Interview with Eva Stone, May 2012
Evolution Emerging returns to the Ouseburn Valley on the 1st June and once again promises to be a fantastic day of live music, showcasing the very best in emerging north east talent. This year’s event will see 25 bands/solo artists play across the Ouseburn’s best drinking holes including The Cluny/Cluny 2, The Cumberland Arms, The Tyne, The Star & Shadow, Blank Studios and The Tanners. I recently caught up with Eva Stone who will play Cluny 2 and the Polite Room at Blank Studios on June 1st.
Eva Stone has been difficult to pin down recently. At the beginning of May she was unexpectedly called upon by guitar ‘tapper’ Newton Faulkner to support him at Newcastle’s Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre on the 8th. She then found herself playing three further shows across the country for the dreadlocked maestro. “Overwhelming, but excellent” in Eva’s words yet as she pointed out when I finally caught up with her at the end of last week, “the last few months have just been utterly, utterly mental!”
Things really started to happen for Eva back in November when she played Sunderland’s Ivy House for Spark FM and then subsequently did a live show on the radio. Recording her demo with local songwriter and producer Morris Ford has also helped to raise her profile dramatically. She has subsequently played at all of the region’s major venues including The Cluny, where after her show there at the end of January, a local promoter commented “it’s clear after tonight that Eva is ready for a bigger stage.”
In writing this I’m actually completing the ‘holy trinity’ of emerging female folk singers in the North East, after previously covering ‘This Little Bird (Beccy Young) and Natasha Haws – all three of which are starting to get a lot of attention. As Eva points out though there is a whole host of “massively talented” musicians coming out of the North East at the moment. “There’s so much help and support, I think everyone is doing all they can to provide musicians with avenues at the moment.” Eva is particularly grateful to North East Music Agency ‘Generator’ with whom she is completing a music training course, aimed at helping musicians improve both their musical skills but also promotional and technical strengths too. “Personally they’ve been excellent with me.”
Live Eva plays an acoustic guitar and is renowned her for exceptional vocal talents. She first started to sing when she was very young and playing regular gigs has helped her voice develop enormously over the last year. “Massively influenced” by Eva Cassidy, one the real highlights of Eva’s set is hearing her sing an A Cappella cover of the folk song Wayfaring Stranger. As a guitarist she has always admired the likes of Chuck Berry and Eric Clapton and vows to this day that she will learn Thunderstuck by AC/DC – “I still can’t play it!”
Eva is one to watch over the next few years and you should definitely take the opportunity to catch her play in the intimate setting of Cluny 2 on June 1st. To see her in such a small venue might be a rarity in the not too distant future.