Schoolfriends Mollie McGinn and Orlaith Forsythe expressed their love for the leading ladies of classic rock in the streets of Belfast. They sang the songs of Debbie Harry, Carole King and Stevie Nicks with great panache, as well as other seventies greats like Jimi Hendrix and Van Morrison. Their instruments – two electric guitars – quickly started to feel restrictive. Mamie, Mollie’s younger sister, was recruited as drummer. It was now time to write their own songs and give the project a name. Dea Matrona (pronounced ‘day-a matrona’) comes from Celtic mythology and means ‘mother goddess’. Readers of the Irish Hot Press magazine voted them the Most Promising Act on the basis of their first single ‘Make My Star’ (2020).