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Guinness Amplify’s 2014 “pick of Connacht”, piano-based songstress Ailie Blunnie returns to Whelan’s with her band, following her sell-out performance here earlier this year. With a “tenderness” and “beauty” that “lends weight to her sweet-natured compositions” (Lauren Murphy, Irish Times), Ailie’s particular brand of cabaret-pop and folk music has begun to attract the attention of music and literary critics alike. Throw in a few laughs, tears and ponderings on the quirks of life, and you’re in for a great night.

“So new, so fresh, and so good” (Carl Corcoran, The Blue of the Night, RTÉ Lyric fm)
“One of the country’s leading young poets” (Brian Lynch, Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Festival 2014)


With a couple of degrees to her name, and a day-job as an English language teacher, Ailie Blunnie is a consistent, if accidental, taker of the scenic route through life. Growing up in Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim, in the 80s and 90s, she was very much a part of the shell tracksuit brigade, ate a lot of Mr. Freezes, and lived for gymnastics.

Her late teens and early twenties were spent variously studying languages and music in college, and road-testing her self-penned songs on Dublin’s vibrant open mic scene. She honed her songwriting craft by playing support to artists including Paddy Casey, John Spillane, Juliet Turner and The 4 of Us, and writing music for theatre, film, educational resources and commemorative events. Now 29, she is slowly but surely gaining ground as a delicately charming, piano-based writer of cabaret-pop and folk songs.

In August 2013, she released her début EP “On love.. and other murder mysteries”, to critical acclaim. Her wistful love song, “How much do you love me?“, won a finalist position in the UK International Songwriting Competition 2013, and in March 2014, Ailie was voted onto the long list of 120 acts for a chance to play at Glastonbury 2014 as part of its Emerging Talent Competition. She is currently navigating the world of how-on-earth-do-you-go-about-making-an-album. But she’s determined to create something beautiful.

“So new, so fresh, and so good” (Carl Corcoran, The Blue of the Night, RTÉ Lyric fm)

“Carrick-on-Shannon-born singer, songwriter, pianist and former would-be gymnastics champ busts a move with a likable, neat line in quirky pop and folk tunes. Her debut EP “On love.. and other murder mysteries” has several reasons to be gleeful, particularly “Coming To Get Ya” and “Charlie’s Lullaby”.” (Jim Carroll, The Ticket, The Irish Times)

“Ailie Blunnie is a superb performer, singer and songwriter […] with a funny quirky personality that oozes charm and demands your attention.” (Peter Nagle, blogger, 2 U I Bestow)


€12 / €10 concession (student, OAP, unwaged) on the door.

Advanced tickets are available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078], prices may vary from other outlets. (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)

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


Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).