Irish-American Aoife O’Donovan is a singer-songwriter who grew up in Newton, Massachusetts but spent her summers in Ireland singing songs with her extended family. Bob Dylan and Joan Baez peaked her interest in American Folk music. In 2003 she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied contemporary improvisation.
She was the lead singer for the progressive bluegrass string band Crooked Still and also a member of the folk-noir trio Sometymes Why. She has performed and recorded with Ollabelle, Karan Casey and Seamus Egan, Jerry Douglas, Jim Lauderdale, Darol Anger, Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins, Christina Courtin, Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers), Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers), Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Utah Symphony Orchestra. She was also guest vocalist on the 2013 Grammy winning The Goat Rodeo Sessions.
Her songwriting was noticed by Alison Krauss, who recorded O’Donovan’s Lay My Burden Down. She released her first solo recording, Blue Light, on 2010. In November 2012, Aoife signed a deal with Yep Roe Records. A single, “Red & White & Blue & Gold” was released April 2, 2013, and her full-length debut album, “Fossils”, produced by Tucker Martine, was released on June 11, 2013.
In 2015, Aoife toured extensively with Sara Watkins (a founding member of Nickel Creek) and Sarah Jarosz under the combined tour banner of “I’m with Her”. This combo came about after an impromptu performance at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival. In 2016 Aoife released her sophomore solo studio album on Yep Roe Records, titled “In The Magic Hour” as well as “Man In A Neon Coat: Live From Cambridge.”