Edwina Van Kuyk is a Limerick born Irish/Dutch singer songwriter and artist. As like most Irish musicians, she is an alumni of the famous BIMM college in Dublin and has learned to use her love of storytelling and her soulful vocals to create performances that are both original and captivating. She is no stranger to the Irish music scene and previously performed as a backing vocalist for Dublin grunge/disco band Munky. From this, she decided to branch out into her own solo work and since going solo, she has performed with Scott Williamson and Little Hours!
She has previously played a number of Irish music venues such as Whelans, The Button Factory and The Ruby Sessions and was named ‘best newcomer’ by The Circle Sessions. Not only this but Edwina has also gigged at big Irish festivals such as Electric Picnic, Knockanstockan and Longitude. Most impressively, all of this has been done before she has even released her debut single!
Edwina’s debut single ‘Hurt For Me’ was released on the 30th of October and is best described as a pop soul acoustic track. It came to life during the lockdown period of the Corona Virus pandemic and was recorded in a collaborative process between Ireland, New Zealand and the UK.
‘Hurt For Me’ is an impressive release for Edwina’s debut single! Her voice is soulful and genuine and it’s clear to see why she’s already played such prestigious venues across Ireland as well as supporting some amazing Irish artists. The song is full of raw emotion, with lyrics such as “Why won’t you just call me, I just need somebody” and “All I need is your friendship, To call me when the pain hits, Nothing has hurt for me like this”. The final verse of this song is Edwina repeating over and over how “Nothings ever hurt for me like this.” and it’s clear to see the pain she’s feeling emanating from this track.
The composition of the song is very simple but anything more than this would have spoiled things. Sometimes, simple is better and this is one song that echoes that sentiment. The song uses only a piano and cello, accompanied by Edwina’s soulful voice and the minimalistic approach to this release really adds to how stunning it actually is.
Edwina chose to donate 50% of the proceeds from this single to MASI (The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland), so as with all charity releases, I strongly urge you to give this track a listen! Not only will you be supporting a new and upcoming artist with her debut release but you’ll also be doing your bit for a brilliant charity that definitely needs more help.
You can listen to ‘Hurt For Me’ right here on Spotify!