Ailie Blunnie

Songwriter :: Singer :: Musician

Album Release, and thanks!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2017

Album Release, and thanks!

Well! How’s it going? All grand here. I’m a bit overwhelmed with the support for this new album. I’m probably not alone in this, but I didn’t think too much past the artwork and CD duplication stages of making the album – and now that it’s out, it feels like a crash course in how to accept kindness while resisting the urge to dig a big hole and disappear down it. It’s like waving enthusiastically at someone with a big shovel in your hand: ‘How are ya doin’ oh Christ get me outta here’ – that kind of thing.. :-) But it’s been absolutely lovely, so thank you very much, all shovels aside. Here are the links if you want to listen/download: Spotify iTunes Bandcamp And the CD is available to buy here: West to the Evening Sun Here are a couple of reviews: RTE Radio One ARENA: 4**** Review (Podcast) RTE Entertainment: 4**** Review by Alan Corr The Irish Echo, New York: Review by Colleen Taylor CD’s akin to letters between friends   I really hope you enjoy listening to the songs – it means a huge amount to me to know people are enjoying them. I’m making plans for 2018 at the moment, and will keep you posted on developments. All credits and thank-yous are listed below, and an especially special thanks needs to be directed towards Daragh Dukes (producer) who was just magic to work with, and deserves every good thing that comes to him. Ailie xxx Launch Concerts Huge thanks to special guest choir, the brilliant Laetare Vocal Ensemble (conducted by R. Blunnie); to the band Róisín Blunnie (vocals, keyboard, kalimba, a bit of everything), Aideen Rickard (vocals, trombone, electronics), Gráinne Logue (vocals), Eoghan Regan (elec. guitar), Eoin Coughlan (bass), Vyvienne Long (cello); to Richard Duckworth (sound engineer); to the wonderful Carl Corcoran and Charlie McGettigan, who did the official launches; and to all staff in Dublin Unitarian Church and The Dock Arts Centre. Album Credits Ailie Blunnie: Vocals, Piano, Electric Guitar Daragh Dukes: Electronics, Percussion, Kalimba, Wind Chimes Aideen Rickard: Backing Vocals, Trombone Vyvienne Long: Cello Eoin Coughlan: Electric Guitar, Bodhrán, Backing Vocals, Body Percussion Neville Lloyd: Double Bass Laetare Vocal Ensemble (Róisín Blunnie, conductor): Choir on “Would That You May” Music & Lyrics by Ailie Blunnie Arrangements by Ailie Blunnie & Daragh Dukes Produced by Daragh Dukes Mastered by Richard Dowling at Wav...

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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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Why Singer-Songwriters Might Drive You Mad // Podcast

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017

Why Singer-Songwriters Might Drive You Mad // Podcast

Hi! Hope you’re all well :-) I was trying to think what to write about this month and have opted for something slightly different, but I’ll do the music news first: I’ve two new singles – double A-side – coming out next month Whelan’s headline gig on Thursday 17th August (upstairs) And, album launch shortly after that! But to change things up a bit – I’ve recorded this blog as a podcast, and it’s about: Singer-songwriters, and their frustrated family, friends, husbands, wives, children, partners, cats..  I talk about five potential bones of contention you might have with them: They’re flaky and always canceling at late notice They lack direction in life They “overthink” They’re “oversensitive” You can’t get a proper grasp of their personalities ..and my hope is I might be able to demystify some of the reasons we behave the way we do, and also to offer some emotional and moral support to those of you fending off these accusations! Housekeeping: When I say singer-songwriters, I’m broadly talking about people who write and perform the music/songs behind an act. So, that could be as a solo artist, or it could be as part of a band (I’ve called them “songwriting-musicians” in the podcast, just to be a bit clearer about it). And by way of a quick disclaimer: I have a psychology background, but I’m not a qualified counsellor or psychologist, so it’s just from my personal experience I’m talking! Hope you enjoy it xx Ep. 1 Podcast: Why Singer-Songwriters Drive You Mad (or might anyway..) Oh and the theme music is from one of my forthcoming new singles, ‘There is No Sound’. [Photo by Loki...

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Beat of Your Heart, single release

Posted by on May 1, 2017

Hello! Happy May Day! How are ya? Just a quick blog about the second single release last week. Here it is: I didn’t choose that thumbnail photo – that was YouTube’s decision. It looks like I’m about to burst into a bit of break-dancing, doesn’t it! I’m very happy with this song. I was anxious about releasing it because it’s quite different from my EP songs. But it felt like the right way forward and I’m delighted with the reaction. Thanks a million for your messages and comments! I was thrilled too that it was included in Nialler9’s Irish Songs of the Week in the Irish Times. You don’t think of those things when you’re writing a song, but it really is very validating when there’s a positive outside response. So thank you. It took quite a while to get the final version of this together: we started with the piano and voices, then added some guitar and percussion, and then cello, trombone and double bass. I had in my mind that the song should strike a balance between destabilising, and soothing, so that by the third verse (2:40), you’d feel a bit like you were firing things around the kitchen, but in a cathartic rather than a frustrated sort of way!* Did it work? ..or am I just talking singer-songwriter rubbish? In terms of the words, the song is about letting someone go who isn’t doing you any good in your life, and it feeling like you’re abandoning them (rather than the other way round – or that you might be abandoning yourself by not doing it). I remember describing the feeling to someone (of letting that person go) as like clutching a baby really close and then stretching out your arms and dropping them into a river. And I can’t remember their exact response, but it was something like “but he’s a grown man..”, which was very true ..but it wouldn’t have mattered what he was – objectivity had left the building by then! It’s very easy to fall into bad patterns with relationships, isn’t it.. especially in your 20s, I think. I sometimes think you shouldn’t be allowed near another person until you both pass a rigorous battery of healthy-boundaries tests first! I suppose you have to learn to do that for yourself along the way.** Anyway, God, I got very serious there. Any craic..? I really hope you like the song. You can just...

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