Following 3 GRAMMY Nominations, Aoife O’Donovan Shares Acoustic Version Of “Age Of Apathy”

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Saturday, December 3, 2022

Aoife O’Donovan — who was just nominated for three 2023 GRAMMY Awards for her 2022 album Age Of Apathy — shares an intimate acoustic version of “Age Of Apathy” (produced with Darren Schneider). The performance is essential Aoife: delicately expressive phrasings, instinctive accompaniment, and the elemental power of that voice cast against sparse instrumentation.

The acclaimed, Joe Henry-produced (Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens) Age Of Apathy is nominated for the Best Folk Album GRAMMY as well as Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song (both of those for “Prodigal Daughter” featuring Allison Russell).

This is far from O’Donovan’s only bout of recognition this year: Rolling Stone called the album “stunning,” NPR Music “a moving self-portrait,” and No Depression “an astounding accomplishment.” Pitchfork says O’Donovan “taps into the propulsion of prime Joni Mitchell,” while The New York Times praises the album’s “musical surprises: daring melodic leaps, unexpected chord progressions, [and] subtle rhythmic shifts.”

Earlier this year, O’Donovan also was the subject of a Jon Pareles-penned The New York Times profile, read that here.

Last month, PBS aired O’Donovan’s performance at The Kennedy Center’s presentation of A Joni Mitchell Songbook, a celebration of the venerated artist’s music led by multi-Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza and accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra. This one-of-a-kind concert includes performances by O’Donovan, Renée Fleming, Lalah Hathaway, Jimmie Herrod, and Raul Midón. Stream A Joni Mitchell Songbook at PBS.

In late 2021, O’Donovan shared an album-length live cover performance of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska for Bandcamp Friday. This winter, she takes her versions on the road for Aoife O’Donovan Plays Nebraska. Dates include the UK and US, see below.

Says Greil Marcus of Aoife's interpretation of Nebraska’s title track: "As exposed in a vacuum as Bruce Springsteen was when he made the song, she lets you hear how meticulously his first-person account of Charlie Starkweather’s death rampage was crafted to follow the structure of a traditional murder ballad — or maybe it’s her voice, the way it hovers over the details in the story, that’s rewriting the song that way."

“The original album was desperate and dark, with doubt coursing through its tracks like murky blood,” says The New York Times. “O’Donovan treats them as canon, saluting Springsteen’s songcraft with clear, pitch-perfect articulation and affable delivery.”

Aoife O’Donovan Plays Nebraska

Jan 30 — London, UK @ Kings Place

Jan 31 — Glasgow, UK @ Center For Contemporary Arts

Feb 1 — Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor %

Feb 2 — Leeds, UK @ Left Bank

Mar 15 — Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere ^

Mar 16 — New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^

Mar 17 — Cambridge, MA @ Sanders Theatre ^

Mar 18 — Brownfield, ME @ Stone Mountain Arts

Apr 12 — Stoughton, WI @ Stoughton Opera House *

Apr 13 — Evanston, IL @ SPACE *

Apr 14 — St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *

Apr 15 — St. Louis, MO @ Sheldon Concert Hall *

Apr 16 — Nashville, TN @ Basement East *

% = performing with the Age Of Apathy band

^ = with very special guests Hawktail

* = with very special guests The Westerlies