Derry, County Derry
ROE is the moniker of 18-year-old grumpy multi-instrumentalist from Derry, Roisin Donald. A songwriter at heart, with pop hooks surrounded by lush synths and big drum machines, ROE describes her music as 'Grumpy Electro Pop’, and only a year into her song-writing career has already earned herself a slot at the legendary Glastonbury Festival, performing on the BBC Introducing stage.
In March of 2017 ROE was announced as one of the picks for Help Musicians UKs new Northern Ireland scheme: “3:3, three bands in three years”. The scheme will see a funded programme of development and support for ROE and her team over the next few years to help build and maintain a sustainable career in the industry. Since then, ROE has gone on to become the voice of the ‘Visit Derry’ tourism campaign, with her music being featured in an international TV advert to promote the city. ‘Fake Ur Death’ was recently used as the music bed for part of Harp’s ‘Pure Here’ campaign, ‘Cheek, Boy’ was on an episode of ITV’s ‘The Only Way is Essex' and ‘Playground Fights’ was featured in an episode of this seasons Made in Chelsea.
With performances at Output (Belfast), The Great Escape (Brighton), Reeperbahn (Hamburg), M for Montreal (Montreal), Hard Working Class Heroes (Dublin) and Other Voices (Dingle), as well as a debut UK tour already under her belt, ROE has been moving from strength to strength with increasing momentum. Selected as one of 21 acts from around the UK (the only Northern Irish artist) to perform on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury, and with recent performances at the Eurosonic festival and Whelans Ones To Watch in January, the future looks incredibly bright for ROE.
ROE released her new single ‘Wasted.Patient.Thinking.’ on 26th January on Fictive Kin Records, and after being picked up on a number of New Music Friday playlists, gained 13,000 stream on Spotify on the first day of its release.