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O'Donovan hopes to find the magic

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 – Aoife O'Donovan will release her sophomore solo disc, "In The Magic Hour," on Yep Roc on Jan. 22, 2016.

The release is the follow-up to her 2013 solo debut "Fossils." Produced by Tucker Martine (Neko Case, The Decemberists), "In The Magic Hour" features 10 songs, 9 written by O'Donovan. I'm With Her band mates Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz, Chris Thile (Punch Brothers) and Nate Query (The Decemberists) help out.

O'Donovan will support Glen Hansard on his U.S. tour this November, and play shows with I'm With Her, before year's end. Her In the Magic Hour tour will start on the Irish shores in Dublin. Headlining dates for 2016 in the U.S. will be announced soon.

As O'Donovan began writing the songs for the new CD, her grandfather, an O'Donovan family patriarch, died. His passing opened a flood of memories for Aoife, who was raised in the Boston area, but spent childhood summers alongside many of her grandfather's 26 other grandchildren in the small Irish town of Clonakilty where he lived.

The album artwork for "In The Magic Hour" features a photograph of a seven-year-old O'Donovan on one such trip, and a faint recording of her grandfather's singing can be heard on the album's track and traditional Irish song "Donal "g."

The track list is:
1. Stanley Park
2. Magic Hour
3. Porch Light
4. Hornets
5. Magpie
6. Donal "g
7. The King of All Birds
8. Not The Leaving
9. Detour Sign
10. Jupiter

2015 North American Tour Dates:
Oct .18 - Brooklyn, NY - St Ann's Warehouse %
Nov. 9 - Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall *
Nov. 10 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic *
Nov. 13 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom *
Nov. 14 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre *
Nov. 16 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre *
Nov. 17 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater *
Nov. 19 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre *
Nov. 20 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre *
Nov. 21 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre *
Nov. 23 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
Nov. 24 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre *
Nov. 25 - Atlanta, GA - Buckshead Theatre *
Dec. 10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom ^
Dec. 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg ^

2016 European Tour Dates:
Jan. 27 - Dublin, IE - Tradfest
Jan. 28 - Belfast, UK - Out to Lunch Festival
Jan. 29 - Glasgow, UK - Celtic Connections
Jan. 30 - Sheffield, UK - Greystones
Jan. 31 - Bury, UK - The Met
Feb. 1 - Bristol, UK - Tunnels
Feb. 5 - Oxford, UK - Bullingdon

% w Thomas Bartlett, Sam Amidon
* w Glen Hansard
^ w I'm With Her: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz

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