Ailbhe Reddy

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Ailbhe Reddy find out more about her...

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm from Dublin and started playing guitar when I was 12. Once I started playing guitar I began writing little songs (which will never see the light of day). I was really shy growing up but I managed to pluck up the courage to play my first gig with a friend when I was 21 and haven't stopped since.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I was growing up my musical influence was a mix of whatever my mum had blaring in her car and whatever my older sisters were listening to. I listened to a mix of Jeff Buckley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie, lots of Queen and Simon and Garfunkel. We often sang along to Queen on our journeys home from school.

Now I am really influenced by Fiona Apple, Villagers, Lianne la Havas, Ane Brun and Radiohead.

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How would you describe your sound?
I think its dark indie-folk music. I'm still a singer-songwriter at heart but my sound has definitely developed into something a bit darker in the last year.

What’s your local music scene like?
Dublin has an incredible music scene. Every time I go out to see a gig I'm blown away by the level of talent around the city. It's a really great scene to start off a music career, because everyone is really supportive and there's loads of great venues.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I'm recording new material at the moment with my producer Darragh Nolan to release this year. We're planning to do a tour around Ireland and more shows in the UK. I'll be playing a few festivals at home and abroad in the next 12 months, I love the atmosphere at festival gigs so I'm really excited.

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
If I could collaborate with anyone in the world it would probably be Fiona Apple... However, I could name a bunch of other bands and artists I'd love to work with. Collaborating with Radiohead or Villagers would be beyond my imagination.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Last summer I was playing a gig at the Ruby Sessions in Dublin, which is renowned for being really quiet and intimate - the audience are instructed to pretend they are at mass during performances. I went to start my second song, I was holding my electric Eastwood guitar which is my pride and joy and the strap broke off and my guitar fell, smashing my pint of cider into oblivion. Obviously the sound that came through the speakers broke the silence and everyone let out a collective gasp. My shoes were soaked with cider and I was very thirsty but my guitar was thankfully fine and I moved on with the set. I actually think mistakes like that can endear you to a crowd.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I'm honest. The most important thing to me in my music is honesty. I'll never write a lyric that I don't mean or that isn't true. Feelings change over time and I have written things that I don't necessarily feel anymore, but I definitely felt them at the time. My music is intensely personal, so I think its worth knowing before you listen that every word is true.

You can find out more about Ailbhe at her website or via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify and Twitter.