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Tuesday Tune: “Fire Engine” by Aoife O’Donovan

September 10, 2013

Aoife O’Donovan

Aoife O’Donovan‘s sound has been described as “a must-listen blend of bluegrass, folk and back-porch Americana” by Rolling Stone. She is the lead singer for alternative bluegrass band Crooked Still and has collaborated with a variety of notable artists including Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma and Kathy Mattea. Catching the eye of bluegrass crooner Alison Krauss helped launch her to fame in bluegrass and Americana circles when she recorded Aoife’s “Lay My Burden Down” in 2011.

Aoife (EEE-fah, if you’re wondering) branched out from her lead-singing duties with Crooked Still to release her debut solo album “Fossils” in June of this year. The album received rave reviews. The Guardian said she’s “an impressive writer, with gently mournful songs that at times are reminiscent of Joni Mitchell.”

Aoife often appears on the lineup of popular music festivals and venues including Bonnaroo, the Grand Ole Opry, the Ottowa Jazz Festival and North Carolina’s own MerleFest. In an interview with The New York Times, Aoife said something that makes it clear to me why she is a fan favorite among live performers:

“I come from a traditional music school background, and I want every note I sing to be full of purpose. When you have to sing the same song every night, you can phone it in, but then it stops being fun for you and the people who show up. You have to access whatever it was that inspired you to write the song and get to that place every single night.”

Listen to Aoife perform “Fire Engine” from her debut solo album “Fossils.”

Don’t miss Aoife O’Donovan live in an intimate Stage Door Theater performance Sept. 21 and 22. Buy tickets now!

*** Contest alert: Enter for a chance to win two tickets to Aoife O’Donovan’s Sept. 21 show and a gift card to BlackFinn on our Facebook page. Enter via this link: by 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13.***

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