of the greatest lyrics can be heard at buskers nights. Some of the greatest riffs can be discovered at sessions. A place of informality gives root to the greatest art of all time. 

Because writing reminds us of who we are and where we come from. 
Wether it be a ‘Ha’way’ or a ‘Ho’way’, writing reflects what we feel. It is the best way to connect with the places and people that make us; the people that make up these places we call home. 

Eve Simpson plays Think Tank Underground on Friday 29th December.

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