Dublin musician Ailbhe Reddy is a singer-songwriter whose deeply personal heart-on-her-sleeve lyrics and a memorable voice lingers with you long after your first taste (Record of the Day, UK). She first began to attract attention when a homemade demo of her song ‘Cover Me’ was used in a Today FM radio advert in 2014. Later that year her first single, ‘Flesh & Blood’ garnered excellent reviews from Irish blogs, and was featured as Song of the day on the UK blog Folk Radio UK. Reddy has gone on to feature on every major Irish festival line up, such as Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Other Voices, Hard Working Class Heroes, Knockanstockan and Spirit of Folk.
So far in 2016 Reddy has independently released a hugely successful EP ‘Hollowed Out Sea’, which was produced by Darragh Nolan (Sacred Animals). The first single, ‘Distrust’ was released in early 2016 and received glowing reviews as well as leading to Ailbhe being named as Artist of the Week in The Irish Times. It was also featured as Record of the Day in the UK later that year.
‘Hollowed Out Sea’ has received excellent reviews and extensive radio play on TXFM, Today FM, 98FM and Dublin City FM. It has also been hugely successful on Spotify where it has been listened to over half a million times since its release in June. In December she was selected as the Other Rooms Viewer’s Choice for Other Voices season 15.
“Prepare to be floored – it’s wonderful.” – Record of the Day, UK
“Confident… Orchestral swept, singer-songwriter lead music which has touches of Daughter.” – Nialler9
“Reddy’s stage presence is firm and assured… the overall impression is of an up-and-coming talent ready to run away with the prize.” – Tony Clayton-Lea
“endlessly compelling…” – Hannah Thacker, The Most Radical List, UK
“truly compelling… you can’t help but be awestruck by the bravery of it all.” – Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape