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Aoife O’Donovan (USA)

The first time Aoife O’Donovan performed at Tønder Festival was in 2006, when she led the progressive bluegrass band Crooked Still. At once, the Tønder audiences were taken with Aoife O’Donovan’s round, soft singing voice. Since then, her solo career has accelerated, and three solo albums have materialised from O’Donovan. The most recent, Age of Apathy, came out 2022. The songs on the record touch on the isolation and loneliness that arise in an increasingly apathetic world. The disc brought accolades from the critics, and O’Donovan is now compared to Joni Mitchell at her best. This year (2023), Aoife O’Donovan was nominated for three Grammies for Age of Apathy and for the Tim O’Brien song Prodigal Daughter. Here, she sings with Allison Russell, who will be remembered from last year’s Tønder Festival. Alongside her busy solo career, Aoife O’Donovan has joined up with Tønder favourites Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins in the trio I’m With Her. The trio won a Grammy in 2020 for the songen Call My Name. During the corona lockdown, Aiofe O’Donovan recorded and released all the songs on Springsteen’s Nebraska. In Tønder this year, O’Donovan will sing The Boss’ songs at a special concert where she presents the full, legendary album. Aoife O’Donovan will also be giving a concert of songs from Age of Apathy.