Our June AOTM is traveling folksinger and songwriter Daisy O’Connor! Her latest record, Mixtape II, is a fun, low-fi, straight-to-fans release available now on Patreon. She’ll be releasing it to Bandcamp later this month, and you can see her performing at Geraldine’s on Friday June 21 for our June Locally Grown Music series.
In response to her quarter life crisis, singer-songwriter Daisy O’Connor quit her career in social work and hit the road to write songs, live simply, and “do be do” what she loves today. “Music saved my life, reaching my darkest moments and reminding me I’m not alone. I want to shine that light back.” An engaging, humorous, and candid performer, Daisy prefers to perform solo – folksinger style – and tours as much as she can, always taking the road less travelled. Daisy’s debut full length album “Lightchasers” (released February 2017) mixes indie folk, rock, psych, Americana, country and pop into a soothing groove that’s all her own: quirky, captivating, cleverly queer, and crooning.
Home schooled Catholic in the country, young Daisy saved money to buy her first guitar by selling sheep and taught herself how to play in her unheated attic bedroom. Daisy went to college at 16, keeping music a bedroom hobby. Post-college Daisy spent 5 years working with women on the run from love gone wrong at a rural domestic violence shelter. During that time, Daisy met blue collar songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov, who inspired her to start writing songs. A native of Washington state, Daisy found rich songwriting soil in Texas and now calls Austin home. In 2014, Daisy self-published the “Do Be Do” EP, which quickly established her in the Austin music community, earning media attention, radio play, and a growing global fanbase. Daisy co-wrote the title track with legendary songwriter Steve Poltz, who wrote hit songs with Jewel (including “You Were Meant For Me” which is one of the first songs Daisy learned to play on guitar.) It’s a small world indeed.