Knocklyon, County Dublin
Aoife Carton is a folk singer-songwriter studying in her final year at BIMM Dublin. Her style is influenced by everything, from her lyrical idol Leonard Cohen to her teenage idol Taylor Swift.
In a move mirroring Swift’s, 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.
“In New York, when I was playing the Scratcher Sessions, There was a picture of Mic Christopher behind the bar. My mum actually flew over to see me play there and I played 'That's What Good Friends Do' as part of my set.”
This was particularly poignant for Aoife as the late Mic Christopher was her mother’s cousin. Although she was only five when he passed away, she was always very aware of his music. “Skylarkin’ was always playing in the house and ‘Kid’s Song’ was my favourite track - I used to reference it a lot when I was writing essays in school and that kind of thing.” Later in her teens, this became the drive to write her own songs.
Aoife has performed her original songs in Whelans, The Workmans and The Bello Bar as well as NYC's 'The Scratcher Sessions.' She is also known for her cover of Mic Christopher's 'That's What Good Friends Do' which she has performed in Vicar Street alongside Glen Hansard and more recently in the National Concert Hall amongst a range of well-known Irish acts to raise money for Aidlink for Turkana. Her debut EP 'Wicked Words' was released in 2017. Her newest EP is on the way this year, the first single off which, 'Edinburgh' is available on all streaming platforms now.