Ailie Blunnie

Songwriter :: Singer :: Musician

Double A-Side & Album Launch News

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017

Hi, How are ya? I forgot to post the two songs from my new double A-side up here. Sorry! The first, And So To Sleep, is about working through feelings of loss. I was very lucky to have it included in the Irish Times Culture Best 8 New Irish Tracks of the Week, and also Nialler9’s Spotify Playlist. The second, There Is No Sound, is about walking around in life as a perpetual blur of your past experiences, and it was playlisted on Dublin City FM which was lovely! I’m at the PR stage of this album process at the moment, which is about contacting people to try and arrange interviews & radio/newspaper features to help promote the gigs and album and that sort of thing. It’s hard-going to be honest. I find it hard. I’m not from the go-getter school of life! Maybe you can relate to that? Maybe we could start a support group? :-) When you’re actually doing interviews and things themselves though, it can be very rewarding. I had a couple recently that I really enjoyed. One for The Irish Echo, New York – which is beautifully written by Colleen Taylor. And one for 8Radio “A Cuppa With..” (interview starts at 17.35) by presenter and blogger Rachel Masterson. The main thing on my horizon at the moment though is these album launches! I’m really looking forward to them: Friday 10th November: Dublin Unitarian Church, 7.30 pm, 10€ Friday 17th November: The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, 8.30 pm, 15/12€ And I can’t tell you how welcome you are to come! There are tickets at the links, or, for the Dublin one, you could try coming to the door on the night because it’s a lovely big venue. I’ll have Laetare Vocal Ensemble with me, who are a beautiful choir – Choir of the Year at this year’s Cork Choral Festival, no less – and feature on one of the songs on West to the Evening Sun called “Would That You May”. And I’ll also have a wonderful band: Aideen Rickard (trombone/vocals), Vyvienne Long (cello), Roisin Blunnie (keyboards/vocals), Gráinne Logue (vocals), Eoghan Regan (elec. guitar) and Eoin Coughlan (bass). And together, we’ll do our level best to give you your money’s worth! Anyway, moving away from the music – any craic with yourself? There’s a grand opposite-of-a-stretch-in-the-evenings, isn’t there? Had you noticed? Ha! If you’re lamenting the passing of summer, I sometimes like to look...

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Dealing with Feeling Like Other People are “Getting Ahead” // Podcast

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017

Hi, Here’s a new podcast episode :-) It’s about living and working as a singer-songwriter/songwriting-musician. I chat about some areas where you might feel like other people are “getting ahead” of you in life: — For example — 1. Career progression in general 2. Relationships 3. Within the music industry itself ..and give some suggestions for how to manage those feelings. I hope you enjoy it :-) Ep. 2 Podcast: Dealing with Feeling Like Other People are “Getting Ahead”...

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Prayers and Feminine Wiles

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017

Prayers and Feminine Wiles

Hi, I confess, I might have got a bit carried away being a serious-musician in the last few blogs – with my forthcoming album of serious-musician music. I want to go back to the old-style rambly ones for a minute – is that alright? I confess to almighty god. [And to you, my brothers and sisters] How are things? How’s the summer going? Any craic? I hope you’re well. That opening confessional reminds me of something: I went through a phase of saying an enormous number of prayers before bed as a child. Did anyone else? I can remember one night in particular when I was.. it must’ve been 7 or 8 – around Communion age – counting all the way up to 150 Hail Marys. I was praying for my parents not to die. Because I thought that the more prayers I said, the more God would listen. I was really proud of myself for being able to stay awake. And you know something, they didn’t die either.. so if that’s not rock-solid scientific gospel evidence.. :-) There was a lovely comfort in it though, I have to say.. repeating the same prayer over and over. I was a mega-worrier as a child. Like lots of children. The existential trauma of it all. I’m still a bit of a worrier actually, especially when I’m hungover. Last Sunday for example, I pushed the boat out the night before – took a shine to the whiskey, ginger and lime promotion that was on – and by the end of the Sunday evening, I had my head buried in my hands and was doubled over in utter hopelessness. (My sister will confirm it). And it struck me.. it’s only with the grace of God, and hangover-busting homeostasis, that I don’t wake up like that every day of my life. The brain is such a wonderfully precious thing. As you know. It mystifies me to think of it encased in our dark skulls, never seeing the light of day, and yet constructing every colour, sound, taste, smell and touch of your reality. And it amazes me also to think of how phenomenally different people’s realities are from each other’s. And how we get on with each other at all? It makes me think about the level of care and respect it deserves too. “Alcohol, fun though it be, is nevertheless a depressant, Ailie”. That’s what I’ll be saying...

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