Stylistically wide-ranging, Aoife O’Donovan lives in many musical spaces. With progressive Americana at the core of her artistry, O’Donovan is a Grammy-winning vocalist, guitarist, and pianist chiefly known as founder of string band Crooked Still. She’s also one-third of two different female trios—Sometymes Why and I’m with Her—the latter with Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins. O’Donovan will perform with her quartet for Grand Teton Music Festival’s Gateway Series this Thursday at Walk Festival Hall.
…As far as influences go, the females in her listening periphery have played a major role.
“Joni Mitchell, of course. Really, really love Shawn Colvin. I grew up listening to Shawn Colvin a ton and also a lot of Irish singers—Karan Casey, Cathy Jordan, Cara Dillon, those people. And then kind of going back to sort of jazz singers—Billie Holiday and Nina Simone and people whose phrasing I just absolutely admire.”