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Sara Watkins Announces UK & Ireland Tour for January & February 2013

Sara Watkins 2012 h-cr by Aaron Redfield

Singer/songwriter/fiddle player Sara Watkins, who is currently on the final leg of her US tour with Jackson Browne, will tour the UK and Ireland in January and February in support of her acclaimed new album Sun Midnight Sun, which was released by Nonesuch Records in May. The two-week, 13-city tour begins in Sheffield on January 23, following a series of US headline shows in December with Aoife O'Donovan, and includes a show at London’s Lexington on January 30, as well as a set at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. See below for all of the currently scheduled tour dates; for additional details and ticket links, go to

Sun Midnight Sun is the follow up to Watkins’s critically acclaimed 2009 self-titled solo debut album, produced by John Paul Jones. The new album, produced by guitarist, singer, and songwriter Blake Mills, includes songs written by Watkins ("You and Me," "Take Up Your Spade") and several collaborations with Mills ("The Foothills," "Be There," "The Accord," "Impossible," and "Lock and Key"), and features special guest appearances by Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Benmont Tench, and Sean Watkins.

Watkins first gained recognition as a founding member of the Grammy Award–winning, platinum-selling trio Nickel Creek. When not on the road or in the studio, Watkins has guest-starred as fiddler and/or harmony vocalist on albums by Béla Fleck, the Chieftains, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Lee, Dan Wilson, Richard Thompson, and Alex Woodward, among others. Additionally, Watkins and her brother Sean continue an informal residency called the Watkins Family Hour at the LA club Largo, which often includes surprise cameos from friends and colleagues; free podcasts from the series are also available.

In the three years since her last release, Watkins has been busy touring the world as guest fiddle player and vocalist with the Decemberists and joining Garrison Keillor on his nationwide Summer Love performance tours, as well as acting as his first and only guest host for A Prairie Home Companion broadcasts.


Oct 25 Morris Performing Arts Center* South Bend, IN
Oct 26 Chicago Theatre* Chicago, IL
Oct 28 State Theater* Minneapolis, MN
Oct 29 Duluth Entertainment Convention Center* Duluth, MN
Nov 1 Adler Theater* Davenport, IA
Nov 2 Fox Theatre* St.Louis, MO
Nov 4 Verizon Theatre* Grand Prairie, TX
Nov 5 Music City Texas Theatre* Linden, TX
Nov 7 Bayou Music Center* Houston, TX
Nov 8 Bass Concert Hall* Austin, TX
Nov 10 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino* Catoosa, OK
Nov 11 Orpheum Theatre* Wichita, KS
Nov 12 Orpheum Theatre* Omaha, NE
Nov 14 Paramount Theatre* Denver, CO
Nov 15 Pikes Peak Center* Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 18 Valley Performing Arts Center* Northridge, CA

Dec 2 Pappy and Harriet's** Pioneertown, CA
Dec 3 SoHo** Santa Barbara, CA
Dec 5 Kuumbwa Jazz Center** Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 6 Humboldt Brews** Arcata, CA
Dec 7 WOW Hall** Eugene, OR
Dec 8 Mississippi Studios** Portland, OR
Dec 9 The Triple Door** Seattle, WA

Jan 23 Greystones Sheffield, UK
Jan 24 Cornerstone Didcot, UK
Jan 25 The Met Bury, UK
Jan 26 Celtic Connections† Glasgow, UK
Jan 27 The Sage Gateshead Gateshead, UK
Jan 29 Anvil Basingstoke, UK
Jan 30 Lexington London, UK
Feb 1 Róisín Dubh Galway, IRELAND
Feb 2 Whelan's Dublin, IRELAND
Feb 3 Black Box Belfast, UK
Feb 5 St Bonaventure's Club Bristol, UK
Feb 6 The Stables Milton Keynes, UK
Feb 7 Norwich Arts Centre Norwich, UK

* special guest of Jackson Browne
**w/ Aoife O'Donovan
† w/ Be Good Tanyas


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