Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh is a viola player based in Dublin, where she is active as a regular collaborator in Cian Nugent’s bands The Cosmos, Woven Skull and Circuit des Yeux. In 2018 she released her first solo record ‘Oreing’ via the acclaimed Fort Evil Fruit label, highlighting her own distinctive and versatile approach to solo acoustic viola playing. Though she may refer to her own music as ‘jamming’, Ailbhe’s gutsy, tone-conscious explorations on the viola are highly evocative and feel perfect for the Eastern Daze setting.
31 October 2018 | AG 13
by Amed B
Ahmed Brecht

Ailbhe, I’d like to know a little about your background both as a viola player and as a listener?

Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh

Well… music was a big part of my upbringing, my mum is a music teacher and organis


I'd like to know how you approach improvisation. Is it something you practice, or rather something that occurs on stage or in a recording situation? 


Well I play more freely improvised music as well a


Are there viola players, or other instrumentalists, that have inspired you or that you feel have a common approach to the instrument?


I suppose an obvious one is John Cale. When I heard