Aoife O’Donovan’s New Record Is Divine

‘In the Magic Hour’ Offers Beautiful Aural Alchemy

Aoife O’Donovan has toured with some of the best-known contemporary folk musicians, including Alison Krauss, The Milk Carton Kids, and Punch Brothers. And with her latest album, In the Magic Hour, she’ll likely become a household name, as well. From the first, crisp guitar strums of “Stanley Park,” O’Donovan reveals listeners are in for an original aural treat. Dynamic melodies and astute lyrics buttress all of the tunes — which fuse folk, rock, and Celtic sensibilities — while O’Donovan’s supple vocals rise and fall over the enchanting sonic landscapes. “Magic Hour,” “Donal Óg,” and “The King of All Birds” stand out in particular, but the album is magic in its entirety.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

North Hall Takeover: 50 Years Later

Actor Danny Glover keynotes UCSB conference.

Elliot Laps the Field in SBCC Fundraising

She’s raised more than every other candidate combined.

Foro Público Proporciona Estado de Inmigración

Este evento gratuito será traducido en español.

Public Forum to Provide Immigration Status Update

The Santa Barbara event is free, open to the public, and will provide Spanish translation.

Family Favorite Palazzio Italian Restaurant Won’t Reopen

Water damage and downtime killed the State Street eatery.