Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Three rising stars in contemporary US roots music and their 2015 European Tour

After having crossed paths many times throughout their careers, Sara WatkinsSarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan decided to perform together on their 2015 European "I'm with her" Tour. The three acclaimed musicians, three rising stars in contemporary US roots music – ex-Nickel Creek singer and fiddler Sara Watkins, multi-talented prodigy Sarah Jarosz and ex-Crooked Still vocalist Aoife O’Donovan, will have their first performance at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland on 28 Jan. Sets will include a mix of each other's songs, cover and traditional songs. The tour full dates are below:

28 Jan • Glasgow, UK Celtic Connections
18 April • Uppsala, SEKonsert & Kongress
19 April • Barcelona, ESBlues & Ritmes
21 April • Bristol, UK Clifton Cathedral
23 April • Biddulph, UK • Town Hall
24 April • Gateshead, UKSage Gateshead
25 April • Bury, UKThe Met
26 April • Sheffield, UKMemorial Hall
28 April • London, UKUnion Chapel
29 April • Oxford, UKSt Johns the Evangelist
2 May • Derry, NICultúrlann Uí Chanáin
3 May • Kilkenny, IEKilkenny Roots Festival
4 May • Sligo, IEThe Hawk’s Well Theatre
5 May • Dublin, IE Whelan’s

Sara Watkins is a singer-songwriter and fiddler from California. She debuted in 1989 as fiddler and founding member of the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek along with her brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile. In addition to singing and playing fiddle, she also plays ukulele and guitar. She has two solo albums, Sara Watkins and Sun Midnight Sun on Nonesuch Records. In addition to touring on her own, she just completed a Nickel Creek reunion tour.

Sarah Jarosz, from Texas, is a multi-Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who fits comfortably where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect. She switches between octave mandolin, banjo, guitar and mandolin as the songs dictate. Her Build Me Up From Bones gained two Grammy nominations and made NPR’s Top Ten Folk and Americana albums for 2013. It was also nominated for the Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year. 

Aoife O’Donovan from Boston is known for her ethereal vocals and substantive songwriting. After graduating from New England Conservatory, O’Donovan hit the road as the lead singer and principal songwriter/song-finder of Crooked Still, which grew into one of the world’s most acclaimed progressive string groups over the ensuing decade. The stunning versatility and appeal of her voice brought her to the attention of some of the most eminent names in music and led to collaborations across a wide variety of genres with everyone.  

Their enthusiasm for this project comes from writing, arranging, and playing together, while learning how to be a supportive, explosive, good band. Their voices have different dynamic and harmonic possibilities, so they offer the chance to discover the trio's potential experimenting ability.

Do not miss the exciting opportunity of meeting such good musicians playing together as one band. This is going to be real fun!