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Eve's Majesty now pop royalty

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A YOUNG Ulster band is fulfilling a dream - after being signed up to a lucrative record contract with one of the biggest companies in the world.

A YOUNG Ulster band is fulfilling a dream - after being signed up to a lucrative record contract with one of the biggest companies in the world.

Sunday Life can reveal that Tyrone group, Eve's Majesty, are aiming to be rock kings with a four-album deal with BMG.

The Strabane group are Chris Sharkey, Shawn McDermott, Matthew McGettigan, Stephen O'Doherty and Peter Doherty.

London-based executives flew into the province to snap the Strabane band up for the same label as Westlife and Avril Lavigne.

The five-piece were discovered by Ulster-based company, Mexico Management, led by ex-Adventures singer Terry Sharpe and local promoter Seamus O'Neill.

Eve's Majesty wowed audiences on a recent UK tour, supporting Indie rockers Kasabian.

A music industry insider revealed: "They have got a four-album worldwide deal with BMG, which is one of the best deals any band from Northern Ireland has landed in years. It's all the more remarkable, because they are all only about 18 or 19 years of age."

It's understood the band recently finished recording their debut album at a studio in Lifford, Co Donegal.

Local gig-goers may soon get the chance to hear the band, with speculation they are being lined up to support Kasabian at a possible pre-Christmas show, in Belfast's Limelight.

A BMG representative confirmed to Sunday Life that Eve's Majesty are "a very newly-signed band" to the company.

He said: "Our plans are very much for 2005. But we are already very excited about them, they are definitely one for us, and one to watch."

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