Monday 11 December 2017

Sisters Roe in behind Patricia as she launches Eurosong bid

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Patricia Roe enlisted the help of her siblings Valerie Roe, Gillian Quinn and Bernie Caffolla to launch her 2014 Eurosong entry 'Don't Hold On'.

Valerie and Patricia used to perform together in band Roemance before Valerie joined UK group The Dooleys.

"It does feel a bit nostalgic. Growing up we always wanted to be like The Nolans but it didn't quite work out like that," Patricia said.

Patricia's emotional ballad is the favourite to head on to Eurovision, following the 2014 Eurosong contest which will take place on 'The Late Late Show' this Friday night.

"It's about heartbreak and I think everyone can relate to that. I know I certainly can," she said.

Roe is something of a Eurosong veteran having been placed runner-up to both Linda Martin and Niamh Kavanagh in 1992 and 1993.

Both Martin and Kavanagh went on to win the Eurovision with their emotionally charged power ballads, and Roe thinks we need to return to this style of song to revive our glory years.

"Ballads are what Ireland does best. We won the Eurovision when we went out with those high-octane songs.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it. We should play to our strengths," she said.

This year's Eurovision will be held in Denmark, with Ireland competing in the second semi-final on Thursday, May 8. The Eurovision final takes place on Saturday, May 10.

Irish Independent

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