Sara's show was so relaxing
THE last time Sara Watkins was in Bristol was in 2010 and it had only been a couple of years since the break-up of the incredibly influential trio Nickel Creek with which she made her name.
At that time the extremely bubbly fiddle player and singer had few songs of her own and her set list was dominated by cover versions and a good sprinkling of numbers from the Nickel Creek repertoire. Since then she has forged a reputation as a performer in her own right with two albums to her name.
Accompanied here by her own fiddle and occasionally ukelele and by two workmanlike musicians on guitar and bass guitar, her set included a large number of love songs like Lock And Key, the break-up song All The Time and the rather playful Miss My Kisses.
There were lots of upbeat songs as well particularly the very catchy You And Me and the thoughtful Wake Up Your Spade, most with a country twang but perhaps more pop than bluegrass.
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There were still a lot of covers though Robert Earl Keen's upbeat Feelin' Good Again was one of the highlights of the set.
She sings well although her voice is a little very strong and her upper register is weak, but she is foremost an exceptional musician and a few more fiddle tunes wouldn't have gone amiss.
It was an extremely relaxed gig of well-crafted songs and excellent playing delivered with a lot of humour and charm.