From Other Voices to the USA

ONE TO WATCH... Rebecca Harkin will play Derry's Grand Central Bar this Friday night at 7pm. (50213JC3)

ONE TO WATCH... Rebecca Harkin will play Derry's Grand Central Bar this Friday night at 7pm. (50213JC3)

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They say music is in the blood, and that’s certainly true for local woman Rebecca Harkin - sister of US popstar Keith Harkin - who will perform live in the Grand Central Bar this Friday at 7pm as part of Other Voices’ Music Trail.

The talented 21 year-old singer-songwriter has already amassed quite a following since embarking upon her own musical career some years back.

Having grown up surrounded by music, it seems only natural that Rebecca would seek a career in the industry.

In recent times, she has played US television, BBC Radio and met the likes of US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Now she’ll play the Music Trail of Other Voices this weekend.

“I can’t wait to perform for the Other Voices festival,” Rebecca told the ‘Journal’ this week. “After watching some of my favourite artists perform at it like Amy Winehouse and Richard Hawley, I’m delighted to be given the chance to perform at the same event!”

The former Thornhill College student was classically trained in voice at the MacCafferty School of Music before setting off for Dublin, where she studied voice at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

In the next few months Rebecca will perform all over Ireland, including Whelan’s in Dublin and various festivals, before jetting off to the United States to play support act on her older brother’s extensive US tour.

Keith, of course, has stormed America since signing to Verve Music with his solo album, not to mention recently being voted Derry’s Cultural Icon!

Despite these dizzy heights, Rebecca remains level-headed and humble about her own blossoming career in the music industry.

“I’m really looking forward to travelling and doing the support act for my big brother Keith around the States,” she admits.

“This year I performed on PBS Television as a solo artist too in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was a show Keith and myself did in the TV studio with a live audience, with a meet and greet session after. It was great craic just as if we were at home playing, having a laugh and improvising as we went along! We actually walked on and said “so what will we sing,” ha-ha, but those always turn out to be the best gigs and thankfully it went down a storm!”

Describing her own sound, Rebecca reveals influences from a young Joni Mitchell, Billy Holliday and Stevie Nicks.

“Now I’m recording my own album under Busty Music Record Label, produced by Keith, which I hope will be released at the end of this year.”

In the meantime, Rebecca is eager to play this weekend’s festival.

“I’m delighted to see Other Voices in Derry this year,” she says. “It’s one of many brilliant events hitting the city this year with huge platforms for young artists like myself. Only good can come from such big events and the people of Derry deserve to show what were all about!”

As part of Other Voices’ Music Trail, Rebecca Harkin will play the Grand Central Bar on Strand Road this Friday, February 8, at 7pm. Don’t miss it!

See this Friday’s ‘Journal’ for a full local line-up of the city’s Music Trail...

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