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Niall Brady

Distant Listening 01 : Ailbhe Reddy

Ailbhe Reddy is a contemporary singer songwriter from Dublin.
Her steady rise as a voice of note and particular complexion has marked her out as one of our favourite artists at ALS over the past number of years, performing at ALS ’17 and ’19.
Ailbhe’s songwriting is matched by her dry humour, and a sense of resilience that was put to the test during an unlucky downpour at ALS ’19 which made her performance on Further Afield a little tricky. 
But typically then, as with our chat below, Ailbhe just gritted her teeth and got through things admirably, winning the crowd over as always. 
www.ailbhereddy.com

Hi Ailbhe! Can you tell us how you are riding out the storm?

I’m currently recording demos in my sister’s house during this period of isolation. It’s pretty peaceful and I tend to forget what’s going on until I leave the house to go to the shops!

How are you finding all of this?

I’m okay, obviously it’s all a bit mad but I’m very fortunate that I have a cosy warm place to stay and lovely people to spend time with. I miss my family and friends who I can’t see but it will make me appreciate them all the more when we see each other again.

“I guess my advice is – don’t feel like you have to be making the most of this, you don’t have to be super productive and come out of this with loads done. If watching Netflix and going for walks is your buzz, do that.

Can you share one thing you’re doing to navigate these current tricky waters?

The way I’m dealing with it is just splitting my time between feeling useful (whether that’s a home DIY project or admin I’ve been putting off for months) – and doing things I enjoy like writing music and sitting around chilling out and watching TV.

What do you hope comes from this experience?

I guess my advice is – don’t feel like you have to be making the most of this, you don’t have to be super productive and come out of this with loads done. If watching Netflix and going for walks is your buzz, do that. Take it a day at a time and try focus on some of the positives, we rarely see this level of community spirit and people binding together. Seek solace in that, because it’s fairly spectacular.

“Take it a day at a time and try focus on some of the positives, we rarely see this level of community spirit and people binding together.

Seek solace in that, because it’s fairly spectacular.”

SONG #1

ANDY SHAUF

‘MARTHA SWAYS’

It’s just a very relaxing and peaceful song. Also reminds me of the last few hours of a long night out, something I won’t experience for a while.

SONG #2

BIG THIEF

‘MARY’

I love this song and Big Thief. It reminds of lonely long drives at all hours to and from Donegal last summer, while I was recording an album.

SONG #3

CHRISTIAN LEE HUTSON

‘NORTHSIDERS’

Just a sweet nostalgic tune about friendship, what’s not to love?

SONG #4

SHARON VAN ETTEN

‘SEVENTEEN’

More nostalgia, that’s clearly the buzz I’m on right now.

SONG #5

JULIA JACKLIN

‘PRESSURE TO PARTY’

Always makes me want to dance and sing along. Saw Julia Jacklin play live in the Button Factory a few months ago and it was beautiful. The whole set was flawless, especially this tune and a cover of Avril Lavigne’s ‘I’m With You’.

 

Photos : Zoe Holman

ALS 19 : Getting Here!

GETTING HERE

Driving:

  • M4 ­ From Dublin.
  • Take exit 10 (Kinnegad) off the M4.
  • Follow the overpass over the motorway and towards Kinnegad town.
  • On entering Kinnegad town take the IMMEDIATE RIGHT at JC DONNELLY’s PUB (Signposted TRIM R161) .
  • Follow this road for approx 9kms to Killyon townland / village. (10/15 mins journey) (passing through Hill Of Down en route).
  • Once in Killyon townland / village, pass the church on the left and continue for 1 km.
  • After 1 km Killyon GAA club is on your left , and a white Gate Lodge house on your Right.
  • Take the LEFT TURN into a gate / long driveway.
  • You are here!!

Click here to see the journey in Google Maps!

The Love Bus:
Departing Dublin from 5.30pm – 6pm Friday – as it fills up (YES! We are putting on an earlier bus to cater for more numbers this year). The bus ticket also entitles you to the return journey, departing Killyon Manor at 7.30pm Sunday evening. Book your tickets in advance to guarantee yourself a seat! More info here.

Cycling
The splendid Royal Canal Greenway, in combination with rail (nearest station Enfield, 15km) or bus (nearest stops Clonard 7km and Kinnegad 10km) services, makes quite the entrance! This is a lovely way to arrive and experience the beautiful, gentle countryside nearby. A fantastic thing to encourage friends and colleagues to do that are able.

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ARRIVING AT ALS

Have your tickets at the ready to speed up the security process when entering the driveway. Drop your gear off in the General Campsite then park your vehicle in General Parking. Go to the Welcome Desk with your ID and ticket, printed or on your phone, to collect your wristband. Please keep the following opening times in mind.

Gates:
FRIDAY 4PM – 11PM | SATURDAY 10AM – 11PM | SUN 10AM – 8PM

Welcome Desk:
FRIDAY 4PM – 11PM | SATURDAY 10AM – 11PM | SUN 10AM – 4PM

Festival Arena:
FRIDAY 6PM – 4AM | SATURDAY 10AM – 4AM | SUN 10AM – 8PM