New Artist: Aoife Carton

Taking influence from a range of genres, from Irish, Folk and Country music to Indie Pop, Aoife Carton has developed her sound since she started writing songs at the age of fifteen. A writer before a songwriter, lyrics are at the heart of her music with themes which range from love and heartbreak, to societal issues that she is determined to speak out about.

Aoife took a big step towards her music career in 2017, when she booked a solo flight to Nashville, Tennessee on her 21st birthday, determined to play at the famous Open Mic Night at the Bluebird Cafe – which she did.

The following summer she returned to the States, this time to New York, where she played at the Rockwood Music Hall, opened for Mick Flannery at a private gig in New Jersey and gigged open mic nights every chance she got.

Aoife has played the likes of Dublin’s Ruby Sessions as well as gigs in Whelan’s, Bello Bar and The Workman’s Club. She is also known for her cover of Mic Christopher’s ‘That’s What Good Friends Do,’ which in 2016 she played in Vicar Street at an anniversary gig organised by Glen Hansard. She has more recently sang Mic’s songs in The National Concert Hall and Whelan’s amongst a range of well-known Irish artists such as Lisa Hannigan and Paddy Casey, for Aidlink for Turkana.

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And take a listen to her new track ‘Lay My Cards Down’, below…