In these days of gloom – and we don’t just mean the early fall of night beneath skies heavy with cloud and portents of storms to come – it’s nice to be able to offer our dear readers the chance to find a new use for their Hilary Clinton merchandise. Yup – if you’ve got a I’m With Her T-Shirt then good news, there’s a new super group in town and that’s the name they go under. Not just any super group – this band is made up of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan – so it’s a super group with superb harmony vocals. They’ve been in the studio – and not just any studio, the debut album was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath – with a co-producer. And yes, not just any co-producer – Ethan Johns was guiding the sessions as he’s done for Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney and many others. Including himself.
The result was See You Around which presents a warmly textured, yet stripped-down sound layered with lush guitar tones. The album has 11 originals, penned by the band in Los Angeles and Vermont, plus the never before released Gillian Welch-penned Hundred Miles. See You Around works from an intimate perspective with each member playing guitar and handling various aspects of the instrumentation— including fiddle and ukulele for Watkins, mandolin and banjo for Jarosz, piano and synth for O’Donovan.
January will see a one-off appearance at London’s Bush Hall, and there’s to be a UK tour in May of 2018. Dates are still being finalised but the intial ones are these :
Jan 30 London – Bush Hall
May 11 Belfast – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
May 12 Dublin – Whelan’s
May 14 Gateshead – Sage Two
May 15 Manchester – Band On The Wall
May 16 Bristol – The Station
May 17 London – Union Chapel
Whilst we await the full tour list, why not take a listen to the first released track. Why not indeed?