After last year’s edition, the Emerald Isle is gearing up for another Late Late Show Eurosong special. Over the course of several days, radio crazy Irish broadcaster RTÉ will release the six competing entries.The second has found its way out: Ailsha with “Go Tobann” — which means “suddenly”. 

Ireland is releasing this year’s Eurosong entries one by one on the popular radio programme The Ray D’Arcy Show. Ailsha’s entry is the second of six to be played on RTÉ’s Radio 1. Between Wednesday and Friday, we will hear the remaining four songs, with two entries released on Wednesday.

Eurosong 2024: Ailsha

With two musicians as parents, music is in Ailsha’s DNA. Despite that the Wicklow singer whose name is pronounced “El-sha” started out her career as a make-up artist and cruelty-free beauty blogger as a way to have a steady income.

She then graduated from a course in video games music composition at Griffith College in Dublin. Among her video game music credits is the soundtrack to the Big Brother video game.  

But most of all, Ailsha is now active as a solo singer, performing a mix between rock, metal and classic Celtic elements. Keeping her career going for several years already, she has recently been able to make her music heard on BBC Radio 1 and on stage during one of Ireland’s biggest festivals— Electric Picnic. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ailsha – Go Tobann (Audio)

Co-written by Peadar Connolly Davey and herself, and produced and co-written by Beardfire Studios and herself, Ailsha has described “Go Tobann” as follows to RTÉ:

 “I wanted to create a banger of a track that incorporated my own alternative sound with a twist by using some recognisable Irish phrases scattered throughout the song.”

“As a child my family did some occasional work in Dingle, where I learned conversational Irish by visiting a neighbour for tea every day after school while we were there. I learned to love the language and was awarded a Fáinne in secondary school.”

“However, as I grew older I gradually felt my Irish fade away only to remember a few phrases. In Ireland I feel we don’t use our native language enough and it’s a shame because it’s awesome.”

Do you think that Ailsha’s “Go Tobann” will go all the way during Eurosong 2024? Do you think the song will reach Malmö? Let us know in the comments down below!

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The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago

The full version is out and SLAPS

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

Interesting and not a safe choice unlike the bland entries Ireland has been sending over the years. BUT it needs a big staging..

Zanoni
Zanoni
5 months ago

This is on Spotify now and it sounds much better than what we had heard.

Paul
Paul
5 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

Sounds great!

MaxESC23
MaxESC23
4 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

Agreed. The first radio play was loud and incoherent. The Spotify release is better. You can hear the lyrics clearer and therefore the message of the song is more satisfying. I just heard basic Irish phrases being thrown about in the first play and it seemed a gimmick but being able to hear the English lyrics alongside the Irish makes it work.

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
5 months ago

Wtf?! This is unlistenable.

I’ve just been listening to the Luxembourgish selection and people were dismissing that as “generic”, but I’ll take that any day if this is what RTÉ comes up with!

Seimí
Seimí
5 months ago

Where did RTÉ dredge this rubbish from??, as an Irish speaker it’s an insult to the language. It’s nothing but chaotic noise, it make Hatari for Iceland in 2018 sound positively melodic.

TJCat
TJCat
5 months ago

Sounds like “Touch my fire” played backwards ?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
5 months ago
Reply to  TJCat

Somewhat so, indeed

Leo M
Leo M
5 months ago

2 more songs out today and 2 more disappointment. Isabella Kearney’s is ok but I get bored after a minute and JYelowL is a bad rap song.

Seimí
Seimí
5 months ago
Reply to  Leo M

When I saw Gavin James’ involvement in Judas I had high hopes but they quickly evaporated.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
5 months ago

I am sorry but I don ‘t like this horrible song. I hope for something better !!

Alaska
Alaska
5 months ago

A Grimes song (which I love!) but with the quality of a 2003’s .mp3 downloaded illegally from a very VERY obscure website. It’s crazy, it’s (probably) party.

Angela
Angela
5 months ago

They took four songs and put them in blender…and that’s the result.
It’s super chaotic, and not the good kind. Completely the opposite

StuG
StuG
5 months ago

Wow, what an awful production. It’s really difficult to comment on the actual song as it’s such a mess. Come on Ireland, you can do so much better.

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
5 months ago

Omg this is so crazy I love it. Sure, the production sounds awful but there are many interesting elements, from the crazy K-pop like beats to the Celtic elements and the use of Irish language. I hope they polish it enough in time for their national final. In the meantime can we call this G Pop, for Gaelic? :p

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago
Reply to  ThorBeta

You just invented a new trendy music style and i’m here for it!

David
David
5 months ago

Loving the chaos

Mark U
Mark U
5 months ago

You stage this with no obvious “Celtic” (flags and Dancers and harps), tell the story and interweave Irish, if needed at all, make it work in a very subtle way. Could be magic!

grft
grft
5 months ago
Reply to  Mark U

Why would they not use Celtic elements onstage? People love the Celtic culture!

Mark U
Mark U
5 months ago
Reply to  grft

It would be predictable given the sound and that is not what Ireland needs anymore.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago
Reply to  Mark U

I think the point that celtic influence is in there as well.

Yuarith
Yuarith
5 months ago

Needs to be polished, but OMG this one’s a banger! Way better than yesterday’s radio-friendly, safe and unremarkable entry

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 months ago

It is a bit of a mess and hopefully, more coherent and well thought-out songs are still to come but, at least this has some sort of identity. Much more competitive than yesterday’s non-effort.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
5 months ago

Ireland better stick to boyband songs if this is what they can offer and what advanced to the national final.

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
5 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

No. The boybands have had their time.

Esc kaos
Esc kaos
5 months ago

Who says noise ??? Ireland ??

Margaret
Margaret
5 months ago

Devastated by the comments because I absolutely love this! It’s giving “Grimes goes to Ireland and has a mental breakdown” vibes- so fresh and exciting from Ireland! I love it!

Des Murphy
Des Murphy
5 months ago

Remember father ted and my lovely horse ? This song sounds like a different entry in father teds Eurosong in 1990
thFs how absolutely awful it is

Anne Rice
Anne Rice
5 months ago

Well the rock song is diabolical and song no 1 totally forgettable
I fear Ireland still haven’t a clue lol

Kosey
Kosey
5 months ago

Is this the audible manifestation of Ireland’s Eurovision mental breakdown?

I do actually prefer it slightly to yesterday’s offering.

Ari
Ari
5 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

LOL totally sounds like it. Sadly, this really is the better one of the 2 so far.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
5 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

HaHaHa! Oh dear. Yeah

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Mental breakdowns are surely depressing and not much fun? This is not that, it seems more light hearted and joyous.

Zisk
Zisk
5 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

You can have a manic breakdown. Which is very much OTT joyous.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
5 months ago

OMG, what happened to the recording? Surely it wasn’t supposed to sound like that. Perhaps there has been a mistake, and it needs reuploading? What a bizarre moment in this national final season! Thanks Ailsha and RTÉ. At least you grabbed my attention with that track. 🙂

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

It might still be at advanced demo stage, like Connolly last year. These acts are expected to turn in a finished product without any support from the broadcaster.

Liv
Liv
5 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

The song isn’t out yet. That’s a recording of a radio play.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
5 months ago
Reply to  Liv

Even for a radio playback, compared with the others it’s like: Whaaat?
At least it stands out though. It’ll probably win Eurosong now. 😛

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
5 months ago

So, where do I begin with this one? It’s chaotic. It’s crazy. Musically, it’s a hot mess in it’s current state, but there are a lot of positives. It’s unlike anything Ireland has ever dared to propose before. It also serves as a social commentary on how badly the Irish language is taught to schoolkids. We learn it for fourteen years in primary and secondary school, only to forget most of what we learn when school ends, beyond just “go tobann” and “an bhfuil cead agam dul go dtí an leithreas?” (because what kid actually wants to study “An Triail”… Read more »

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago

I’ll wait for the live version with this one. The sound mixing is done so poorly, that I can’t have a fair opinion on the song.

Darren
Darren
5 months ago

Noooo :/

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Why is she asking to go to the toilet?

Paul
Paul
5 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Its one of the few phrases any irish person remembers

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Thanks. Is this supposed to be a fun song, or a lamenting of how colonial Brits wiped out her native language? Or both?

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
5 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

A fun song taking the Mickey out of how we Irish go through 14 years of learning the Irish language in primary and secondary school, only to forget most of it when school is over. ?

Paul
Paul
5 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Bit of both, certainly a bit of a joke that only a few phrases are retained due to the pretty awful way Irish is taught in school too

Ari
Ari
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Maybe she should have asked the Junior Eurovision team to help her with the song.

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
5 months ago

Even though the production sounds messy, it is still a more interesting song than the previous one… hope this song have a revamp

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago

Not a great production mix, must do better!

Leo M
Leo M
5 months ago

There’s elements I like, some I don’t – sounds like a number of songs just meshed together. Kudos for thinking outside the box rather than the generic safe entries we get, but this might be too outside the box

Hello hi
Hello hi
5 months ago

Different and not generic like the other song. However really hard to follow and not an instant ear worm it needs to be . Should be aiming for GO A standards, instead it’s more Triana park , stretching at that . Expected more from her considering what better content she has on Spotify

Eoghan
Eoghan
5 months ago

Can’t wait to hear the studio version which is released this Friday! This genre is something we have never sent before and added bonus of Irish lyrics! The potential for the staging is soo exciting, it just needs to get through the dreaded late late show ?

Sometimes
Sometimes
5 months ago

It sounds like 2 songs playing at same time, vocals are a bit quiet next to the music, but i am excited to see how it sounds live.

Bejba
Bejba
4 months ago
Reply to  Sometimes

Like a car crash.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago

A video game composer? How interesting! And she grew up in Dingle? I’ve been there MULTIPLE times! The song seems to use quite a bit of Irish and so has a lot of potential! Sounds very pixelated! It’s got a lot of potential on a Eurovision stage so watch this space. She needs DANCERS.

Ari
Ari
5 months ago

Terribly noisy but I’m kinda curious to see how this will be performed live in the glamorous Late Late Show Studio.

JadeMalmo
JadeMalmo
5 months ago

It is too messy! Irish speakers are not going to be fans of the Irish language in this track. It does not make sense and it is full of childish phrases such as ‘can I go to the toilet?’

I appreciate the change in direction of the usual Irish entrants but if is not a qualifier.

Paul
Paul
5 months ago

I LOVE it, needs a polish for sure but this is the kind of song we need to send. The boring ballads and tired pop doesnt work for us, I’ve been screaming for some As Gaeilge, some alt music like metal or rap, some folk elements. Something inherently Irish, if it works for Moldova, Ukraine etc to lean into their nations culture and make it sound modern then why can’t we do similar?

Bejba
Bejba
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Because simply you can’t, Ireland. It’s crazy how the queen of the past Eurovisions became a bottom ESC country. Sending a messy electro song doesn’t make you avant-garde, neither progressive, it just makes you desperate. Stuck to your usual style, 90’s pop and dull ballads.

Lunairetic707
Lunairetic707
5 months ago

Both this song and the one from Bambie Thug (that it seems it will be part of the selection as well, if leaks are real) are so alternative and out of the box if we talk about Ireland, probably the most conservative country of the whole Eurovision… That “musical conservadurism” is what, in my opinion, is stopping them from a second golden era. Ireland HAS the talent to create beautiful music; they just need to wake up. I believe these alternative sounds help in order to achieve that. About Ailsha’s song, it sounds messy, but a revamp could help, so… Read more »

SarahM
SarahM
5 months ago

If Crash Bandicoot was set in Ireland, this would be the soundtrack and I’m here for it ?
I’m very excited about this song. I’d like to see Ireland take a risk this year, fingers crossed for a great live performance. The production may need a bit of a clean up, but the single is out Friday, so time will tell. This is an ear worm, love it.

Bualadh bos! Maith an cailín!

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
5 months ago

Such a chaotic mess. I stopped listening at 2.00min in the track.
And I used to listen to punk, industrial, teckno and hardcore which I liked.
And why the producer or directors choose this tittle for the track? It could be turned on the socials like Tik Tok easily in a huge meme. “Go Tallibann……………………) not very well thought about imo.Just saying.
I wish Ailsha all the best for Eurosong 24.

Peter
Peter
5 months ago

What’s that Lady Gaga song again… oh yeaaaa… Noise, Noise, Noise

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
5 months ago

Are you sure it’s the final product? I find the production messy, the beat is interesting, the mix of genres too, but the overall result of all that feels weird to me. Never heard a song like this from Ireland so it would be original though, good luck to her!

Jamie
Jamie
5 months ago

Grimes vibe big time, I kinda love it

Grft
Grft
5 months ago

This track is insane
Very Grimes
I wish the mix was a bit less chaotic so that mainstream people can appreciate her vocals / the traditional musical elements. Right now it’s a bit TOO chaotic.
But it’s very promising… if they revamp it and the live version is good, this could stand out

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
5 months ago

Well its different!