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Truly Bradley Deeply
She scored a job at a time of record youth unemployment. So what persuaded Allie Bradley to give it all up for a life of rock and roll?
Colin Carberry, 23 Aug 2012
“Well, first off: make sure it makes sense geographically. It sounds straightforward, but it can ruin everything if you don’t pay attention and get it right from the start. Also – budget your money. I was quite lucky, but there are things that crop up that you don’t account for – simple wee things: toll bridges, diesel, the price of beer in the South.”
Which makes it all sound like a lot of hard work. You wonder if Allie ever wonders if she’s made the right decision.
“That’s what my brother said,” she laughs. “He was touring with me – he asked me If I wasn’t sick of travelling and singing. But I genuinely wasn’t. I loved every minute of it. Even the hassle – even the gigs where no-one turns up. You need to turn situations to your own benefit. I’ve been lucky not to have too many nights like that, but I’d be lying if I said to you it never happened. I just use them to perfect new songs. It’s all about having the right attitude. Keeping that enthusiasm going. I was busking on my afternoons off.”
The rest of the year promises to keep Allie just as busy. Another EP is in the offing, and more tours are being arranged.
“I’m just delighted to be doing this,” she says. “I’ve no regrets about taking the plunge because I want to do this for the rest of my life.”
'Two' is out now.