Boston-born Aoife O’Donovan (pronounced “ee-fah”) is known for her ethereal vocals and substantive songwriting. Her powerful performances — including appearances everywhere from Glastonbury to Newport Folk to Roskilde — continue to garner her praise in the folk world and beyond with “the ability to surprise an audience with the contrast between her gentle appearance at the microphone and the invisible punch of her performance.” – The Guardian
O’Donovan’s 2013 solo debut, Fossils (Yep Roc), is celebrated by American Songwriter as “that of a seasoned and experienced performer — one whose haunting folk tunes are beautifully matched by her own mellifluous vocals” and declared a “must listen” by Rolling Stone.
Rich in tender vocals and unexpected textures, Fossils, bears the remarkable fruits of a creative partnership with grammy-nominated producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists).
While Fossils may technically be a debut of it’s own kind for O’Donovan, the singer-songwriter has built up an impressive resume. After graduating from the New England Conservatory she spent the better part of a decade as the lead singer and principal songwriter/song-finder of Crooked Still, which grew into one of the world’s most acclaimed progressive string groups over the ensuing decade. The stunning versatility and appeal of her voice brought her to the attention of some of the most eminent names in music and led to collaborations across a wide variety of genres with everyone from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas to Mary Chapin Carpenter and regular appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, along with a role as vocalist on the Grammy-winning Goat Rodeo Sessions alongside Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan.
2015 features the start of O’Donovan’s newest collaboration – a trio with Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. The I’m With Her tour which debuted in Glasgow at Celtic Connections, and tours throughout the spring in the UK before playing handful of shows in North America.