Winner of ‘Best Emerging Artist’ at the 2018 Northern Ireland Music Prize, ROE is 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Derry (Ireland), Roisin Donald. Laying down her unique brand of self-styled “Grumpy Electro-Pop”, she has been blazing a trail for young female indie artists across Ireland, UK, Europe and beyond.
Releasing independently through hometown label Fictive Kin Records, and with support from Help Musicians NI, ROE has already performed on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury, been the voice of a UK wide advertising campaign to promote her hometown of Derry and most recently had her music used as part of a TV and radio campaign for BBC Music NI, ITV’s ‘The Only Way is Essex’, Channel 4’s ‘Made in Chelsea’ and Netflix’s ‘Terrace House’.
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. With performances at The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, M for Montreal, Other Voices, Live at Leeds, Eurosonic and Primavera, 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 2017, and supporting Snow Patrol on their 2019 UK arena tour, ROE is carving out her own path, on her terms.
After playing shows on three continents in six weeks at the end of 2018, ROE kicks off 2019 supporting Snow Patrol on their arena tour around the UK, plays her first ever Irish headline shows in February before heading to Austin, Texas to perform at the world famous SXSW festival in March.
“The Irish Sigrid!” Tracey Clifford, RTE2FM
“Delicious pop music, it's infectious and charming in all the right places.”
“Sassy, streetwise pop with a voice that's reminiscent of Florence Welch” Hot Press Magazine
“A genre-defying, acerbic yet also jubilant gem of a song from an extraordinary artist.” Gary Lightbody, Snow Patrol