Backstage Chats with Women In Music
Ali Dineen Speaks Truth to Power in Her Latest LP
Feb 20, 2020 · 35 min
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Ali Dineen is a singer-songwriter and musician based in New York City. She’s performed her original music from the American folk tradition at the Savannah Music Festival, the American Folk Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Folk Festival, just to name a few. Ali’s lyrics have been described as poetic and deeply personal. When talking about her new EP, Hold On, she said, “This album grew out of personal heartbreak, and the feeling of a collective heartbreak as we’ve watched the world descend farther into fascism and irreversible climate catastrophe… It took moving through heartbreak and disillusionment and grief, to arrive not at ecstasy or a belief that everything will be okay, but at the realization that life continues somehow and is resilient… no matter how long we’ve got, we need to love, and fight relentlessly for one another.” Ali was recently awarded a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation residency in Taos, New Mexico, where she’s spending the winter working on her next creative endeavor. Credits: Hosted and produced by Eleanor Bennett. Executive Producer is Thea Wood. "Hold On" and "Prayer" by Ali Dineen. Voiceover by Cathryn Wood. Photo by by Alexis Lim, styling by Athena Zammit. Album art by Ali Dineen.


In this episode, Ali Dineen covers:

  • How leaving a hand-written note on a stranger’s door led her to a lifelong friend and mentor
  • Intersections between her own music and the larger histories of the American folk tradition
  • Why her personal encounters with pain and grief have allowed her to know joy
  • Paying homage to folk traditions and spirituals from the US, the oldest of which were created by black people suffering under slavery and terrible oppression


Host: Eleanor Bennett

Production: Eleanor Bennett

Executive Producer: Thea Wood

Voiceover: Cathryn Wood

Photos by Alexis Lim, styling by Athena Zammit

Album art by Ali Dineen

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