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Aoife O’Donovan – Tickets – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA – June 8th, 2013

Aoife O'Donovan

Fossils CD Release Tour

Aoife O'Donovan

Dietrich Strause and the Chaperones

Sat, June 8, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15 advance / $17 day of show

This event is 18 and over

The Sinclair is general admission standing room only.
Tickets available at TICKETMASTER.COM, or by phone at 800-745-3000. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM, or at the Royale box office Fridays from 12-6PM.

Aoife O'Donovan
Aoife O'Donovan
The thing about fossils is that they take a very long time in the making, and it's not an entirely intentional process. The making of Aoife O'Donovan's debut album Fossils has hardly been a glacial affair, but it has spent rather more than a decade forming about in her creative subconscious. It was time well spent, for she's crafted a beautiful, timeless record, the natural evolution of an accomplished singer and songwriter.

The album's roots stretch back to Aoife's time at the New England Conservatory, where she dreamed of one day recording an album with celebrated producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Tift Merritt). Upon graduation, Aoife (pronounced "ee-fuh") hit the road as the lead singer and principal songwriter/song-finder of Crooked Still, which grew into one of the world's most acclaimed progressive string groups over the ensuing decade. The stunning versatility and appeal of her voice brought her to the attention of some of the most eminent names in music and led to collaborations across a wide variety of genres with everyone from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas, along with a role as vocalist on the Grammy-winning Goat Rodeo Sessions alongside Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan.

O'Donovan never forgot the call of that solo record, though, and last year she headed to Portland, OR, to fulfill her dream and record with Martine. Rich in songs and unexpected textures, the resulting album bears the remarkable fruits of their creative partnership. Both joyously open and profoundly private, the album is at all times an opportunity to enjoy O'Donovan's thoroughly modern and deeply rooted vocals.

The album opens with “Lay My Burden Down,” perhaps O'Donovan's best-known song simply because Alison Krauss recorded it on Paper Airplane. O'Donovan acknowledges the risk in this choice, and the reward. “One of my uncles loves to say that nobody owns songs, and I think that's true. My version is so different from hers, and it really sets a nice tone for the record,” she says.

O'Donovan and Martine have carefully placed her songs in a variety of musical settings, from the chorus of horns which opens “Thursday's Child” to the country-rock of “Fire Engine,” from Charlie Rose's pedal steel, running throughout Fossils, to the sometimes squalling electric guitar on “Beekeeper." It is a rooted album, to be sure, but not precisely a roots album.

O'Donovan chuckles a little. “I guess it just feels totally natural,” she says. “It's how a lot of these songs have just come to life over the years."

Most of O'Donovan's songs are character-driven, and many of them resemble portions of the folk traditions in which she was raised. The second track, “Briar Rose,” for example, is based on an Anne Sexton poem, a recontextualized fairytale. Though she will concede that a couple tracks are somewhat more personal.

And that she is quite properly proud of Fossils. “This solo album seems like it was a long time coming to me,” she says, the sounds of an airport in the background. “I've been thinking about it since I was 18 years old."

Time well-spent. Fossils, after all, are among nature's most durable, lasting creations.
Dietrich Strause and the Chaperones
Dietrich Strause and the Chaperones
Dietrich Strause owns one of the finer collections of songs on the Boston music scene. Strause's creations come at you first with their simple charm, a lot of which resides in his gentle persona and friendly attitude. It's hard not to like this kid. And this kid is as mature and tested as any of his local songwriting elders. His first gigs were as a trumpet player at biker bars in central Pennsylvania. He was only 15. He moved to Boston after attending Oberlin College four years ago because there was extra room in the van when he was helping his friend move into law school. He's worked as a dog-walker, a subject in medical research studies, and records music for Chinese textbooks. All of this comes out in his own music, which is a comfortable and careful mix of real journeys, clever literary references, and striking imagery. You can tell he's grateful for his skills as a songwriter. With two full-length albums in less than three years, he's certainly embraced it. Strause's songs are versatile—personal, but universal enough to hook the masses. He is currently working on his third full length album, being produced by Austin Nevins, with his live band and frequent collaborators; an outfit of some of the Boston area's finest musicians, who have toured and recorded with Josh Ritter, Patty Griffin, and Ray Lamontagne. He has shared the stage with artists such as The David Wax Museum, Brown Bird, Ben Sollee, and Rose Cousins.

"He writes poignantly about romance, innocence and the opposite poles of country vs. city life. …a first-rate lyricist…"
– Steve Morse, former music critic at the Boston Globe

"The songs are beautiful and moving. His subjects and sincere, stripped-down delivery call up all of the modern legends of song craft—Jeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams, and Jim James—and the sentiments linger for days, the ashtray always nearby."
– Jeff Wallace, My Secret Boston

"Dietrich's intricate, feathery-light guitar playing and smooth, clear vocals bring him aesthetically closer to folk than lit-rock, strictly speaking, but lyrically, his bibliophilic style is reminiscent of poetry-prose artists like The Weakerthans or The Decemberists. 'Smart' music can sometimes run the risk of coming off erudite and snobbish, but Dietrich seems like the boy next door who breathes clean, country air."
- The New England Deli Magazine
Venue Information:
The Sinclair
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138

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