Four years in the making, ‘West to the Evening Sun’ (Nov 2017), is, at its purest, a love letter home, and at its rawest, an emotional cry for hope and purpose.
“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 on the banks of the Shannon: a playground of lakes and woodlands, and a stone’s throw from the rugged coastlines of North Leitrim and Sligo. Her début EP, ‘On love.. and other murder mysteries’ (2013), marked her first foray into the forests of independent musicianship. From it, her wistful love song ‘How much do you love me?‘, and the despondent ‘You Compare Her to a Rose’, were selected as winner and finalist in the UK Songwriting Competition (2014). 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’ – a CD produced by Samaritans Ireland.
‘West to the Evening Sun’ is the crystallisation of a quiet drive to transmute bare emotion into full-colour sensory experience. With vocal hints of Sinéad Lohan, Michael Stipe, and Stina Nordenstam, a nod towards Ger Wolfe’s tender storytelling, a dusting of Steve Reich, a shameless sense of fun (think Flann O’Brien’s love of bicycles), and the dueling distant thump of early-90s grunge and late-90s electro, the Leitrim singer-songwriter’s début album will be released 10th November 2017.
“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 the first single, ‘West to the Evening Sun’)
“‘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)
- First single: West to the Evening Sun (February 2017)
- Second single: Beat of Your Heart (April 2017)
- Double A-Side: 1. And So To Sleep // 2. There Is No Sound (August 2017)
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
– Lives in: Dublin