Perhaps it’s the Irish blood, the rural upbringing, or the folk records in her parents' collection. Whatever the secret ingredient, it’s clear that Ayleen O’Hanlon has a knack for honest storytelling coupled with a unique ability to captivate any audience. Her songwriting evokes widescreen imagery, and when set to heart-wrenching harmonies with fellow guitarist and vocalist, Rich Davies, the results are visceral, fierce and tender.
Hailing from small-town New South Wales, O’Hanlon emerged in 2015 with the album ‘Blend and Spill’ displaying a confidence and candour rarely seen on an alt-folk country debut. Since then she has wowed audiences around Australia on several tours, appearing at a number of festivals including Port Fairy Folk Festival and Brunswick Music Festival, and has curated a major songwriting and history event, ‘Going Back’ for the Darebin Music Feast.
Testament to her commitment to the craft, O’Hanlon is also making a name for herself in established folk-rock outfits, Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission, and Rich Davies & The Low Road.
Backed by skilled picking on guitar and banjo, her distinctive voice and charisma will carry a song to any listener’s heart with vigour and authenticity.
Blend and Spill is the debut album by Ayleen O'Hanlon, released 27 July 2015.
"I don't think she needs any advice" - Mary Chapin Carpenter, 5-time Grammy Award Winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee"She picks up a banjo and sings with a voice at once assured and unaffected - a genuine voice ... Confidently exploring that warm overlap of folk and country that people like Ruth Moody and Lori McKenna have embraced." - Rhythms Magazine"Her vocals wrap their arms around you like the gentle caress of Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval. You don’t just sit there and listen, you feel it, and the sound holds on to you tight." - Desert Highways"A glimmering folk gem" - Tonedeaf