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Leitrim musician, Ailie Blunnie, is set to make her main-stage Whelan’s début on the rescheduled date of Sunday 8th April, following postponement due to snow.  

Fresh from Whelan’s Ones To Watch 2018 and Templebar TradFest, and NY Irish Echo’s “top pick for best début album and best début artist in 2017”, the Leitrim singer-songwriter takes her burgeoning blend of experimental folktronica to the main stage of Whelan’s to showcase songs from her critically-acclaimed début album “West to the Evening Sun” (Nov. 2017, Happy Out Records)

Influenced by her academic studies in music and psychology, Blunnie’s sound melds assured songwriting, inventive arrangements, and newly-expanded soundscapes developed in collaboration with producer Daragh Dukes (Headgear/Asylum Speakers/RTE).

“Has the vocal purity of Sinéad Lohan and Agnes Obel.. Songs sound like they were spirited up from the landscape of her home in North-West Ireland” 4**** Alan Corr | RTÉ Entertainment

“a tour de force of masterful songwriting, which pushes the boundaries, both sonically and lyrically” Róisín Dwyer | Hot Press

“‘West to the Evening Sun’ is not just music—it’s poetry too. Listening to these songs is like sitting alone in an archive, reading a collection of letters shared between the closest of friends. There is tragedy, confession, hope, love. Moreover, there is narrative as well as harmonic integrity.” Colleen Taylor | NY Irish Echo

“The Leitrim musician has been on the radar for a few years now and this fine assured début suggests she has spent her time judiciously.” John Meagher | Irish Independent

“I hope people outside of Ireland get to hear this album.. a serious talent” 4**** RTÉ ARENA

One of John Kelly’s “favourite up-and-coming Irish artists of 2017” Mystery Train | RTÉ Lyric FM


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Support on the night will be from Kerry musician and one of RTE Entertainment’s “Rising Irish Stars of 2018”, Junior Brother:


“Armed with a battered acoustic guitar and a tambourine, his gaunt and guttural tunes sing with a gallows humour that will chime with anyone who’s been dragged up in Ireland between the triangulation/strangulation points of church, school and da drink.” Alan Corr | RTE Entertainment

“He sings in a voice that makes no concession to the conventional approach of knocking off corners to gain acceptance, and he is all the better for it.” Pat Carty | Hot Press


€12/10 available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 1890 200 078 (1-7pm M-F)

– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.


Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out Sonntags [Disco/House/Funk] upstairs from 11pm til late – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm | Drinks Promos