Curious about what is going on in our various lives?
Aoife has been hard at work creating new songs for her solo album and running half marathons. She’s been a frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, singing with her old pal Heather Masse, and will be teaching at 4 music camps and workshops this summer. Tomorrow, Aoife heads to California as a member of Noam Pikelny‘s touring band. They’re playing in Berkeley, Grass Valley, and at the Strawberry Music Festival. Don’t miss it. In June, Aoife hits the road on a headlining tour of some killer northeast venues, backed up by her longtime country-folk-rock band. July will find her at festivals like Greyfox and Rockygrass, and in August, she’ll play a free show in Brooklyn opening for Lyle Lovett. Full details can be found at www.aoifeodonovan.com, where you can also sign up for her mailing list. James Reed at The Boston Globe just wrote a lovely article about all this- check it out here.
Tristan has been busy with his acoustic trio, The Bee Eaters; they just wrapped up a tour of the northwest with bluegrass legend, Laurie Lewis. Look for Bee Eaters shows around the northeast in the fall. Tristan will be spending most of June holed up in a tipi in the northern California mountains, writing new music and preparing an epic lineup for his 8th annual Summer String Summit concerts, uniting literally dozens of acoustic music luminaries such as Tim O’Brien, Abigail Washburn, Brittany Haas… If you’re anywhere near California on July 11 or 15, don’t miss this! Details at ShastaMusicSummit.com or TheFreight.org
The only homeowner of the bunch, Corey has been spending some quality time in Vermont working on fixing up his house. He recently finished replacing his garage roof and is glad to be back on the ground and playing music again! He’s been performing on and off with the great David Wax Museum and is about to embark on a 5 day Northeast mini tour with them to Boston, New York, Philadelphia and DC. You can find the dates here. In addition to being a freelance bassist, Corey has been tour managing for our good friend Sarah Jarosz where he gets to put to good use many of the business skills he acquired over the years touring with Crooked Still. It’s a new role for him and one that he is enjoying. Look for him this summer on the road with her. In August, Corey will be on staff at the Maine Fiddle Camp and Valley of Moon Scottish Fiddle School.
That’s all for now. Have a great summer!
December 26, 2011
We’re so excited to be spending the next few weeks in Queensland, Australia! We’ll be performing at the Woodford Folk Festival and then doing a few more shows in and around Brisbane. Come ring in the new year with us down under!
Northeast Bonus Mini-Tour
November 16, 2011
We just finished up an amazing west coast tour that took us from Seattle, WA to San Luis Obispo, CA and then one off stops in Austin, TX and Montreal, Quebec! Thanks to everyone for coming out to the shows and making the tour a success.
This weekend we’ve got a three show mini-tour as a special bonus for our fans in New Jersey and upstate New York. We’ve got shows in Princeton, NJ, Oneonta, NY and Albany, NY starting tomorrow!
These will be our last three US shows before we head to the Woodford Folk Festival in Australia over New Years and then take next year off. It should be a blast!
West Coast Tour, Aoife appears on The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno Tonight!
October 25, 2011
Thanks to all of our amazing fans who came out to support us on our east coast 10 Year Anniversary Tour! It was an incredible two weeks culminating in two very special nights in front of our home town Boston crowd at the Somerville Theatre. We even had our original cellist, Rushad Eggleston join us for the first time in four years for some very memorable double cello action!
The good news is that next week we take the show to the west coast! We love touring on the west coast and can’t wait to return to many of these fine venues.
The Goat Rodeo Sessions
In other news, our singer Aoife O’Donovan will be appearing onThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno as part of Yo Yo Ma’s Goat Rodeo Sessions tonight! Aoife is the guest vocalist for two tracks of this star studded ensemble that includes Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and of course Yo Yo Ma. It’s an amazing CD and we’re proud that Aoife was asked to be a part of it. If you tune in tonight you might also be interested in what this up and coming politician named Barack Obama has to say as he’s the featured guest on this evening’s program. Tune in at 11 PM eastern time on NBC.
10th Anniversary Tour and EP
September 23, 2011
We still can’t believe it every time we say this, but Crooked Still has been a band for ten years! Our first “gig” was a one-song performance in a New England Conservatory recital back in the fall of 2001. We worked up our version of Darling Corey, and that arrangement is still one of our favorites to play. We are truly honored and excited to have come through so much and still be able to play the music we love for all of our fans. Thank you for a fantastic decade!
In honor of this momentous anniversary we’ve got a fantastic tour lined up in the Northeast in October. We’ll be playing ten shows in the tenth month to celebrate turning ten! To make our hometown Boston shows even more exciting, we’ll be joined by our original cello player Rushad Eggleston and long-time collaborator Ruth Merenda for both concerts at the Somerville Theater. There are sure to be other special guest appearances as well. It should be an incredible weekend not to be missed.
Importantly, we are taking a year off the road in 2012, so this might be your last chance to see us for a while! While there will be a few special appearances throughout next year, we are planning a much-needed break from the constant touring of the last several years. More on that later!
To make the occasion even more special we’re releasing a brand new recording entitled Friends of Fall. Here’s the official press release:
Friends of Fall, the new 7-song EP from Crooked Still, offers a fresh and vibrant look at Boston’s most innovative folk group on the eve of their tenth anniversary. While Crooked Still is well known for its one-of-a-kind interpretations of traditional American folk songs, Friends of Fall showcases the band’s compelling approach to contemporary and original music. This unique song collection coincides with the band’s 10-year anniversary tour in October and features covers of the Beatles, Paul Simon, and John Hartford as well as original pieces and a musical adaptation of a Wendell Berry poem.
Crooked Still recorded Friends of Fall in the midst of a busy summer tour, convening for three days in a beautiful former church house, now the site of Rotary Records studios in West Springfield, MA. For this special project, each band member personally arranged and directed the entire ensemble for a single song. Recorded and mixed by two of the finest engineers from Nashville, TN (David Sinko, Erick Jaskowiak) these gorgeous recordings capture Crooked Still’s signature live energy and dynamic musicianship, as well as standout performances by lead singer Aoife O’Donovan.
Hope to see you at the shows!
September 9, 2011
We’re very excited to team up with our good friends the Bee Eaters for the first two shows on this Colorado run. The Bee Eaters are celebrating the release of their brand new CD entitled Oddfellows Road. It was recorded masterfully by David Sinko and showcases this fine instrumental band as they hit their musical stride. Plus both bands share Tristan on cello so it’s the perfect one two combination.
Looking ahead to October we are thrilled to celebrate our ten year anniversary as a band! It feels like yesterday we were just getting together for the first time in a New England Conservatory practice room to work up our arrangement of Darling Corey!
In honor of this momentous occasion, we’ll be playing ten shows in the northeast and releasing a special 7 song anniversary EP! Stay tuned for more details.
The Northeast and California
July 6, 2011
Summer is in full swing and we’re excited to hit the road again in July! Here’s the schedule.
After and amazing time in the Midwest, Colorado and Switzerland in early June, we’re super excited to hit the road in July. We’ll start things off in the Northeast with shows in Connecticut, New York and Vermont. We’re so glad to be playing two shows at the Rockwood Music Hall and also to be heading back for our third year in a row at the fabulous Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival.
We’re then heading into the recording studio for a few days to record a special EP in honor of our 10 year anniversary this fall. Stay tuned for more details on that project and for special events in the fall!
We’ll then head to California for a show at the fabulous Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and also a show up in Groveland at the wonderful Mountain Sage.
Hope to see you at the shows!
PBS Newshour Art Beat
June 16, 2011
Check out this cool PBS Newshour Art Beat piece about us.
It’s been a while since our last newsletter and we’ve got a lot of great things to tell you about. In the coming weeks we’ll be heading to the midwest and the southeast for some fantastic shows.
We’re very excited to be heading back to the Ark in Ann Arbor, The Lafayette Theater in Lafayette, Indiana and then on to The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago this weekend. We’re teaming up with our good friends Mike and Ruthy for these shows so it should be a blast!
Next weekend we’ll continue south for a show at the Mockingbird in Staunton, Virginia. We’ll then be heading to the prestigious Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC. It’s been a few years since we’ve played at this fantastic festival and we are excited to be back.
Looking ahead to early May we’ve got some great shows in Brattleboro, VT, Peekskill, NY Sellersville, PA and Alexandria, VA! Check out the complete tour dates here.
If you live in the greater Boston area, consider coming to an amazing benefit concert on May 15th at Club Passim. Aoife’s mother, Lindsay, along with our friend (and former producer!) Hanneke Cassel, are heavily involved with an incredible organization called One Home Many Hopes. They’ve compiled a gorgeous CD called Lullabies for Love which features some incredible performances by a host of great musicians, and the May 15th concert is a fantastic way to support the cause.
In March we had an amazing tour in Australia! We got to perform at the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Blue Mountains Folk Festival and travel all around New South Wales and Victoria playing a whole bunch of great shows. It was a blast and we can’t wait to get a chance to go back.
In other news, Alison Krauss recorded a song on her new album, Paper Airplane, by our singer, Aoife O’Donovan, called “Lay My Burden Down.” Here is a gorgeous video of Alison Krauss and Union Station playing it live on the Letterman webcast. Way to go Aoife!
That’s all for now. We hope to see you at the shows!
New England Shows and Celtic Connections
January 13, 2011
We’ve had a month off to recharge and get ready for some great shows in 2011. We’ll kick things off this week in NYC with our good friends Ollabelle at City Winery on January 13th. We’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this venue and can’t wait to play there and once again share the stage with the fantastic Ollabelle.
We’ll then head out to Jim Thorpe, PA for a show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. This is a great venue in an equally cool town and we are happy to be heading back.
We’ll then head north to Albany, NY for a show at the Egg. This will be our third appearance at the Egg and it’s truly one of our favorite place to play.
We’ll finish out the weekend in West Dover, VT at the Snow Barn at Mount Snow. We’re super excited to do some skiing and have a great time at this ski resort venue!
Next week we’ll head over to Glasgow, Scotland to be a part of the prestigious Celtic Connections. We’re so excited to join forces with the Scottish alt trad power trio, Lau. Lau is one of our favorite bands and we can’t wait to collaborate with them on a few songs. It should be a very special night.