Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy has been developing her sound for over two years now. With her 2016 Hollowed Out Sea EP accumulating over one million streams in its first year she is an artist who has found her own ground in the industry.
Last month she teamed up with Mayo singer-songwriter Maria Kelly for the release of ‘Threads’ which they co-wrote together.
Her latest release as a follow up to her last single ‘The Tube’ introduces a more experimental sound to her music with a catchy electro-jangle featuring on ‘Nothing To Doubt’, yet her rousing indie-folk sound still remains prominent.
The track was produced by Willie Weeks who has worked with artists such as Matt Redman and Passion achieving US Billboard number ones.
Ailbhe plays New Sounds In An Old Place with Roe at John The Baptist Church in Drumcondra which has now been rescheduled to March 23rd as a result of the weather. Tickets priced at €15 are available from Eventbrite.ie.
Last Thursday, Homebeat launched their Spring 2018 programme with a sold-out show by Maria Kelly and guests in the Fumbally Stables in Dublin 8.
The building, which was originally constructed in the 1750s, and is used by The Fumbally Café team next door for events and workshops has retained some of its original features and the night offered an intimate candlelit setting for suitably intimate performances.
Wicklow native singer-songwriter Anna Mieke opened up the night, who some of you may recognize from the latest episode of This Ain’t No Disco. Anna’s voice embodies tone similar to that of Lisa Hannigan with elements of folk, trad and blues that sets her apart. For her second song, she presented a bouzouki, which she explains was purchased in Greece while she spent a summer there before ending up at a festival in a small town in France where she saw riot scenes of blood and tear gas. ‘Aurillac’, the song that encapsulates a strong sentiment of her experience.
With no music officially released yet, Anna Mieke is certainly someone to be excited about, with a fresh depth of talent and a traditional storytelling ability incorporated into her music. Anna Mieke takes you on a journey to where she has been and where she may yet to be.
As Maria tuned her guitar on stage the hum of conversation from the crowd was quickly reduced to a sharp silence with the first strum. Maria made her music debut with two years ago with ‘Before It Has Begun’ via Vita Records, an angelic love song that she wrote when she was 15. Tonight, she previewed some of the new material that she has been working which incorporates themes such as mental health and social anxiety. Maria’s songwriting ability can create a space of reflection that resonates, and her multi-toned vocal style compliments this intrinsically.
In celebrating the release of new track ‘Threads’ last week, Maria was joined by special guest Ailbhe Reddy with Anna also returning to offer backing vocals. Maria invited the audience to record the performance on their phones with the aim of making a 360 video from the night. All three voices harmonised each other with elegance, and commanded a sense of attention within the room.
Mayo-native singer-songwriter Maria Kelly has teamed up with Dublin-native Ailbhe Reddy on new track ‘Threads’ which is out on February 16th via Veta Records.
After touring together last year both artists realised that they have very similar influences and style of music. The track was co-written by Maria and Ailbhe from unfinished material they both had and deals with the emotions attached to being in a relationship with someone who is not showing full commitment.
“We just continued with this theme of someone having one foot out the door and how heartbreaking that can be to experience” says Reddy
Their voices compliment each other eloquently and effortlessly with and instrumentation on the track that seeps out further emotion. Both artists having the ability to captivate attention through their honest and open form of music.
A Co-Present Christmas is a compilation of Christmas songs put together by Dwayne Woods who hosts the Irish music radio show The Co-Present on Dublin Digital Radio.
The 15-track compilation will donate all proceeds to Pieta House , and features songs from Villagers (White Christmas), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Have Yourself A Merry Christmas), Ailbhe Reddy (Stay Another Day), Jack O’Rourke & Graham White (The Power Of Love), Columbia Mills (Blue Christmas), Marlene Enright (Auld LAng Synge) and I Have A Tribe doing his own Christmas song.
The compilation is available on Bandcamp for purchase and CDs will be available from December 8th at Tower Dublin (Dublin), Classified Records (Dundalk), Steamboat Records (Limerick), Plugd (Cork), OMG at Zhivago (Galway) and Record Room (Sligo).
A live launch is happening on Saturday December 9th at Drop Dead Twice, Francis Street, Dublin 8 where we will sell physical copies of the album and see performances from contributing artists, Session Motts, Junior Brother, Columbia Mills, I Have A Tribe, Tanjier and more. Tickets for the live event cost €10.00 and are available from Dice Ireland via the event page.
A Co-Present Christmas Tracklisting:
Hvmmingbyrd – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Villagers – White Christmas
Montauk Hotel – 2000 Miles
Elephant – River
Session Motts – Oh No It’s Xmas!
Jack O’Rourke ft: Graham White – The Power Of Love
Maria Doyle Kennedy – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Cloud Castle Lake – Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire
Lemoncello – Walking In The Air
I Have A Tribe – I Have A Tribe Christmas Song
Ailbhe Reddy – Stay Another Day
Tanjier – Merry Christmas Everybody
Columbia Mills – Blue Christmas
Junior Brother – Oh Holy Night Marlene Enright – Auld Lang Syne
“Christmas is a time of year when friends and family come together and enjoy each others company. Unfortunately, for some, it is a time of remembrance for those we have lost and for others a time of loneliness and sadness. We at Pieta House are trying every day to break the cycle of suicide and self-harm and to comfort those who have lost a loved one.
This album, from the first note to the last chorus, signifies a great hope. Pieta House strives for an Ireland where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. Finally to everyone involved with the album we extend our gratitude, that you have given your time and energy to help those who need our services and to know that you are changing lives.” Pieta House.
This project is sponsored by Herbert Place Studios and Yangaroo Music Ireland and Atlas Language School. All media inquiries to Dwayne Woods : [email protected]
Ailbhe Reddy has announced an Autumn tour of Ireland and the UK which will follow her busy summer of festivals as outlined below. Her tour will take in Belfast, Galway, Cork, Dublin, Liverpool, Bristool and London.
In the meantime Ailbhe also has a very busy festival season ahead of her –
16th July – Latitude Festival (UK) 29th July – Cambridge Folk Festival (UK) 19th Aug – Groove Festival (IRL) 20th Aug – Another Love Story (IRL) 3rd Sept – Electric Picnic (IRL) 16th Sept – Head for the Hills (UK)
18th Oct – Belfast – Black Box 19th Oct – Galway – Roisin Dubh 20th Oct – Cork – Cyprus Avenue 21st Oct – Dublin – Whelans 27th Oct – Liverpool – Philharmonic (UK) 28th Oct – Bury – The Met (UK) 29th Oct – Leeds – Oporto (UK) 30th Oct – Shrewsbury- Henry Tudor House (UK) 1st Nov – Bristol – The Canteen (UK) 2nd Nov – London – St Pancras Old Church (UK)
We have rising upcoming Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy (8.15pm), Cork pop artist Lyra (10.15pm), electro-pop partystarters Le Boom (11.15pm).
Just announced: Cork singer-songwriter Jack O’Rourke (9.15pm) and a Kormac AV set (12.30am).
The showcase gigs are free but limited so if you want a wristband for Cypress Avenue for guaranteed entry, drop me a line.
Wednesday May 10th @ Cork Opera House – The Coronas, Callum Stewart, Talos, Columbia Mills Thursday May 11th @ Triskel – Jafaris, Cry Harridan, Super Silly, Little Hours Thursday May 11th @ Crane Lane – Rob Burch, Alex & Echoes, Barq, Fangclub Thursday May 11th @ Old Oak – Bad Bones, Ryan McMullan, Heroes In Hiding, Gypsies On the Autobahn, Audible Joes.
Featuring talks from industry professionals at The Clayton Hotel throughout the daytime, announced speakers include: Darcus Beese, President of Island Records, booking agents Geoff Meall (UTA / Muse), Steve Zapp (ITB / Biffy Clyro) and Josh Javor (X-Ray / Coldplay), publishing like Martin Toher (B-Unique) and Tommas Arnby (Locomotion).
HomeBeat & Nialler9 in association with O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beers proudly continue Future Proof – a series of events showcasing essential emerging and established acts who are weaving themselves into the present and future fabric of the Irish music scene.
Future Proof #3 returns to the warm surroundings of Bello bar, and features three of the most vibrant acts performing on these shores at this moment.
The Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy is currently excelling at this music thing. Building on last yer’s debut EP Hollowed Out Sea and January’s once-off single ‘Relent’, Reddy has released a new EP which gets a first listen through Nialler9 today.
Attach To Memory features four tracks (and one edit) of recent songs recorded in a form that closely mirrors her full live-band live setup. From the taut indie-folk style of ‘Fingertips’ to the catchy highlight of ‘Disconnect’ and the slow expressive ‘Never Loved’, Reddy’s voice remains the magnetic force at the centre of her craft.
The EP is released through AWAL/Kobalt on 24th May and Reddy is very busy on the live front including The Great Escape, Body&Soul and two Nialler9-related shows at Music Cork on May 11th and Thursday May 25th at Dublin’s Bello Bar at Future Sounds #3 with Soulé and Le Boom (tickets on sale for that later today). Subscribe to Nialler9 events for more.
27th April – Dingle, Feile na Bealtaine Festival 29th April- Waterford, Spraoi ( Sold Out ) 3rd May – Galway, Roisin Dubh 5th May – Leap, Connolly’s 6th May – Ballydehob, Levis Bar 10th May, Dundalk, Spirit Store 11th May – Cork, Cyprus Avenue ( Music Cork Festival Showcase ) 12th May – Belfast, The Mac 13th May – Westport, The Clock Tavern 19th May – Brighton, The Great Escape Festival (UK) 20th May – Brighton, The Great Escape Festival (UK) 24th May – London, The Slaughtered Lamb (UK) 25th May – Dublin, Bello Bar 26th May – Coughlans, Cork 21st June – Paris, Centre Culturel Irlandais (FR) 25th June – Body & Soul Festival, Ireland 8th July – Clonmel Junction Festival, Ireland 29th July – Cambridge Folk Festival (UK) 18th Aug – Another Love Story Festival, Ireland 19th Aug – Groove Festival, Ireland 24th Sept – Berlin, Auster Club (GER)
Ailbhe Reddy was the winner of the IMRO Other Room public vote for Other Voices and that meant she got to be featured on the show and play a set in the back on An Chonair in Dingle. Reddy is a rising talent so the win caught her at a good time, having recently sold out a Sugar Club Dublin show and a London gig, there’s much more to come from Ailbhe this year.
Now we’ve kicked 2016 to the curb, it’s time to look forward.
January is all about freshness, so here are 20 acts from around the globe who I reckon you’ll be hearing much more of this year. Some will be familiar to you but I expect to make an even bigger splash and some, I bet are likely to be appreciated by a lot more people by the year’s end. That was the criteria. I avoided any of the obvious ones you’ve seen elsewhere especially the BBC Sound of 2017 poll.
There are also extended playlists featuring the pick of those acts and more (JFDR, Jorja Smith, Declan McKenna, Louis Berry, ABRA, Jamilia Woods, Maggie Rogers, Pumarosa among them) on Soundcloud and Spotify.
A regular feature on Nialler9, Hare Squead spent the year building their fanbase in the UK by supporting Dua Lipa and dropping a series of singles and an EP on Columbia Records that suggested that Tony Konstone, E-Knock and singer Jessy Rose’s blend of soul, R&B, rap and pop could cross the Atlantic this year if all goes well.
Four songs deep and Scandinavian artist Skott (who apparently “grew up in a remote small town forest commune run by ‘outcast’ folk musicians”) has already received some worthy plaudits – Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World, approval from Lorde, plays on Zane Lowe’s Beats show and topping the Hype Machine’s most blogged chart (and featured in their end of year list)
Her songs so far are bright pop nuggets from the sweet melody of ‘Porcelain’ to orchestral finger-clicking ballad ‘Wolf’ and the whistle-assisted electronic pop of ‘Lack Of Emotion’.
Idaho-born musician Jens Kuross studied Jazz at Berklee college in Boston but last year begun releasing music under his own name on the London-based Aesop label. Now based in LA, Kuross’ six tracks last year were songs of emotion, depth, minimalism and confident songwriting, taking on a singing style that gets more affecting as it opens up, with touches of Radiohead and minimalist songwriters.
UK siblings reaching out with new pop tones.
Cotswold brother and sister Rob and Katy Pearson AKA Ardyn appeared with the smart indie pop song ‘Over The River’, a song close to London Grammar in mood. An EP followed, The Valley, which featured production by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Arctic Monkeys). More of the EP’s arched celestial pop overtones would be welcome in 2017. If you’re in London next week, they play The Line Of Best Fit’s Five Day Forecast.
Dublin singer-songwriter has reached far in a short time.
For a new artist, having your second EP racking up over 1 million streams in your first year is quite an achievement. But Ailbhe Reddy has found fans wherever she has gone – whether its at festivals like Electric Picnic, Other Voices and Body & Soul among them. As she has grown in consciousness, so too has her craft and her live set finds her flanked by a full-band adding depth to already substantial songs. You may have heard her song ‘Seasonal’ in the RTÉ show Striking Out – courtesy of myself and Avant Music Port too.
2017 sees Ailbhe step it up into the wider world, starting with a new single ‘Relent’ and two gigs – The Servant Jazz Quarters in London on 15th February and The Sugar Club in Dublin on 22nd February.
Hear her new song below which Ailbhe says:
‘Relent’ is about looking back on a soured relationship & realising how it could have been, seeing the lessons and my own shortcomings as part of the story. It’s about the guilt that forms part of the natural retrospection on a once loving relationship. Too often these songs can be purely accusatory, whereas I’ve tried to explore the reality that there are two sides to every story and each party has their own narrative as they see it. The inspiration was these feelings and the song was written as an attempt to express this and move forward from it. To sweeten what has soured and move on without guilt”
Two French men make up the duo Her, making sensually suggestive R&B pop songs with electronic undertones – reminscent of Rhye with more body (ahem). They’ve had a few memorable songs already in the form of ‘Quite Like’, ‘Five Minutes’ and their most recent single ‘Queens’ featuring Zefire. They’re now signed to Island Records and kick off their year at Eurosonic next week. A debut album is forthcoming.