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Evelyn Campbell is a singer songwriter whose work is influenced and inspired by the struggles and issues of our contemporary society. Her family fled a troubled Belfast in the early 70's and headed South which may have sparked her interest in social commentary. As a teenager she played the Dublin folk circuit in places like Toners and The Baggot Inn with contemporaries such as Leo O'Kelly and Freddie White, and also sang backing vocals with Sonny Condell of Tir Na Nog. With a healthy career in fashion and a family to raise, music was sidelined for many years. Returning to the stage about eight years ago with 'Soulong Sister', good crowd reactions to her own songs encouraged Evelyn to write more and she has built an increasing repertoire of material.

Her first album OVERDUE REVIEW covers a diverse range of topics that mix socio-political commentary with reflective insights into the emotional merry-go-round we experience in our lives. The music does a bit of genre-jumping, mixing country and traditional influences such as blues with contemporary folk-rock that blend to keep the sound fresh and unique. The lyrics are poetic yet poignant and are the core of the work for Evelyn.

" My songs always seem to carry a message embedded in the lyrics. I don't deliberately set out to do that, it just seems to happen that way."

Tapping into personal experiences and relationships have contributed to many of the album's songs as in 'KNOW LOVE SONG' , 'STRAW LOVE', 'REMEMBER ME AS A FRIEND' , whereas 'FAMINE OF THE SOUL', 'GOMBEEN BLUES' and 'OCEAN OF TEARS' begin the journey towards expressing topics that perpetuate the mood, messages and stories of our times.

In the current climate of political and social unrest Evelyn has found an abundance of new stories needing to be captured in song. 'ROBBING PETER', 'COLD WIND BLOWING' and '2014 RISING' have all been heard on the campaign trails that challenge injustice and austerity. The air of change towards social justice and peace on Earth that is arising globally is being shaped in the hearts and minds of ordinary people. These songs are of the people and for the people.

With the advent of Ireland's commemorative year 2016 issues are addressed such as the absence of women from the narrative in 'FENIAN WOMENS BLUES" and the connection between the current struggle for social justice with the struggles that sparked the 1916 Rising in 'PATRIOTIC GAMES'. Completing the trilogy is the emotive 'NORTH KING STREET LAMENT'


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by Evelyn Campbell.

There are stories told of the days of old in the fight for independence
To relieve us of the British crown that controlled the Irish nation
Brave men fought, brave men died to declare our proclamation.
We know their names, their deeds acclaimed, those fenian men of the Rising.
You might be surprised to realise who else answered to the cause.
This is the Fenian womens blues, let's remember them all.

The Countess fought, Mary Devereux, Nellie Gifford fought, Lily Kempson fought,
Julia Grennan fought, Mol O'Reilly fought, Winnie Carney fought and Bridget Gough
The women and girls of Cumann Na mBan stood beside the Fenian men,
This is the Fenian Womens blues, let's remember them.

There is little known what the records show of their participation.
An integral part right from the start against the occupation.
But they were demonised and ostracised from a patriarchal sysytem,
Airbrushed out without a doubt from historical narration.
For their contribution to the liberation of the State
This is the Fenian Womens Blues, Let's remember their names.

Jennie Shanahan fought, Ms Connolly fought, Liz O'Farrell fought, Madeleine fought
The Norgroves fought, Helena fought, Rosie Hackett fought and Martha Walsh.
Miss Skinnider, Margaretta Keogh, Doctor Kathleen Lynn.
There were many more, this is their song, let's salute to them.

This is the Fenian Womens Blues, wait a minute there's more.

Let us not reduce this down to national salvation, for there was
Womens Rights and Workers rights and human depravation.
Amidst all of the mayhem was the war of social classes
And the women were engaged in education of the masses.
Time to resurrect them, breath life back in to their aims.
This is the Fenian Womens Blues, let's remember their names.

Maud Gonne taught, Delia Larkin taught, Hannah Skeffington taught, Molly Childers taught, Mary Spring Rice taught and Kathleen Clarke, raising us up from the dark.
In struggles for democracy they championed the cause.
This is the Fenian Womens Blues, let's acknowledge them all,
Let's acknowledge them all, let's acknowledge them all