O’Donovan brings touch of gold to GTMF – Jackson Hole News & Guide

Aoife O’Donovan visits Jackson Hole for the first time since appearing with Crooked Still some 13 or more years ago. This time she brings her band from her January release, “Age of Apathy” — Isa Burke on electric guitar, fiddle and vocals; Ethan Jodziewicz on vocals and bass and Robin MacMillan on drums — for the Grand Teton Music Festival’s next Gateway Series concert, set for 8 p.m. Thursday at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village.

O’Donovan applies her skills to so many different kinds of music — traditional Irish and American, progressive bluegrass and folk, jazz and her own originals, not to mention her interpretations of songs by Joni Mitchell — it feels inaccurate to label her as a “folk musician.” But she prefers the label because it is “sort of vague,” she said.

“Too specific a name on art in general feels limiting,” she said. “I love folk. To me it means music of the people, music I’m playing for myself and for my friends.” Listening to O’Donovan can be a heavenly experience, her voice so clear and her delivery of words and phrases so precisely shaped…

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