Aoife O’Donovan Band at PSU Silver Center September 14

August 29th, 2012 by Elizabeth

Singer O’Donovan is Renowned for her Ability to Breathe Magic into Songs

Aoife O'Donovan

PLYMOUTH, N.H. —The Aoife O’Donovan Band will open the 2012-13 Silver Series at Plymouth State University with a concert in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center Friday, September 14 at 8 p.m.

Aoife (EEF-ah) O’Donovan grew up in a musical family, immersed in folk music. She went on to study contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory School of Music and had her first professional engagement singing lead for the folk group The Wayfaring Strangers. She has toured 10 countries, performed with the Boston Pops and the Utah Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared on innumerable radio and television programs.

For the past decade, O’Donovan has been fronting the alt-bluegrass/string band Crooked Still, which she formed when she was 18. Most recently she appeared as guest vocalist on the compact disc and PBS special Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and Chris Thile. Thile commented in an interview that O’Donovan is “one of my favorite people to sing with in the whole world. She has such a free and easy delivery.”

O’Donovan maintains a wide variety of side projects and collaborations, working with Ollabelle, Jerry Douglas, Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins. This summer she performed with Lyle Lovett and at all the major music festivals. “… her naturalistic phrasing and effortless control belie the complex structural ideas swirling around her. In an alluring, soft-spoken husk, she sings with complete emotional credibility, whether navigating dense, jazzy slides or haunted old-timey trills,” according to The Boston Globe.

As a songwriter, O’Donovan’s natural talent recently came to the attention of Alison Krauss who recorded “Lay My Burden Down” and included it on her Grammy Award-wining album Paper Airplane.

Tickets for the concert are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

Information about the Silver Center Programs is online at

General information about PSU events is online at ThisWeek@PSU,

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