Live Review: Aoife O’Donovan w/ Yasmin Williams @ The Kennedy Center — 2/25/22

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Aoife O’ Donovan (Photo by Omar Cruz)

Singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan may have achieved her greatest visibility through her collaborative projects: the bluegrass groups Sometimes Why and Crooked Still, and the all-female Americana supergroup I’m With Her (with Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins). She’s been making critically acclaimed Americana records and performing as a solo artist for a decade now, however, and she is a compelling artist in her own right, a gifted writer and a talented performer and interpreter with a beautiful voice and a passion for classic folk songs and great songwriters.

Aoife’s recent appearance at The Kennedy Center was therefore must-see viewing for fans of American and folks music.

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Live Review: Aoife O’Donovan @ Wolf Trap — 7/28/21

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Aoife O’Donovan performs at Wolf Trap on July 28, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)

When singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan last appeared at Wolf Trap four years ago, she performed in the trio I’m With Her as part of the American Acoustic package tour, which also included the Punch Brothers. At the time, she noted, she was seven months pregnant; she referenced this in one of the evening’s songs, “Elevators.”

Aoife reappeared at Wolf Trap recently as a solo headliner. Normally, she told the audience, Wolf Trap is a venue where she would be an opener, but, because the venue is running at low capacity for social distancing, she was given the opportunity to headline.

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Preview: Aoife O’Donovan @ Wolf Trap, 7/28/21

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Aoife O’Donovan (Photo by Rich Gilligan)

Recently, Grammy-winner Aoife O’Donovan released two new, original songs — “More Than We Know” and “Captain’s Clock.” It’s the debut of a collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry (Rhiannon Giddens, Bonnie Raitt) that will yield more music in the coming months.

Meanwhile, Aoife headlines Wolf Trap on Wednesday, July 28!

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Music Park: I’m With Her @ 9:30 Club — 3/13/18

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I’m With Her perform at 9:30 Club on March 13, 2018. (Photo by Parklife DC)

An Americana supergroup? Surely, the term “supergroup” is reserved for the likes of classic jam bands and motley metalheads? But yes, Americana trio I’m With Her certainly took its place among the pantheon of supergroups in a sold-out show at 9:30 Club recently.

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