Posted On: August 4, 2014
Aoife O’Donovan & Morrison and West
Aoife O’Donovan is a versatile singer who has lent her voice to a range of genres from progressive neo-bluegrass to folk rock. Her work with the band Crooked Still “brings to traditional bluegrass a diversity of talent that is simply spectacular Familiar tunes are suddenly brand-new, engaging, infused with intensity ” (Bluegrass Unlimited). She is also a member of the female folk group Sometymes Why who are known for their vocal intensity, sparse arrangements, and passionate lyricism. In June of 2013, O’Donovan released her first solo album Fossils, an album that, according to O’Donovan, was a long time coming. Fossils is considered time well spent, for she’s crafted a beautiful, timeless record, the natural evolution of an accomplished singer and songwriter.
Cahalen Morrison and Eli West
Cahalen Morrison and Eli West are considered two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians today and [their music] draws from old folk sources, but it sounds vibrantly alive. While paying homage to classic folk, country, and bluegrass, Morrison and West put a modern spin on their compositions, making it accessible to old and new fans alike. Bluegrass Today calls their music, “an interesting mix of bluegrass and old time influences with Morrison primarily on clawhammer banjo and West playing guitar in a grassy style. The two share a passion for both musical forms, especially the sort of quirky syncopation they have in common.”