Rebroadcast On Demand: Free tickets for Hop Members and Dartmouth students; $15 public; $5 Dartmouth employees.
Chris Thile

Chris Thile

with special guest Aoife O'Donovan
October 21, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

Join us for a whimsical, genre-crossing musical performance.

20/21 Hop Presents

MacArthur Fellow and virtuosic mandolinist, composer and vocalist Chris Thile performs and welcomes guest singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan. Known for his work in the Grammy-winning bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, Thile transcends the borders of conventional genres to create a distinct new music aesthetic.

Chris Thile rose to fame through Nickel Creek, with whom he released four albums and sold over two million records. As a soloist, Thile has released several albums including his most recent, Thanks for Listening. In 2013, Thile won a Grammy for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. In 2014, Thile and Meyer released their latest album collaboration, Bass + Mandolin, which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Punch Brothers released their latest album The Phosphorescent Blues in January 2015, and a follow up EP The Wireless in November of the same year. Most recently, Thile released a double-album with Brad Mehldau titled Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau and a collection of works from Back with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer called Bach Trios.

Check out Chris's Live From Home cover of Gillian Welch's "Hard Times" for a taste of his big talent and heart.

About Aoife O'Donovan

Recognized for her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Aoife O'Donovan is also known for her collaborations.  Called "a vocalist of unerring instinct" by The New York Times, O'Donovan is one of the most sought after vocalists and songwriters of her generation and her career has allowed her to collaborate with some of the most eminent names in music across a wide variety of genres.  Co-founder of the bands Crooked Still and I'm With Her, O'Donovan is the featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. O'Donovan also sings in the house band on the radio variety show Live From Here

Aiofe produced a new program in spring 2020 entitled Songs and Strings where, alongside a string quartet, she performs the song cycle "Bull Frogs Croon." Written and developed with Jeremy Kittel and Teddy Abrams, the piece uses stunning text by the late, and former Poet Laureate of Oregon, Peter Sears, which premiered in 2015 at the Britt Festival. She also mixes songs from her expansive career with a few traditional favorites. Photo: Rich Gilligan

Funded in part by the Class of 1961 Legacy: The American Tradition in Performance Endowment Fund, the David J. O'Connor Fund, and the David E. Skinner II 1942 Fund.

Chris Thile photos: courtesy of the artist

“Unplugged, Chris Thile is the god of small sounds”

The New York Times

“Thile has taken the mandolin and bluegrass tradition in directions before unseen”

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