Since the independent release of her debut album, Kempsey-born singer-songwriter, Ayleen O (‘Hanlon), has been steadily building a name within Australia as a captivating live performer with a distinctive voice that ropes you in and pulls you under.
Carried by skilled picking on the guitar and banjo, and with a sound inspired from folk, country and blues traditions, Ayleen O’s honest songwriting details small town stories, downtrodden hearts, and dusty characters.
Ayleen O emerged in 2015 with the album ‘Blend and Spill’ displaying a confidence and candour rarely seen on an alt-folk country debut. She then took Port Fairy Folk Festival by storm in 2016 with a full band, and backed it up with appearances at several folk festivals around the country.
At the same time, she has made a name as an innovative event producer, actively investing in community through her work. In 2015-16 she curated, directed and performed in a major songwriting and history performance series, titled ‘Goin’ Back’ for two Melbourne music festivals (Darebin Music Feast and Brunswick Music Festival).
More recently, she joined Mick Thomas (Weddings Parties Anything) & The Roving Commission as co-writer, chief banjo-wielder, guitarist and backing singer, going on to impress audiences all around Australia with the power and emotion of her performance.
Ayleen O is in the writing and recording phase for her second album, and preparing to release the next album with Mick Thomas’s Roving Commission.