Aoife O’Donovan Announces 2017 ‘Release The Hounds’ Tour – Taft Theatre on 3/28



Aoife O'Donovan
Aoife O’Donovan

Aoife O’Donavan, Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
Taft Theatre (ballroom), 317 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
7pm doors, 8pm show, Buy Tickets

Following a year of nonstop touring with a trio in support of her critically acclaimed sophomore album, In The Magic Hour, musician/songstress Aoife O’Donovan will perform solo on the 21-city Release The Hounds tour, a night of acoustic music with Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge beginning March 17, 2017, in Cambridge, MA.

You can hear a taste of her solo performance in the new recording of “Stanley Park” released today as part of Spotify “Singles.” Also included is the cover of “Lakes of Pontchartrain” with violinist Colin Jacobsen and cellist Eric Jacobsen.  The newly launched two-song weekly playlist features exclusives of an original track (a-side) and a cover (b-side) recorded in Spotify’s NYC studio by 20-plus top artists.

In May 2017, O’Donovan, in partnership with Cuba Rhythm & Views , will help lead a remarkable cultural exchange in Havana, Cuba between American and Cuban musicians. She will accompany select fans on this cultural trip of a lifetime and meet some of Cuba’s most celebrated performers and artists. She will perform in two Cuba Rhythm & Views-produced concerts with world-renowned Cuban pianist Aldo Lopez-Gavilan, at Fabrica de Arte Cubano, and again with Havana’s premier chamber group, Orquesta de Camara de La Habana.

During a recent musical guest appearance on A Prairie Home Companion, O’Donovan performed “Magpie” with new host Chris Thile, who appears on the album track. She will perform on the show again December 10, at Town Hall in New York as part of the house band, followed by a series of house band guest appearances in early 2017.

Written in the wake of her grandfather’s death, In The Magic Hour has garnered tremendous praise since its January 2016 release as “gorgeous” (Rolling Stone Country) and as an “exhilarating…exploratory” (MOJO 4-star) ode to her idyllic childhood summers surrounded by family. The Guardian said Aoife possesses “the ability to surprise an audience with the contrast between her gentle appearance at the microphone and the invisible punch of her performance.”

Produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case) and including special guests Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Gabriel Kahane among others, In The Magic Hour is Aoife O’Donovan’s follow-up to her 2013 solo debut Fossils, which earned props from the New York Times, NPR and President Obama, who included a track on his 2015 summer vacation playlist

December 10 – Town Hall – New York, NY*
January 21 – Pasadena Convention Center – Pasadena, CA*
February 4 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN*
February 18 – Fitzgerald Theatre – St. Paul, MN*
February 19-26 – Cayamo Cruise – Tampa, FL
March 1 – The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
March 17 – Sanders Theatre – Cambridge, MA^
March 18 – Stone Mountain Arts Center – Brownfield, ME^
March 19 – The First Unitarian Church – Burlington, VT^
March 22 – Stage One – Fairfield, CT^
March 23 – The Shea Theater – Turners Falls, MA^
March 24 – Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose  – Albany, NY^
March 25 – Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA^
March 26 – Big Ears Festival – Knoxville, TN^
March 28 – The Taft Theatre Ballroom – Cincinnati, OH^
April 6 – Savannah Music Festival – Savannah, GA^
April 13 – Kahilu Theatre – Waimea, HI^
April 14 – Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Maui, HI^
April 15 – Hawaii Theatre — Honolulu, HI^
April 18 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA^
April 19 – Aladdin Theatre – Portland, OR^
April 21 – Kuumbwa Jazz Center – Santa Cruz, CA^
April 22 – Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, CA^
April 23 – Jackson Hall / Mondavi Center – Davis, CA^
April 25 – Campbell Hall / UCSB – Santa Barbara, CA^
April 26 – Smothers Theatre / Pepperdine University – Malibu, CA^
April 27 – Price Center East Ballroom – La Jolla, CA^
May 20 – folkBALTICA: Robbe & Berking Shipyard – Flensburg, DE
May 26 – Fabrica de Arte – Havana, Cuba
May 27 – Fabrica de Arte – Havana, Cuba
*A Prairie Home Companion date
^Performing Solo as part of the Release The Hounds Tour