Today, Aoife O’Donovan shares “Prodigal Daughter,” the latest preview of her new album Age Of Apathy (out January 21). Featuring Allison Russell and co-written with Tim O’Brien, “Prodigal Daughter” recasts the biblical parable as a multigenerational tale of abandonment and tentative reconciliation.
Aoife’s emotive performance — bolstered by Allison Russell’s echoing harmonies and Tim O’Brien’s mandolin — tugs at the tension and guilt at the heart of the song’s mother and daughter reunion. Aoife ties it together with heart-wrenching detail: pleading with her mother for forgiveness, the daughter points to a granddaughter that “resembles me resembling you” — a stark reminder of their interconnectedness and the almost cyclical rebellions of children against their parents.
Produced by fellow GRAMMY® winner Joe Henry, Age Of Apathy finds O’Donovan in rare form. Atop richly textured arrangements — ornate but never fussy — Aoife reflects on the emotional disconnect wrought by the internet age and strives to reconnect with more visceral motivations: flesh-and-blood relationships, calls to social justice, and carving out a joyful existence amid apocalyptic forecasts of the future.
Collaborating with Joe Henry was GRAMMY® nominated engineer, Darren Schneider, who not only mixed the entirety of the album, but also worked tirelessly with Aoife during her recording sessions at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.
2022 European Tour Dates
January 26 – Mitchell Theatre – Glasgow, UK
January 28 – Out To Lunch Festival at Rosemary Street Church – Belfast, UK
January 29 – Liberty Hall – Dublin, IE
January 30 – Live at St. Luke’s – Cork, IE
February 1 – St. Paul’s Church — Birmingham, UK
February 2 — Barbican, Milton Court Concert Hall – London, UK
February 3 – Hallé St. Peter’s – Manchester, UK
February 4 – Sage 2 – Gateshead, UK
February 5 – Junction 2 – Cambridge, UK
February 8 – Tivoli Vredenburg – Utrecht, NL
February 9 – Alice – Copenhagen, DK
February 11 – Haus der Musik 2 – Vienna, AT
February 12 – Orpheum – Graz, AT
Donovan Woods supporting all European shows
Spring 2022 Dates
February 24 – Odell Williamson Auditorium – Bolivia, NC
February 25 – Kennedy Center Terrace Theater – Washington DC
March 18-25 – Cayamo
April 7 – Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, CA
April 10 – Sunset Center – Carmel, CA
April 15 – Scottsdale Center for the Arts – Scottsdale, AZ
May 13 – Bitterroot Performing Art Center – Hamilton, MT
August 26 – Beach Road Weekender – Vineyard Haven, MATags: Age of Apathy, Aoife O'Donovan, New Release, Tour Dates