One for the ‘Girls’

The talented singer-songwriter and Fresh on the Net favourite returns with new single ‘Girls’

The past three years have seen Derry-born Roisin Donald’s career go from strength to strength. Better known to most as ROE, the now twenty-year old multi-instrumentalist is currently riding the crest of a wave, as she floats from one high-profile support gig to the next, shoring up the likes of Kodaline, The Coronas, and legendary rock-group and fellow Nordies, Snow Patrol.  

Now fresh from her first sold-out headline tour and a stint at Camden Rocks Fest last week, the multi-talented fast-rising talent has just released her second single of 2019. The follow up to the hugely-successful ‘Down Days’, which racked up over 50k streams on Spotify alone, ‘Girls’ is already showing signs of being another hit having received airplay from radio big-hitters at BBC Radio 1, RTE 2FM, and Today FM. 

Although her sound is as genre-elusive as ever, Roe’s latest release has something of a mid-Atlantic feel to it. ‘Girls’ sees Roe dabble with various sound textures, layering lines of soft pop melodies with the richer R&B beats more readily associated with acts like Sigrid and Maisie Peters. The result of this musical wardrobe update is a more funked-up twist on her trademark tuneful indie-folkpop. 

Nailing ebb and flow with pin-point accuracy, Roe ever-compelling vocal is in perfect sync with the song’s changing tides, leading it from stark minimalism to the fuller, more immersive 3D sound of the chorus. With a maturing edge to her tone, Roe wields nuance like a pro, using it to get her message across with maximum effect.  

A natural storyteller, Roe has been penning songs since childhood. Mixing keen observations from the ‘front seat’ with her own narrative, Roe’s take on often taboo subjects puts her right up there with fellow sharp songsmiths like Sam Fender. 

A song for ‘every-girl’“Girls is about changing the goalposts on social expectations and accepting yourself for who you are no matter what flawless content you see online.” It’s a call to action to celebrate those so-called imperfections which in fact make us unique. 

Gently dipping its toes in mainstream, this perfectly choregraphed pop-gem enriched with R&B sensibilities, is possibly the crossover track we’ve been waiting for from Roe.

You can check out Roe’s upcoming live dates listed below whilst listening to her new single ‘Girls’ here.

Roe’s Upcoming Summer Live Dates 


15 – Belfast, Other Voices Live, w/Snow Patrol & The Academic 

18 – London, Camden Assembly, w/Yoke Lore 

21 – Body & Soul Festival 

29 – Cornwall, Eden Sessions, w/Snow Patrol*** 

July & August 

27 – Portrush, Coaster Festival 

03 – Cork, Indiependence Festival 

04 – Birmingham, 110 Above Festival 

17 – Limavady, Stendhal Festival 

18 – Stockton, Hardwick Live 


Devotee of Music, Books, Art, Fashion & all things cultural. Keen interest in IT/Social media. Currently trying to plug musical gaps. With a special fondess for Nordic music, Derv has written for The Monitors, Ja Ja Ja and The 405, and blogs at DervSwerve.


  1. Great talent, great review. Listening to Roe is alike to the spontaneous feeling that everything will go well and fall into place the one way or the other – making me smile.

  2. great discovery for me. Thanks Derval…

  3. Just saw this. Really interesting article about a really talented artist. Thanks.

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