A question of taste: Aisling O’Riordan

Aisling O’Riordan is involved in various arts and entertainment events around Cork, including this weekend’s It Takes a Village festival in Trabolgan, as festival manager. Weekend passes and Sunday day tickets are still available for ITAV. Aisling also DJs and plays in the bands Morning Veils and Hex.

Best recent book you’ve read:

I just finished reading a book called The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk which looks at the study of trauma in psychology and the recent advances made in understanding how trauma effects the body in different ways. It took me three months to get through so I’m going to boast about it in the paper.

Best recent film you’ve seen:

I’m not really a movie person but I loved Dumplin’ on Netflix. Not only did it make me go and listen to Dolly Parton’s back catalogue again but it’s also a very good look at what life is like for a fat teenage girl (which I myself have a bit of experience in).

Best recent show or gig:

I was very fortunate to put on Haley Heynderickx a few weeks ago in Plugd in Cork. Her songs are stunning, and she’s a lovely person. I also saw Cate Le Bon do a solo piano show in Dun Laoghaire at the start of the year. It was incredible and she did a brilliant cover of ‘Waterfalls’ by Paul McCartney.

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately (new or old):

I have had Solange’s new record When I Get Home on repeat since I first heard it. I’m really loving Maria Somerville’s debut All My People also and I haven’t been able to give it a lot of time yet but I’m looking forward to listening to Anna Mieke’s new album Idle Mind a lot over the coming months.

First ever piece of music or gig that really moved you:

The first gig I ever went to was 5ive at The Point on Patrick’s Day 2000 (I still have the t-shirt). I wouldn’t say I was really moved, I don’t remember a lot of it. I only remember that I had a sign (that my Dad printed for me) that said ‘Five bad boys with the power to rock you from your biggest fan Aisling’ in italics and that they started the show by abseiling down giant letter spelling out 5IVE.

The best gig you’ve ever seen:

Paul McCartney at the RDS with a bunch of great pals. I think that was my favourite show. It had fireworks, the back catalogue of Wings and even a very dodgy ukulele version of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’.

Tell us about your TV viewing:

I’m a Netflix person. My TV viewing mainly consists of RuPaul’s Drag Race and re-watching shows I love. I’m currently watching Schitt’s Creek for the second time.

Radio listening and/or podcasts:

I’m really enjoying Transitioning in Ireland at the moment which is a really insightful look at the journey and struggle a person undergoes to transition in the Irish health care system (spoiler: it’ll make you very mad). I also love Taranoia, Race Chasers, The Futurist and The Alison Spittle Show.

It Takes A Village: pick two acts you’re looking forward to seeing: 

I’m very excited to see Snapped Ankles. I’ve had their album on repeat and they are known for having crazy energetic live shows.

I’m very excited to have Cáit and Laura Lolz from GASH Collective DJing on the Saturday night.

Your best celebrity encounter:

I once had to get Damon Alburn a veggie burger when he came to the Pavilion one jazz weekend. 

He was playing in the Savoy and came over afterwards to see Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. His tour manager told us he was hungry so I ran around the city in the rain looking for something vegetarian for him. 

He made do with a Burger King Veggie Burger and was very thankful for it! I also once had to step in when Thurston Moore was making the worst cup of tea I’ve ever seen and do my duty as an Irish woman and make it properly for him.

You are curating your dream festival — which three artists are on the bill?

Sinéad O’Connor, Dolly Parton and Erykah Badu.

You are queen for a day — what’s your first decree?

I’d get rid of the jewels. In the words of Lizzo ‘I don’t need a crown to know that I’m a queen’.

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