Ailie Blunnie

Songwriter :: Singer :: Musician

About Ailie

Four years in the making, Ailie Blunnie’s début album, West to the Evening Suntakes an emotionally vibrant journey through soundscapes of hope and loss, urban and celtic, myth and magic:

This album extends beyond innovative musical arrangements, even beyond the skill of poetic, expressive lyrics. Blunnie’s songs are transcendent and transporting.” (Colleen Taylor, Irish Echo, New York)

From Leitrim, Ailie grew up steeped in the stillness and beauty of the north-west. Her college studies took her east – first music, and later, psychology and psychotherapy – and, now based in Dublin, she uses elements from her experiences, rural to city, arts to science, to craft a sound-world that is expansive yet hauntingly intimate:

“A taster from the Leitrim singer-songwriter’s forthcoming début album shows a craftswoman who knows the right measure of guile and atmospherics which a soundscape of this majesty requires.” (Jim Carroll, Irish Times, about title track ‘West to the Evening Sun’)

Her début EP, On love.. and other murder mysteries (2013), was her first foray into the forests of independent musicianship. From it, the third track,How much do you love me?‘, won the UK International Songwriting Competition (2014: Love Songs). And her next single, ‘I Will Count my Blessings’ – a commitment to honouring core values (‘I will count my blessings/I will speak my heart and my mind/I will not be more or less than I am for you‘), was included on the 2015 release, ‘Don’t be afraid of the light that shines within you’, produced by Samaritans.

With vocal hints of Sinéad Lohan and Agnes Obel, a nod towards Ger Wolfe’s tender storytelling, a dusting of Steve Reich, and the dueling distant thump of early-90s grunge and late-90s electro, the Leitrim singer-songwriter’s début album, produced by Daragh Dukes, was released 10th November 2017.


ALBUM REVIEWS

Ambient, hauntingly intimate and very moving, this is something rather special from the singer-songwriter from Carrick-on-Shannon” (Alan Corr, RTE Entertainment, Nov 2017)

I hope people outside of Ireland get to hear this album….a serious talent(RTE  Radio One Arena 4**** review)

“‘Beat of Your Heart’ travels a wide musical range, from new age and Celtic, to folk, pop and rock, and even a slam poetry moment.  It all somehow fits together in a perfectly cohesive, mesmerizing way.” (Colleen Taylor, Irish Echo, New York)

“Describe the Carrick-on-Shannon songwriter as a novelty at your peril […]; while songs like the cabaret-pop lilt of Coming to Get Ya and Monster are positively packed with idiosyncrasies, there is a tenderness and beauty to You Compare Her to a Rose, that lends weight to her sweet-natured compositions.” (Lauren Murphy, Irish Times)

“So new, so fresh, and so good” (Carl Corcoran, The Blue of the Night, RTÉ Lyric fm)

One of the country’s leading young poets (Brian Lynch, writer)

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LISTEN TO ALBUM

Spotify – http://spoti.fi/2zvhWMu
iTunes – http://apple.co/2iJi7d4
Bandcamp – http://bit.ly/2Arw2vB

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THINGS YOU MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW

– How to pronounce her name: Ay-lee (like the last bit of UkulELE); Blunnie (rhymes with sunny)

– Education: BA Music/French; M.Litt Music; H.Dip Psychology, BSc Counselling/Psychotherapy [ongoing]

– Lives in: Dublin