Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan head out on tour this month under the combined tour banner of I’m with Her. This pleasantly surprising combo came about after an impromptu performance at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival and they made their first European performance at this year’s Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland. They have a few remaining dates in the UK including London’s Union Chapel (details here) before they head to Ireland including the Kilkenny Roots Festival.
As Sara Watkins explained when the three of them do get together good things happen. “I respect Sarah and Aoife’s instrumental and vocal musicianship so much. Writing, arranging, every time we play together we are learning how to be a supportive, explosive, good band. That’s very satisfying.”
“One thing I’m really excited about in terms of this particular group of voices is that each individual has a lot more range than people might think and it’s going to be fun experimenting with different dynamic and harmonic possibilities,” O’Donovan said.
Performances on the I’m With Her Tour (full dates below) will be a culmination of all three artists playing together as one band; sets will include a mix of each other’s songs, cover songs and traditional songs.
“I’m really excited about this trio because we each do our own thing and we each do it differently, so I’m looking forward to discovering all of the unique possibilities that come with combining our individual voices,” Jarosz added.
26 April • Sheffield, UK • Memorial Hall
28 April • London, UK • Union Chapel
29 April • Oxford, UK • St Johns the Evangelist
02 May • Derry, NI • Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
03 May • Kilkenny, IE • Kilkenny Roots Festival
04 May • Sligo, IE • The Hawk’s Well Theatre
05 May • Dublin, IE • Whelan’s