Aoife O’Donovan Shares ‘Transatlantic’ Single

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Singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan released “Transatlantic,” a new single featuring Kris Drever. O’Donovan’s first new music of 2021, accompanied by a video, was commissioned by the Irish Arts Center’s Grásta project.

The I’m With Her member began work on the song a while back. “The lyric started as a classic love song, but when I dusted it off to complete it for this project with the Irish Arts Center, it became something different. I felt strangely moved by the nostalgia and longing for camaraderie, innocently described by my pre-pandemic self,” O’Donovan explained. “As I finished the tune in January of this year – feeling certain of nothing but the uncertainty of these times – I immediately began to hear the voice of Kris Drever, a friend based in Glasgow. Kris enlisted his trio mates Euan Burton and Louis Abbott to be the rhythm section and layered the recording with the inimitable strings of Jeremy Kittel. The refrain references the old classic Loch Lomond, a ‘song from another time,’ Raise a glass. We will be together again soon.”

The Irish Arts Center recruited a vast array of artists to contribute pieces that “chronicle the current moment, of how we felt and what we learned, and of what redemption we might find and carry forward” as we deal with uncertainty stemming from the pandemic for the Grásta project. O’Donovan’s “Transatlantic” follows her 2020 EP, Bull Frogs Croon (And Other Songs).

Watch the video for Aoife’s “Transatlantic,” which premiered via WBUR’s The ARTery:

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