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Aoife O’Donovan – with Taylor Ashton

Presented by Sweetwater Music Hall at Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley CA

Apr 08 2022
Aoife O’Donovan – with Taylor Ashton

Irish-American singer and Grammy award-winning songwriter – with post-Americana songwriter

Reflection, remembrances, and self-reckoning combine on Aoife O’Donovan‘s third solo album, where her gift for tantalizing poetry is woven into a soundscape more rich and vivid than any she’s created before.

Age of Apathy is an album that traces a journey through grown-up life and ponders the question facing both singer and listener alike: what do you want from yourself?

The 11 tracks on this record came together in an extraordinarily fertile few months, sparked by O’Donovan’s move out of New York in September 2020.

Transplanted to the lush forests of central Florida, O’Donovan found something she’d never known before: the time and space to craft an album away from a packed performing schedule and the rigors of the road.

She is, however, aware of the irony. After all, this burst of creativity emerged from — and often charts — the malaise that dogged her at the start of the pandemic, and which had its origins long before.

From its hypnotic opener this album unfolds like a lifetime journey, following a breadcrumb trail of memories from youth to middle age. It’s a recognition of our frustrations and frailties, the implacable receding of our own past, and a sometimes anxious interrogation of the future.

 

Taylor Ashton’s career began in Vancouver as frontman and songwriter for Fish & Bird. The Vancouver Folk Fest called them “Canada’s most unique folk-rock ensemble”, with reviewers taking note of Taylor’s “off-kilter lyrical excursions” (The Georgia Straight) and his “rich, compelling voice” (Exclaim!).

He moved from Toronto to New York City, ready to take a break from the heavy touring schedule of Fish & Bird and to find himself in a new setting. He survived by singing and playing clawhammer banjo in the subway, turning heads with covers that leaned more Motown than hoedown.

Some friends started to wonder when, if ever, his solo album would be finished. Eventually, Brooklyn producer Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic, Ana Egge) helped finish the initial sessions and helmed the recording of 6 new ones at his studio. Jacob Blumberg, who engineered the first sessions, was brought back to do the final mix, and shares co-producer credit. The result is a love letter to this time of Taylor’s life; an ode to the devastating, ecstatic, gritty, sexy decade of his twenties, woven together through his 5-string banjo with the help of 18 different musicians from the Brooklyn music scene and all across the U.S. and Canada.

ADMISSION INFO

$32 – All ages

Contact: (415) 388-3850

Email: info@swmh.com

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Additional time info:

Doors:  8:00 pm  |  Show:  9:00 pm

LOCATION

Sweetwater Music Hall

19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941

PARKING INFO

There is ample street and city parking available around the venue. Please be sure to observe all posted signs regarding parking and parking meters, and do not park in prohibited spaces or areas. As a courtesy to our neighbors, please park in metered spots and city lots rather than residential areas. We offer validation for the Sunnyside lot–ask for it at the Cafe register.

ACCESSIBILITY INFO

    • Wheelchair Access

The café, concert hall, and restrooms are all wheelchair accessible. If you would like to request a wheelchair seating location or have other ADA needs, please e-mail boxoffice at swmh.com as soon

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