Rising Celtic music vocalist Aoife Scott is making a tour stop at Sleder’s Family Tavern in Traverse City September 19. MyNorth Media entertainment writer Ross Boissoneau gives us a look into the background of the Irish star and her debut album, Carry the Day.


Vocalist Aoife Scott, touring in support of her album

How She Got Her Start

Scott’s mother Frances is a well-known singer and a member of the legendary Irish musical group the Black Family, which includes Scott’s aunt Mary and uncles Shay, Michael and Martin. She grew up hearing her family singing around the fire and hanging around backstage at concerts and festivals, so it was in her genes from the start. While she loved music, she opted to work in TV production for years, most notably with TG4, an Irish public service broadcaster for Irish-language speakers. She was working as a production manager on the TV series 1916 Seachtar na Casca one day when the actor singing had to leave. The crew asked her to fill in to keep the atmosphere going. The reaction to her voice was so strong, she was ultimately asked to sing on all seven episodes of the show.


Traditional Irish/Celtic

Influences and Inspirations

Davey Spillane, Solas, Maura O’Connell, The Blacks

Additional Background

Last year Scott toured the U.S. with her mother Frances Black, earning praise for her engaging performances. She was invited to serve as an official showcase performer at the National Folk Alliance in Kansas City, and she also performed with the RTE Concert Orchestra as part of Culture Night. Other international appearances include performances at the National Celtic Festival in Australia, Mood Indigo Festival in Mumbai, and Germany’s acclaimed Irish Folk Festival Tour. Scott spent a year touring worldwide as lead singer with The Outside Track, whose marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song was similar to her own upbringing. Scott’s television background has also proven valuable. She has appeared on BBC’s Imeall Geal, TG4’s An Nollaig Linn and Ceol na nOileáin, and Fleadh TV Live, and was also a presenter on The Windmill Lane Sessions, the contemporary Irish music program for TG4. 
Scott’s debut album is informed by her passion for traditional music. The songs’ subjects run the gamut from personal reflections to historical and socially conscious.


“We love Aoife and her new album, Carry the Day. The album and Aoife both deserve major attention. This woman can sing!” – LiveIreland.com

“Aoife Scott on lead vocals has a hauntingly beautiful voice.” – GlasgowWestEnd.co.uk

Date, Time, Venue

September 19, 7 p.m., Sleder’s Family Tavern in Traverse City

Ticket Information

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

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Photo(s) by Aoife Scott