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Sara Watkins last night in San Diego
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I had mentioned this concert in a prior post, but can't find it so I thought I'd just start a new thread with the follow up, for anyone interested.

It was a very good show at Anthology in downtown SD; Sara, her brother Sean, and a basist.  Sara has such a sweet voice and, when she plays it, her fiddle playing is so cool.  A lot of her new stuff is kind of mellow, whimsical, bluegrass, but on a couple of her older songs, she tore into her fiddle,,, it was soooo cool to hear and watch.

Now the thing that really perplexed me is, I know she plays fiddle/violin,,, but the instrument she played last night looked like it had to be a viola; she's a diminutive girl, but her left arm was outstretched in first position; and the way it was tuned sounded deeper but not quite like a viola,,,, maybe it was a mezzo or tenor violin.  I just don't know, but it sounded great.

And the opening group was quite a treat; a group from OR that was surprisingly good; sort of a southern jazz feel; Noah Gundersen and his sister (violinist).  You should check 'em out; they were really good.

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