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Megan Jean and the Klay (rhymes with “sly”) Family Band plays Martin’s Downtown on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Curtis Eller’s American Circus, featuring former Roanoker Louis Landry on drums and keys, opens the show. Read more in Thursday’s Extra section or at music.roanoke.com.
I felt like crap yesterday, just dragging after dinner. But I pulled it together and headed to Kirk Avenue Music Hall to hear Aoife O’Donovan. Wow, I’m glad I did. She has one of the truest voices in the show business, and brought with her a mucho simpatico band.
Together, they took the songs from O’Donovan’s debut full-length solo album, “Fossils” — a work with inimitably deep production — and make them sound just as compelling with more stripped-down instrumentation.
Above, though, is a song that is not on “Fossils.” Instead, it’s a number from O’Donovan’s days in Crooked Still, written after having too much fun with the Red Stick Ramblers at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. It’s called “Love Sick Red Stick Blues.”
Below is “Thursday’s Child,” which proves my earlier point about how credible was this trio. Plus, it’s a fine song.
FloydFest diehards might remember Aoife O’Donovan from the band Crooked Still, which showed her deep vocal talents along with the neo-grass depth of such players as banjo man Greg Lizst.
These days, O’Donovan — who looks like a grown-up version of “Mad Men” character Sally Draper — is touring with her own act, supporting a haunting and gorgeous Americana album, “Fossils.” She brings the trio to Kirk Avenue Music Hall on Thursday. Check Thursday’s Inside Out or visit music.roanoke.com for details.
On this podcast, we stream music from “Fossils” and talk about a lot of fun stuff. Fun stuff No. 1 — O’Donovan graduated from New England Conservatory with Glenvar High School grad and monstrous drummer Adam Clark. Fun stuff No. 2 — Crooked Still, which has been on hiatus for a couple of years, is likely to hit the festival circuit in the not-too-distant future. Fun stuff No. 3 — Aoife (pronounced Ee-fuh) has a sister, Fionnuala (Fin-oo-luh), who sings with her on “I’m Alone,” which you can hear on this podcast.