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Battery Park Records, the student run record label based in Mareel, is geared up for its third online release. Eve Maguire, a Shetland based singer-songwriter, has released her new track called “Bonfire” which is now available on Battery Park’s Bandcamp page for 80p at

The recording will be launched at the Student Concert at Mareel on 27th May where Eve will be performing the song. The first 20 audience members through the door will receive a free download code.

Eve Maguire started playing when she was 16 years old. She was brought up in a musical household listening to bands such as Oasis, Kate Bush and Arctic Monkeys. Her favourite musicians: Ben Howard, Daughter and Kate Rusby, have been influential on her musical technique. Hence her style incorporates characteristics from the folk/indie genre which has led to Eve‘s distinctive singing style and accomplished fingerpicking technique.

Eve describes the intimate acoustic track as a “feel good song about the summer. It was actually one of the first songs I ever wrote. I’d just finished an English exam so it’s full of metaphors, similes and alliteration. I forgot about the song and was looking through my old songwriting notebook recently when I rediscovered it.”

Rob Saether, a fellow music student at Mareel said, “It’s a beautifully subtle song that becomes richer and more lively as it continues.”

The track  not only features Eve on rhythm guitar and lead vocals but also other students from the HNC class. Featuring: Lee Irvine on lead guitar, Shona Miller on backing vocals, Shaun Alderman on mandolin, Loris McDonald on accordion and William McCover on bass.

Eve stated, “I’m so pleased with how the song turned out. Recording it took a lot of time and effort, especially the mixing and mastering of it, it wasn’t how I expected it to sound but that’s not a bad thing.”

As part of the Shetland College HNC Music course delivered by Shetland Arts in Mareel students undertake a creative project which includes recording and promoting local musicians and distributing their music through the Battery Park label. Already on Bandcamp is the student's’ first launch “An Explosion of Dirty Rhythm” by the Wind-Up Projectiles and Lisa Johnson’s “Denied” EP. All profits made from the recordings are reinvested into the artists and the record label.

HNC music student, Innis Johnston, commented on the project “It is a great way to help local artists get their name out to a wider audience within and outside Shetland. It is also a good learning experience for us as it gives us a taste of how to run a business professionally.”

For more information contact: 01595 743 843 / 07437 619 102 Mareel, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0DE Facebook -

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