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Evelyn's musical career started when as a teenager she sang and played around the pubs and clubs of Dublin with such well-known contemporaries as 'Tir Ná Nog' and Freddie White. While singing backing vocals for Sonny Condell of 'Tir Ná Nog' she once supported Kate and Anna McGarrigle on a rare Irish tour. " I loved the vocal harmonies of the McGarrigles and along with Joni Mitchell and Joan Armatrading they are among my early influences. Neil Young and Stephen Stills also really impressed me as did John Martyn, David Bowie, and Van Morrison of course." Although she diversified for a long time into a career as a fashion designer, Evelyn began to perform publicly again in 2008 when she created the band 'SOULONG SISTER' as a collaborative effort with a consortium of other female artists. Her song 'STRAW LOVE' was chosen for the finals of the Glinsk Song Contest in 2009 and was well received. Encouraged by the very positive response of audiences to her songs, Evelyn was inspired to develop her song-writing skills further. This process was helped greatly by the encouragement, support, and input provided by her core band members Garvan Gallagher and Stuart Crampton and says; "It's great to know that some people really believe in what you are doing as this helps to develop your own creative process". Evelyn believes that when a song is written it takes a life of its own and 'demands' to be performed. This creative and fruitful phase has resulted in her album 'OVERDUE REVIEW'.
Since 2003 Evelyn has studied extensively subjects such as Social Science, Politics, and Health and Community care, attaining an honours degree in Theology and Spirituality in 2010. The discipline of academia trains the mind to express thoughts in a concise and focused manner which Evelyn believes has really contributed to her song-writing. "For me the lyrics are at least as important as the melody. I'm not interested in nonsense songs," There is a deeply reflective side to Evelyn's work and some of the songs touch on personal yet universal emotional experiences.
"Whether the story is my own or someone else's, I try to bring an empathy to the topic I am developing into song. I believe we have a lot of common experiences and I hope the songs and words touch a chord with people from every walk of life."
While studying for her degree Evelyn went on 'work placement' to the Dochás Centre at Mountjoy Jail where she 'befriended' female prisoners and also briefly taught guitar lessons. One of her most memorable experiences was playing at the Christmas party there when over 100 prisoners, the wardens, and the Governors all joined her in a rendition of 'NO WOMAN NO CRY' by Bob Marley. Working with women in this environment, although challenging, was deeply rewarding and certainly influenced a number of songs from the album 'OVERDUE REVIEW'.
A further source of topics that influence Evelyn's songs concern social justice, political upheaval, and community awareness. Coming from the background of religious and political strife that forced her family to leave Belfast during the troubles, perhaps it is not surprising that Evelyn has a penchant for socio-political topics. " I don't set out to write 'issue' songs but when the topics inspire me the words seem to flow with the greatest of ease." The abuse scandals and economic crises that have rocked our society in recent years have provided ample material and Evelyn feels these have shaped her development as a social commentator.
"Some of my songs are about touchy subjects but these are stories that need to be told and captured for historical purposes. That is the tradition of Folk Music."