HEATHER MASSE and AOIFE O'DONOVAN
Heather Masse from the Wailin' Jennys and Aoife O'Donovan from Crooked Still bring their touring band to the Rockfish.
Cover is $15 at the door. Showtime is 9 PM. Call 360-588-1720 for reservations.
During last year’s Tulip Festival when Canadian trio The Wailin’ Jennys played a sold-out show at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon, alto Heather Masse nearly brought down the house with her rendition of “Tiptoe through the Tulips.” This year the Jennys are taking time off from touring, but Masse will be returning during the Tulip Festival for a very special concert at the Rockfish. She’ll be joined by Aoife O’Donovan, the acclaimed vocalist from Boston contemporary bluegrass group Crooked Still. Heather and Aoife (pronounced EEF-uh) will appear with their own band, including Portland pianist Jed Wilson.
Since earning a degree in Jazz Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music, Heather Masse has performed with the band Joy Kills Sorrow and with her own group Heather & the Barbarians. Both groups have recordings featuring her vocals. Masse joined The Wailin’ Jennys in early 2006 and has toured extensively with the Jennys since then. She will appear on the group’s first live CD, scheduled for release in 2009. The Wailin’ Jennys have been frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor’s weekly public radio program. Masse’s performance with the Jennys so impressed Keillor that he invited her back for solo appearances on A Prairie Home Companion on both December 27, 2008, and January 24, 2009.
Aoife O’Donovan, also an alumna of the New England Conservatory, is a founding member and vocalist of Crooked Still, and is featured on the group’s three CDs. She has toured extensively with the group throughout North America and Europe, drawing rave reviews. O’Donovan is also a member of the folk noir trio Sometymes Why, which includes Kristin Andreassen of Uncle Earl and Ruth Ungar Merenda of The Mammals.
Here’s what critics have said about Masse and O’Donovan:
“Aoife O’Donovan. Remember that name, because with a sultry voice that makes her sound like a blusier Alison Krauss, she’s about to become the newest darling of the Americana set.” USA Today
"What a voice! Every once in a while I happen on a voice so pure, with such great texture, intonation, time and phrasing that it stops me in my tracks. Heather Masse has all that and more." John Ziegler, KUMD
“Aoife O’Donovan has a voice of rare, stunning purity and clarity.” Sing Out!
"The icing on the cake [of Joy Kills Sorrow] . . . is vocalist Heather Masse, whose voice hovers somewhere between Alison Krauss and Maura O'Connell . . . ." Sing Out !
“Singer Aoife O’Donovan provides seductive, down-home charm . . . a genuine class act.” Sing Out!
Heather Masse -
Various Artists: "Down at the Sea Hotel" (2007) with The Wailin' Jennys
Heather Masse: "Many Moons" (2008) Heather & the Barbarians: "Tell Me Tonight" (2007)
Joy Kills Sorrow: "Joy Kills Sorrow" (2006)
Crooked Still: "Still Crooked" (2008)
"Shaken by a Low Sound" (2006)
"Hop High" (2004)
Sometymes Why: "Your Heart is a Glorious Machine" (March 2009)
"Sometimes Why" (2005)
Wayfaring Strangers: "This Train" (2003)
CDs available from CDBaby.com or at the show
For artist information, visit www.heathermasse.com and www.myspace.com/aoifeodonovan
Heather Masse & Aoife O’Donovan
Presented by Tin Hut Concerts