Taking influence from Country, Folk and Singer-Songwriter, Aoife Carton has developed her sound since she started writing songs at fifteen. A writer before a songwriter, lyrics are at the heart of her music which is flooded with imagery and storytelling.
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, a set at The Scratcher Sessions, and opened for Mick Flannery at a private gig in New Jersey.
Aoife has played all over Dublin, in the like of The Ruby Sessions as well as headline and support gigs in Whelan’s, Bello Bar, The Academy 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, Whelans and on The Ray D’Arcy Show amongst a range of well-known Irish artists such as Lisa Hannigan and Paddy Casey, all in aid of Aidlink for Turkana.
Her 2019 single, ‘Edinburgh’ featured on RTÉ’s Radio One Recommends playlist and was launched at The Grand Social in aid of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. She also performed it live on the Seán O’Rourke show on release week. Her more recent releases, ‘Capsule,’ and 'Lay My Cards Down,' were mentioned in GoldenPlec and The Last Mixed Tape amongst others, and aired on stations across the country such as RTÉ Radio One, 2XM, Classic Hits 4FM, and Play Irish, to name a few. 'Lay My Cards Down' was also aired by Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music.
Having made her UK debut at 2000 Trees festival last year, she made the move to London in 2020 and besides some Live-Stream gigs, has been laying low writing and recording for a big release next year.
“A tumbling folk track, the handmade feel of Aoife Carton’s ‘Lay My Cards Down’ makes for an inviting listen as Carton weaves her story.” - The Last Mixed Tape
“Powerful and meaningful lyrics” - Le Future Wave