UK shows – including London’s Dingwalls (Wed, January 29)
“Fossils signals the arrival of a serious talent” Album of the Week – Sunday Times
“Shimmering folk-rock beauty” **** – Uncut
“O’Donovan is surely the next Americana celebrity” **** – Guardian
“Moody Americana – with teeth – from the Stateside Laura Marling “ – Q Magazine
a vocalist of unerring instinct” – NY Times
“A stunning solo debut” ***** – Maverick Magazine
“Fossils shines with O’Donovan’s wonderful singing” **** – Daily Telegraph
“the newest darling of the Americana set” – USA Today
“O’Donovan has a fragile heart melting voice and is a fine songwriter” **** – Mojo
Watch the video to ‘Beekeeper’ here:
Aoife O’Donovan has announced a four-date tour of the UK in support of her critically acclaimed debut solo album Fossils. The live dates follow a sold-out show at London’s Slaughtered Lamb in November and will include Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Sunday, January 26 – as part of this year’s Celtic Connections – and London’s Dingwalls on Wednesday, January 29.
O’Donovan is known as the lead singer of Crooked Still and Sometymes Why, and for singing on the 2013 Grammy winning The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan. Aoife also sang on Noam Pikelny’s 2013 Grammy nominated album Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail. She received high praise for her performance at last year’s Transatlantic Sessions and the stunning versatility and appeal of her voice has brought her to the attention of some of the most eminent names across roots, classical, bluegrass, and jazz, from Alison Krauss and Punch Brothers, to the Boston Pops and Dave Douglas.
Produced by Tucker Martine (the Decemberists / My Morning Jacket), Fossils features 10 original songs by O’Donovan and contributions from friends and frequent collaborators, including Sam Amidon and Dave Douglas. The album was recorded in Portland, OR, and Aoife’s adopted home of New York City. Rich in songs and unexpected textures, the resulting album bears the remarkable fruits of O’Donovan’s and Martine’s creative partnership.
Most of O’Donovan’s songs are character driven, and many of them resemble portions of the folk traditions in which she was raised. Album opener “Lay My Burden Down” may already be familiar to music fans via Alison Krauss’ interpretation of the track on her 2011 album Paper Airplane, whilst “Briar Rose” is based on an Anne Sexton poem, a recontextualized fairytale. Throughout, O’Donovan and Martine have been careful to place her songs in a variety of musical settings that show the forceful power and resolute grace drawn from the deep well of emotion in Aoife’s voice.
UK live dates:
Wed, January 29 Dingwalls London *
Thu, January 30 The Art Bar Oxford
Fri, January 31 Latest Music Bar Brighton
* With full band
For tickets, please go to www.songkick.com