Talented teenager Eve aims to show she’s made of the write stuff

HOPING TO WIN ... singer-songwriter Eve Simpson, who is one of the incredible talents in this year's Young Performer of the Year competition.
HOPING TO WIN ... singer-songwriter Eve Simpson, who is one of the incredible talents in this year's Young Performer of the Year competition.

TEENAGE talent Eve Simpson is hoping her skills as a songwriter will help her lift an award.

The 16-year-old from South Shields has been composing tunes for three years and now she’s less than a week away from sharing her work with the Best of South Tyneside Young Performer audience.

The type of music that I love to play and write is folk and singer/songwriter - some influences are Joni Mitchell, Tom Odell and Hudson Taylor.

Eve Simpson

The Young Performer competition, sponsored by Port of Tyne, will be held on Monday, April 27, at the Customs House in South Shields.

Eve told the Gazette: “I write my own songs and sing, play the piano, guitar and the banjo.

“The type of music that I love to play and write is folk and singer/songwriter – some influences are Joni Mitchell, Tom Odell and Hudson Taylor.”

Eve already has some memorable musical occasions behind her.

She explained she had supported Grammy-nominated, Nashville singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman at The Sage Gateshead as part of a songwriting contest.

She has also won Sunderland Live and “got the opportunity to open Houghton Feast as part of a songwriting contest judged by Frankie and the Heartstrings”.

Eve is “looking forward to performing for the Young Performer of the Year Award.”

The category, sponsored by Port of Tyne, will feature a number of outstanding talents. We will be highlighting more of them in the coming days.

Readers can book up for tickets to see them all in action at the Customs House in South Shields on Monday, April 27, from 7pm.

Tickets are on sale at £7 or £6 with concessions.

n For tickets and details, contact the box office on (0191) 454 1234.

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