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Live Music

Aoife O'Donovan

When: Sat., Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. 2015

As the founder/frontwoman of alt-bluegrass band Crooked Still and a member of Americana trio Sometymes Why, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Aoife (pronounced "Ee-fuh") O'Donovan has long lent her lullaby-like voice to full bands. However, since the release of her 2013 debut solo album, Fossils, O'Donovan has successfully established herself as a confident solo performer with an ear for simple but beautiful melodies and traditionally informed arrangements. And while her understated music is hauntingly lovely on its own, O'Donovan's voice takes it somewhere completely magical. Perfectly accompanied by pedal steel and rolling acoustic guitar, that voice is particularly striking on "Lay My Burden Down," and something about "Oh, Mama"—with the wistful line "When I was a sailor, you were my land"—will make you feel like everything is going to be OK. (Kolbie Stonehocker)

Price: $20 and up