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Crooked Still’s Aoife O’Donovan comes into her own

When Crooked Still went on an extended hiatus in January, there was no doubt its members would land on their feet. For 10 years, the progressive string band was Boston’s most celebrated and visible exponent of a new wave of roots acts, an ensemble grounded in tradition while trying to stretch its boundaries.

Already last year there were signs that the group’s singer was ramping up for a colorful new phase of her career. You simply couldn’t escape Aoife (pronounced EEE-fah) O’Donovan, who has become something of a muse to her contemporaries working in modern Americana. Crooked Still released a farewell (for now) EP, but it was fascinating to hear the light yet transcendent touch O’Donovan brought to various other projects.

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