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Aoife O’Donovan Performs For NPR Tiny Desk Ahead Of Kennedy Center Joni Mitchell Tribute

Joins Renée Fleming, Lalah Hathaway, Raul Midón, Moses Sumney & Vince Mendoza at Love: A Joni Mitchell Songbook On May 25 + 26

Will Tour Heavily In The Fall, Including Europe and Dates With Hiss Golden Messenger

“A set of quietly startling songs that are at once intimate and ambitious, autobiographical and metaphysical.” — New York Times

“Stunning…O’Donovan meditates on road-tripping to Neil Young, finds deep meaning in a rescued bird, and collapses time on “What Do You Want From Yourself?”, a title that sums up this album’s self-searching power.” — Rolling Stone

Listen To Age Of Apathy HERE

Today, Aoife O’Donovan stars in an all new NPR Tiny Desk that features the GRAMMY- and Americana Award-winning singer and songwriter performing songs from her acclaimed, Joe Henry-produced (Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens) new album Age Of Apathy. As ever, the performance is filled with “musical surprises: daring melodic leaps, unexpected chord progressions, [and] subtle rhythmic shifts” (NY Times). 

Watch Aoife O’Donovan perform for NPR Tiny Desk here.

The Tiny Desk concert comes ahead of a very special upcoming Kennedy Center performance for O’Donovan at Love: A Joni Mitchell Songbook. Scheduled for May 25 and 26, O’Donovan joins performers including Renée Fleming, Lalah Hathaway, Raul Midón, and Moses Sumney. The group will be led by six-time Grammy Award winner and 25-time nominee Vince Mendoza, who won two Grammys® for his arrangement of “Both Sides Now,” from Mitchell’s album of the same name, and for “Woodstock” from Travelogue.

O’Donovan, who Pitchfork says “taps into the propulsion of prime Joni Mitchell” on Age Of Apathy, says of the performance: “I am thrilled and honored to be included in the Kennedy Center’s tribute to Joni Mitchell later this month with the NSO, led by Vince Mendoza. I can’t wait to join Renée Fleming, Lalah Hathaway, Moses Sumney and Raul Midón in singing Joni’s songs.”

Tickets for Love: A Joni Mitchell Songbook can be purchased here.

Age Of Apathy has being recognized as one of the year’s strongest records. Rolling Stone called the album “stunning,” NPR Music “a moving self-portrait” and No Depression “an astounding accomplishment.” O’Donovan also was the subject of a Jon Pareles-penned The New York Times profile, read that here.

Listen to Age Of Apathy here:

Aoife O’Donovan will continue touring Age Of Apathy throughout 2022, including an already sold-out date at Nightgrass as part of Aoife, Sierra & Friends, her collaboration with Sierra Hull; shows with Hiss Golden Messenger; and an extensive European tour, which includes an all-new announced London date at Kings Place on February 4, 2023. See full dates below.



Aoife O'Donovan operates in a thrilling musical world beyond genre. Deemed “a vocalist of unerring instinct” by The New York Times, she has previously released two critically-acclaimed and boundary-blurring solo albums including In the Magic Hour, which Rolling Stone hailed for its "Impressionistic, atmospheric songs [that] relay their narratives against gorgeous pastoral backdrops."  

A savvy and generous collaborator, Aoife is one third of the group I’m With Her with bandmates Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. The trio’s debut album, See You Around, was hailed as "willfully open-hearted” by NPR Music. I’m With Her earned an Americana Music Association Award in 2019 for Duo/Group of the Year, and a Grammy-award in 2020 for Best American Roots Song.

O'Donovan spent the preceding decade as co-founder and frontwoman of the string band, Crooked Still and is the featured vocalist and a songwriting contributor on The Goat Rodeo Sessions - the group with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile. She has appeared as a featured vocalist with over a dozen symphonies including the National Symphony Orchestra, written for Alison Krauss, performed with jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, and spent a decade as a regular contributor to the radio variety shows "Live From Here” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”


May 13 - Hamilton, MT - Bitterroot Performing Arts Center ^

May 14 - Denver, CO - First Baptist Church ^ 

May 20 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre*

May 21 - Lexington, VA - Lime Kiln Theater*

May 22 - Norfolk, VA - Virginia Arts Festival: Perry Pavilion

May 25 - Washington DC - The Kennedy Center Concert Hall !

May 26 - Washington DC - The Kennedy Center Concert Hall !

June 16 - Telluride, CO - Telluride Bluegrass Festival

June 18 - Telluride, CO - Sheridan Opera House

June 25 - Mount Solon, VA - Red Wing Roots Festival

June 26 - Charleston, WV - Mountain Stage, Culture Center Theater

July 21 - Jackson, WY - Grand Teton Music Festival

July 23 - Guelph, ON - Hillside Festival

Aug 12 - Westport, CT - Levitt Pavilion#

Aug 13 - Hammondsport, NY - Pavilion At Point Of The Bluff

Aug 15 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Listening Lawn

Aug 16 - Indianapolis, IN - Hi-Fi Annex

Aug 18 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Cain Park Evans Amphitheater

Aug 19 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark

Aug 20 - Chautauqua, NY - Chautauqua Amphitheater

Aug 23 - Hartford, CT - Infinity Music Hall, Hartford

Aug 24 - Jersey City, NJ - White Eagle Hall

Aug 26 - Vineyard Haven, MA - Beach Road Weekender

Aug 27 - Lowell, MA - Lowell Summer Music Series

Sep 23-25 - North Adams, MA - Freshgrass Music Festival


^ support from Taylor Ashton

* support from The Wildmans

# with Hiss Golden Messenger

! performing with the National Symphony Orchestra, Renée Fleming, Lalah Hathaway, Moses Sumney



June 2 - Manchester, UK - Hallé St. Peter's *

June 3 - Dublin, IRE - Liberty Hall *

June 4 - Cork, IRE - St. Luke’s *

June 5 - Belfast, UK - The Black Box *

June 7 - Budapest, HU - House of Hungarian Music

June 8 - Vienna, AT - Haus Der Musik

June 10 - Copenhagen, DK - CPH Americana

June 11 - Stockholm, SE - STHLM Americana

June 12 - Oslo, NO - Oslo Americana

October 28 - Copenhagen, DK - Musikhuset ^

Oct 31 - Cambridge, UK - Junction 2 ^

Nov 1 - Birmingham, UK - St. Paul’s Church ^

Nov 2 - London, UK - Barbican Milton Court Concert Hall ^

Nov 3 - Bristol, UK - St. Thomas ^

Nov 5 - Goningen, NL - TakeRoot Festival

Nov 7 - Utrecht, NL - Tivolivredenburg (Cloud 9) ^

Nov 8 - Gent, BE - Handelsbeurs ^


^ support from Donovan Woods

* support from Will Troy



February 4 - London, UK - Kings Place


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