- 10 Feb 23
One of the brightest of the new breed of talent emerging from Derry, Reevah has been hotly tipped by Hot Press since 2020. With a headline show set for Whelan's in Dublin in April, we can expect serious progress this year from the rising star...
Derry-based alt-pop artist Reevah has announced a Dublin headline show. The gig – her first headliner in the capital since the release of the single 'Call Me Up' – will take place Upstairs at Whelan's, on Friday 7 April, 2023.
One of the brightest newcomers of the past few years, Reevah began a new chapter with her single 'Call Me Up', released in October 2022 – its 80s indie-rock feel setting the mood for more releases in 2023. Through her songs, Reevah, real name Aoife Boyle, shares everyday experiences and emotions, with the aim of empowering people who are undergoing similar things. For Reevah, being a mother of two, it’s also about affirming that motherhood should not be a barrier to prospering as an artist.
“This track," she explains, "is about female empowerment. The power of women, smashing the patriarchy, changing societal norms and non-conformity."
Reevah was among the artists featured in Rave On, Van Morrison – the YouTube spectacular curated by Hot Press, to mark Van's 75th birthday in August 2020 – performing 'Ballerina', a song from the Belfast cowboy's epic Astral Weeks album. Reevah also appeared as part of the Hot Press Y&E Series, winning new fans with a solo set, delivered to the Hot Press Instagram Live audience.
Reevah has recently been signed by Bloom Records, a new imprint from Dublin's Faction Records led by BBC Introducing & Across The Line presenter Aine Cronin–McCartney.
The hope is that Reevah’s new sound – to be unveiled Upstairs at Whelan's – will broaden her audience even further.
While Aoife is the voice, the face and the leader of Reevah, this is no one-woman show, but rather a collaboration with her live drummer Brian Doherty and producer Matt Weir.
“We’re on the same path sonically, so that’s really exciting," she says. "We’re trying to pick it up and let people know what the potential of Reevah is, especially as a live act.
"We’ve had some great things happen at home,” she adds, referring, among other things, to a Northern Ireland Music Prize nomination for Best Single; significant RTÉ Radio One airplay; and shows supporting The Coronas and SOAK, “but we’re definitely looking to expand that further.
“I feel like this is just the beginning for Reevah. It feels like a fresh start, a new chapter. We’re finding out what Reevah is about, and I know there’s plenty more to come.”
Reevah was named as a Hot Press 'Hot for 2020' artist and she hasn't slowed down since. Her Upstairs at Whelan's show promises to be something special...
Ticket details on https://www.whelanslive.com/event/reevah/