Aoife O'donovan has worked with musical virtuosos Yo-Yo Ma & Chris Thile, fronted the neo-folk-bluegrass band, Crooked Still and now she is emerging with her own musical project.
I was first introduced to Aoife's angelic vocals whilst working at the Woodford Folk Festival [Australia] in 2011. The Crooked Still album was on constant rotation around the office and accompanied my co-workers in the car at all times; needless to say, her voice backed by the strings of Crooked Still was something of an instant obsession. Their live performances at the festival were nothing short of perfection.
Aoife's vocals inhabited my iPod whenever in transit - this was the case as I took my seat on the flight back stateside. As I turned up the volume on my iPod [Still (pun intended) in rotation], I looked over to make room for my seat neighbor...who was none other than Aoife O'Donovan herself. That ACTUALLY happened. This situation caused some dilemmas, namely the fact that I was not going to stop listening to her on my iPod - creepy? You be the judge of that...
After sharing PBRs and discussing the Nashville scene, Odessa Jorgensen and Chris Thile, we continued the banter the following evening at an olde-time folk jam at a Brooklyn bar. She mentioned that she and Crooked Still were parting ways and she was pursuing a solo career. I was saddened, although exuberant to hear her sound independent from the band she had been with for nearly a decade.
Aoife has finished recording her debut solo album, 'Fossils' and it will be released tomorrow via Yep Roc Records. In support of the new album, she is embarking on a summer-long US tour. Her new sound showcases her heavenly vocals alongside a classically Americana outfit; her voice is unique and delicate, and could best be described as 'healing.'
Watch her performance for one of the album's strongest tracks "Red & White & Blue & Gold" for Folk Alley.