O'Donovan grew up outside of Boston, but spent her summers in Ireland, exploring a mixture of Irish and American folk songs.
As part of our series on American music, Michael Morgan – conductor of the Oakland Symphony – shares his picks.
We've been asking musicians what they think of when they think "American music." Today we hear from Khalif Diouf, aka Le1f.
The band talks about quintessential American music as they hear it, and how American roots music has influenced their sound.
William Parker, an experimental jazz bassist from New York, answers the question, "what does American music mean to you?"
You can make a strong case, as singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash does, that Stephen Foster wrote the American songbook.
Albert Hammond, Jr., who was born in L.A. to two immigrants, answers the question, "What does American Music mean to you?"
Jay Sweet shares what he thinks makes a song truly American, and what he looks for in the bands he chooses to play the festival.
The singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy winner joins us with a playlist of what she considers quintessentially American music.
In the first of a new series looking at American music, our pop culture critic shares a playlist including B.B. King and Nina Simone.