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Sara & Sean Watkins - with support from Winter Mountain - 12 November 2010

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You could say that Sara Watkins’ solo debut has been a lifetime in the making. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter and fiddle player spent nearly two decades—all of her teenage and young adult life—as one-third of Nickel Creek, the Grammy Award–winning acoustic trio that used contemporary bluegrass as a starting point for its no-genre-barred sound. Along the way, she’s hinted at her desire to do a project of her own and even organized some exploratory sessions in Los Angeles about six years ago. Now, with Nickel Creek on indefinite hiatus, she is releasing her self-titled solo disc, recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville and produced by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.

It features an impressively wide range of backing players and old friends, including itinerant alt-country duo Gillian Welch and Dave Rawling, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas; fellow travelers from the bluegrass world like Tim O’Brien, Chris Eldridge, Ronnie McCoury and Rayna Gellert; and her Nickel Creek bandmates.

Winter Mountain: October 2008, an Englishman and an Irishman, both songwriters, traveling by rail across the united States, step onto the same train in Chicago IL. Whether a chance meeting or an act of fate, the conversation that followed revealed their mutual love for vocal harmony and the sounds of the sixties and was to highlight a general feeling that both were searching for something not of this era. By the time they hit Memphis TN the foundations for a new musical force were set...

Currently taking the UK gig circuit by storm, Winter Mountain are a folk harmony duo featuring Joe Francis on vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica and Martin Smyth on vocals, piano and organs. Hailing from the shores of Cornwall and Donegal, the band blend melodic folk songs, heartfelt lyrics and two voices in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance, the power of harmony and the essence of the song...