Aoife O’Donovan will perform at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in April

Grammy winner Aoife O’Donovan will perform April 15 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts with supporting act Taylor Ashton. O’Donovan has released three critically acclaimed and boundary-blurring solo albums, including “In the Magic Hour.”

O’Donovan spent the winter and spring of 2021 in the studio with acclaimed producer Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens) recording his third full length solo album, titled “Age of Apathy”, which was released in January 2022. This show will feature O’Donovan and his band performing selections from this new album.

“If you’re a fan of Gillian Welch or Anaïs Mitchell, you’ll want to check out the lovely Aoife O’Donovan,” said Abbey Messmer, director of programming at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. “‘Age of Apathy’ is a great album, and I can’t wait to see it live!”

About the new album, Pitchfork writes: “On ‘Age of Apathy’, she taps into the propulsion of the first Joni Mitchell: a restless spirit bouncing against the haziness of her surroundings. She has the same sense of acting: when to become great, when to roll it back.”

Pop Matters also reviewed “Age of Apathy”, writing, “The end results are richly layered and sophisticated. O’Donovan is often considered a singer-songwriter and folksy, but this version finds her music difficult to rank because of its links to contemporary jazz and even classical music are clearly evident.”

A savvy and generous collaborator, O’Donovan is one-third of the band I’m With Her along with bandmates Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. The trio’s debut album, “See You Around,” was hailed as “willingly open” by NPR Music and won the band a 2020 Grammy for Best American Roots Song. O’Donovan spent the previous decade as the co-founder and vocalist of the string band Crooked Still and was a featured vocalist on “The Goat Rodeo Sessions” with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile.

Opening the show is Vancouver native Taylor Ashton, who now lives in Brooklyn and recently released her first solo album, “The Romantic,” an ode to the devastating, ecstatic, gritty, and sexy decade of her 20s, woven together through his five-string banjo with the help of 18 different musicians from the Brooklyn music scene and from across the United States and Canada.

Ashton’s career began in Vancouver as a frontman and songwriter for Fish & Bird. The Vancouver Folk Fest called the band “Canada’s most unique folk-rock ensemble,” with critics noting Ashton’s “offbeat lyrical excursions” (The Georgia Straight) and “rich, compelling voice” (Exclaim! ). From 2006 to 2014, Fish & Bird recorded four albums and toured the festival circuit and toured Canada, the US and the UK.

The 12 new songs from Ashton’s solo debut tell of the end of a relationship, a band and Canada. He moved from Toronto to New York, ready to take a break from Fish & Bird’s busy touring schedule and find himself in a new setting. He survived by singing and playing clawhammer banjo on the subway, turning heads with covers that leaned more Motown than hoedown.

While creating “The Romantic,” Ashton also teamed up with fellow songwriter Courtney Hartman to record a spare duet album, 2018’s “Been On Your Side,” which was nominated for an Independent Music Award and received accolades in Rolling Stone, which said it “punches into today’s mainstream.”

Aoife O’Donovan and Taylor Ashton will perform April 15 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, Arizona. Tickets cost between $28 and $45. Visit ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/events or call the box office at 480-499-TKTS (8587) for more information.

All guests 12 years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours of the show date, along with photo ID, to attend shows. Alternatively, customers can provide proof of full vaccination. Masks are strongly encouraged to protect artists, staff and patrons. For complete health and safety protocols, visit ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/covid-19-response.

Aoife O'Donovan will perform at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in April