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evesimpson.jpg Local: Eve Simpson
 

Eve Simpson is a 17-year-old singer/songwriter from South Shields who says her greatest achievement to date is reaching the height of 5ft 2 & ½.

I’d argue that Eve Simpson’s greatest achievement so far is making me sniffle back a tear when playing her new single, Shelter, for the umpteenth time. A chorus of “I want to shelter you / Every moment / And every Sunday afternoon” might not sound like the most poetic of lyrics, but the beauty of great music is when it marries simple, universal sentiments, with vaulting vocals and a beautiful melody to achieve such moving results. And Eve Simpson has a voice as pure as a mountain stream, and boy can she write. She heightens emotion and you can’t help feel swept along by it. Shelter is the lead song on her debut EP that features four tracks that really showcase her rare talent, a talent, I’m pleased to say, that also includes a social consciousness (“Some call it austerity, but all I see is poverty”) and feminist credentials (see: A Woman’s Work). Simpson has already played Evolution Emerging, won The Best of South Tyneside’s Young Performer of the Year in 2015, and made up 1/6 of Superfolkus, who have been going down a storm when playing with Kathryn Tickell. She’s launching her EP at Tynemouth’s lovely Surf Café on Friday 25 November (7pm, £5), so do yourself a favour and check out this gig which I imagine will be of the heart-stopping variety.

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