Watch Recent Performances On CBS Saturday Morning & The Kelly Clarkson Show
O’Donovan Is Nominated For 3 GRAMMYs (Best Folk Album, Best American Roots Performance & Best American Roots Song), As Well As Best Album & Best Song at Folk Alliance International's International Folk Music Awards.
Today, Aoife O’Donovan shares a spare, melancholic version of Sharon Van Etten’s “I Love You But I’m Lost,” the latest preview of The Apathy Sessions, a deluxe edition of her multiple GRAMMY-nominated 2022 album Age Of Apathy due out Friday. Aoife's known for her incredible ability as an interpreter of songs — she's nailed covers of Townes Van Zandt, The National, Joni Mitchell, and, earlier this month, Bill Callahan's "Drover" — and this performance is no different.
Listen to “I Love You But I’m Lost” here.
Age Of Apathy is now nominated for the Best Folk Album GRAMMY as well as Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song, both of those for “Prodigal Daughter” featuring Allison Russell. She's also nominated for Best Album and Best Song at Folk Alliance International's International Folk Music Awards.
Ahead of next month’s GRAMMYs, Aoife has made a bevy of television appearances.
Last weekend she performed on CBS Saturday Morning. Watch that here.
And earlier this week, she performed “Prodigal Daughter” alongside Allison Russell for The Kelly Clarkson Show. Watch that here.
Recorded through a unique residency with Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, O’Donovan wrote and recorded Age Of Apathy on-site at their studio with GRAMMY-nominated engineer Darren Schneider while collaborating entirely remotely with producer Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens).
Rolling Stone has called Age Of Apathy “stunning,” NPR Music “a moving self-portrait,” and No Depression “an astounding accomplishment.” Pitchfork says O’Donovan “taps into the propulsion of prime Joni Mitchell,” while The New York Times praises the album’s “musical surprises: daring melodic leaps, unexpected chord progressions, [and] subtle rhythmic shifts.”
In late 2021, O’Donovan shared an album-length live cover performance of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska for Bandcamp Friday. Soon she'll be taking her version of Nebraska on tour in the UK and US. “The original album was desperate and dark, with doubt coursing through its tracks like murky blood,” says The New York Times. “O’Donovan treats them as canon, saluting Springsteen’s songcraft with clear, pitch-perfect articulation and affable delivery.” Full dates can be found below.
Listen to Age Of Apathy here.
ABOUT AOIFE O’DONOVAN
GRAMMY Award-winning artist Aoife O’Donovan operates in a thrilling musical world beyond genre. Deemed “a vocalist of unerring instinct” by the New York Times, she has released three critically-acclaimed and boundary-blurring solo albums including her most recent record, 2022’s boldly orchestrated and literarily crafted Age Of Apathy. Recorded and written over the course of Winter and Spring 2021 with acclaimed producer Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens), Age Of Apathy is “stunning” (Rolling Stone) and “taps into the propulsion of prime Joni Mitchell” (Pitchfork). Age of Apathy is nominated for 3 GRAMMY awards including Best Folk Album.
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 front woman of the string band, Crooked Still and is the featured vocalist 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.”
Aoife O’Donovan Plays Nebraska
Jan 30 — London, UK @ Kings Place
Jan 31 — Glasgow, UK @ Center For Contemporary Arts
Feb 1 — Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor %
Feb 2 — Leeds, UK @ Left Bank
Mar 15 — Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere ^
Mar 16 — New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
Mar 17 — Cambridge, MA @ Sanders Theatre ^
Mar 18 — Brownfield, ME @ Stone Mountain Arts
Apr 12 — Stoughton, WI @ Stoughton Opera House *
Apr 13 — Evanston, IL @ SPACE *
Apr 14 — St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
Apr 15 — St. Louis, MO @ Sheldon Concert Hall *
Apr 16 — Nashville, TN @ Basement East *
% = performing with the Age Of Apathy band
^ = with very special guests Hawktail
* = with very special guests The Westerlies
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