Watch Aoife O’Donovan explain her songwriting process and perform ‘Beekeeper’ live for WGBH

It’s been a good year for Aoife O’Donovan. The Newton native and voice of alt-bluegrass band Crooked Still celebrated the release of her debut full length, Fossils, back in June, was spotlighted by NPR Music, and won a Boston Music Award earlier this month in the Folk Artist of the Year category. Equally as impressive as that last one is that she was also nominated for 2013 Artist of the Year, though O’Donovan lost out to Bad Rabbits in a crowded and unpredictable field that also included Amanda Palmer, Karmin, and Dropkick Murphys.

While the votes were still being tallied in the BMAs, O’Donovan connected with WGBH Music in November for a mini-doc detailing her songwriting process, the roots of Fossils, and the Boston songwriter scene. In partnership with Crossroads Presents, WGBH caught up with O’Donovan at the Paradise, where the green room quick interview is augmented by a live performance of her song “Beekeeper.”

You can find that studio cut off Fossils, out now on Yep Rock Recordings, and the live version straight from the ‘Dise stage up top.

O’Donovan hits Europe for a string of solo dates next month before returning stateside for a tour with Punch Brothers and others in February and March. Here are her full dates so far…

Jan 26 2014 — Roddy Woomble, O2 ABC, Glasgow, UK
Jan 29 2014 — Aoife O’Donovan, Dingwalls, London, UK
Jan 30 2014 — Aoife O’Donovan, The Art Bar, Oxford, UK
Jan 31 2014 — Aoife O’Donovan, Brighton Latest MusicBar, Brighton, UK
Feb 01 2014 — Aoife O’Donovan, Upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland
Feb 03 2014 — Aoife O’Donovan, Brotfabrik, Frankfurt, Germany
Feb 04 2014 — Aoife O’Donovan, Prinzenbar, Hamburg, Germany
Feb 05 2014 — Aoife O’Donovan, Studio 672, Stadtgarten, Cologne, Germany
Feb 06 2014 — Aoife O’Donovan, Grüner Salon, Berlin, Germany
Feb 21 2014 — Aoife O’Donovan, The Allen Room @ Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY, US
Feb 22 2014 — Aoife O’Donovan, Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, NY, US
Mar 17 2014 — Punch Brothers, Mr. Small’s Theatre, Millvale, PA, US
Mar 18 2014 — Punch Brothers, The National, Richmond, VA, US
Mar 19 2014 — Punch Brothers, The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, Boone, NC, US
Mar 20 2014 — Suwannee Springfest 2014, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, FL, US
Mar 20 2014 — Aoife O’Donovan, The Lone Bellow, Ships of the Sea North Garden, Savannah, GA, US
Mar 21 2014 — Aoife O’Donovan, The Lone Bellow Ships of the Sea North Garden, Savannah, GA, US
Mar 22 2014 — Aoife O’Donovan, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, FL, US
Mar 23 2014 — Punch Brothers, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, Charleston, WV, US
Mar 25 2014 — Punch Brothers, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington, IN, US



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