Raggedcast News: Ali Comerford announces new single ahead of debut album release

Kilkenny based singer and multi-instrumentalist Ali Comerford is releasing her second single 'Knots' on May 27th, following the success of her debut single 'He Knows' earlier this year. 

Ali also announced that her debut album of the same name will be released everywhere on July 29th.  

Having toured the world performing viola in classical ensembles for 14 years, Ali moved back to Kilkenny in 2020 and has recorded her debut album of original folk based but classical influenced songs. 

Ali recently featured on our Raggedchats podcast where she talked about her upcoming album and a hilarious run-in with US airport security - check that out at Raggedcast! 

About her latest song 'Knots' Comerford said: "Knots is a song I wrote about anxiety, something we all struggle with at one time or another. At the time, I was going through a stage of intense anxiety. I worried about the fact that I hadn’t released any music, about whether people would enjoy my songs or not and also over-analysed every little thing I had ever done wrong. I wasn’t sleeping properly and found I was lying awake at night replaying old conversations and feeling ashamed and embarrassed. 

“Anxiety is an extremely isolating thing because when you’re in it, you believe that you are the only person who feels like this. I think it’s powerful when people can speak about their own struggles and maybe eventually it will help us all feel less alone." 

Born and raised in Kilkenny, Ali started playing and studying classical music at the age of 4. After obtaining a Masters of Violin Performance from London's Royal College of Music, she relocated to New York, completing a Masters of Music in Viola Performance at the Manhattan School of Music on scholarship. Ali’s journey in music has seen her grace the likes of New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Dublin’s National Concert Hall. She has toured the world with Lincoln Center Stage, playing sold out shows around Australia, New Zealand and the United States.  

After years as a freelance musician for various string ensembles and chamber orchestras in New York, January 2020 saw Ali come home to her native Jenkinstown. Faced with her biggest stretch of free time in 14 years, Ali used her artistry to process and bring closure to the various ups and downs of life she experienced during her time traveling the world with her craft. She wrote, sang, played and produced every note on the album, finally exploring the full scope of her musicality. Her latest single was recorded at Crossroads Studio Kilkenny with recording and mixing engineer Shane Tobler

Ali's debut album can be ordered on her Bandcamp page. Be sure to pre-order it and follow Ali on Spotify for more!

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