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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