Aisling Quinn

County Dublin

Galway songstress, Aisling Quinn spent her formative years devouring music without prejudice to particular styles or genres. Home was full of instruments and Aisling was tinkering on pianos and strumming guitars for as long as she can remember. Piano was the first instrument she learned formally, but like most teenagers, the discipline to practice escaped her.

So, inspired by jazz and blues albums from the 30’s and 40’s and her mum’s Carole King LPs, she decided to go down a more laid- back style of jamming, teaching herself as she went rather than being penned in by formal, structured lessons. Her curiosity and love of sounds led her to pick up many other instruments such as mandolin, flute, violin, melodica, bodhran and glockenspiel.

Her EP, A Simple Arrangement, released in 2007 was praised by Hotpress Magazine, noting her ‘winning vocal style’ and singling her out as an artist who ‘avoided singer songwriter clichés and offered something less predictable’. With influences ranging from Gershwin, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, Carole King to Merz, Rufus Wainwright, Ed Harcourt, Ben Folds, Fiona Apple and Nick Drake what could be predicted except the unexpected.

“Songwriting, for me, is like having my own language where the hum of a bus, the sound of
footsteps, a typewriter can all form part of the dictionary.”

With a qualification in music production also under her belt, Aisling began to delve into the world of theatre. Her work in this area was also drawing media attention with Irish Theatre Magazine describing her collaborative theatre work as ‘intelligent, truly inspiring theatre.’

Aisling’s focus, however, was still very much on creating her own musical entity and during this period she had been writing a collection of songs with a view to releasing her debut album. She settled herself into Jam Studios with co-producer Martin Quinn to do just that. The end result was Let The Games Begin, a collection of eleven beautifully crafted songs, packed with energy, colour, personality, melody and an endearing vulnerability.

The album, which was released in May 2011 was received with a 5***** reveiew from MAVERICK MAGAZINE in the UK and equally positive reviews in Ireland. The album also received international attention with tracks, 'Song I Wrote For You' and 'When You Come' receiving semi-finalist status at the prestigious INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Having spent 2011 playing Body&Soul, The Galway Arts Festival (supporting The Walls), Knockanstockan and Body&Soul at Electric Picnic, Aisling kicked off 2012 by playing at Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow. She followed that with a tour of Ireland which saw her featured at The Galway Fringe Festival and joining the line-up for the 10th Anniversary of Hard Working Class Hero's. Aisling also returned to the theatre for a live musical soundtrack performance as part of a collaborative theatre piece, 'Oh Look, Hummingbirds' which was especially created for the ABSOLUT Fringe Festival 2012. Aisling continued to tour in 2013 and was commissioned to write musical compositions for radio plays, 'Chasing Butterflies' and 'In The Garden'.

She relocated to Scotland to pursue an MMUS in Sonic Arts and in 2014 began writing her second album. In 2015 Aisling has been commissioned to create the music/soundscape for the theatre production of 'Going Spare' written and performed by Siobhan Donnellan and Directed by Aoife Connelly and it also sees Aisling returning to the studio to record the 2nd album.

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