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ree-ally good Derry singer Reevah tells how she balances music career and being a mum

Reevah is now one of the Ireland's foremost indie-pop artists

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Reevah has just released her third EP

Reevah has just released her third EP

Reevah has just released her third EP

Derry singer-songwriter Reevah is the coolest mum on the school run.

There aren't too many kids who can say the mum who packed their lunch, ironed their shirt and washed their PE gear is a successful recording artist who has just released her third EP and is working on a debut album.

"I do get asked (on the school run) when we're performing again or releasing a new record. It's nice, people obviously pick stuff up on social media and so on."

Theirs is a house filled with music.

"They're well used to it now!" said the 29-year-old mother of two. "It's what I do, it's my job and to them it's the most natural thing in the world. There's always music in the house, instruments here and there."

She said both children had an ear for music, particularly guitar and piano.

"The youngest is definitely going to be a singer."

Mum has set the bar high - five years on the road has seen the project evolve to the point now where she is one of the country's foremost indie-pop artists.

For the purposes of clarity Reevah is the person, not the band.

"Yeah, on stage I say I'm Reevah and this is my band, it's a project that has been evolving for about five years. In the early years it was like a hobby, but in the last two and a half years it became a much more important one.''

The band marked the start of the first lockdown with the release of Different Light in April last year from which came the single You Said Tell Me.

"It was strange releasing music during lockdown but it was really well received with some great feedback."

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When restrictions were eased she and the banded headed to the Beekeepers Residence in Co Clare where they re-evaluated her back catalogue.

It led to older tracks being reproduced.

"It was something we want to do before we set our sights on recording he new album."

In the meantime fans can get a taste of what's to come with Begin Again, her third EP which was released earlier this month.

"Begin Again is significant in that it represents the ever-adapting sound of Reevah. It was brought to light after a trip to the Beekeepers in the Burren, Co Clare.

"I thought it was the right time to return to these tracks and adapt them in a way that represents my music and the direction it is ever growing and moving toward."

The next step is getting back on the road. Reevah returned to the stage at this summer's Stendahl and they're looking forward to New Year gigs in Derry, Belfast and Dublin.

"We had a UK tour scheduled which we had to cancel, it would be great to back to London and the mainland, we're just all relieved that life performances are back."

Begin Again is available now.

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