“West to the Evening Sun”, Ailie Blunnie’s forthcoming début album, is, at its purest, a love letter to her native home patch, and at its rawest, an emblazoned cry for hope and adventure.
The title track gently weaves both of these threads into its fabric, from its delicate whispered opening to its repeating closing chant “I’m going west to my freedom and west to the evening sun”.
From Leitrim, Ailie grew up on the banks of the Shannon: a playground of lakes and woodlands, and a stone’s throw from the rugged coastlines of North Leitrim and Sligo.
Her début EP, “On love.. and other murder mysteries” (2013), marked her first tentative foray into the forests of independent musicianship. From it, her wistful love song “How much do you love me?”, and the starkly despondent “You Compare Her to a Rose”, were selected as winner and finalist, respectively, in the UK Songwriting Competition (2014).