The Lonesome Sisters were voted Best Acoustic Duo by Gibson Guitars, 2006.
Sarah Hawker and Debra Clifford, have been playing music together since 2002. producing 3 CD's and touring the country.They are known for their distinct vocals and spare instrumentation. Their traditional, acoustic sound underpins soulful, modern lyrics, giving their music a fresh, sparse Appalachian feel.
Sarah Hawker comes from a long line of traditional Southern musicians including her aunt Ginny Hawker, uncle Tracy Schwarz, and grandfather Benson Hawker. She is well known for her songwriting, winning competitions at Merlfest and Clifftop Fiddler's Convention, and having her work featured in magazines such as SingOut!. She plays guitar, clawhammer banjo, and harmonium and sings lead.
Debra Clifford, co-founder of The Old Time Music School with Val Mindel, performs and teaches rhythm guitar, mandolin, and harmony singing at music events around the country, including Jay Unger and Molly Mason's Ashokan Southern Week. She plays guitar, mandolin, clawhammer banjo, tenor guitar and sings harmony.
Sarah & Debra live in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.
The new Lonesome Sisters CD, Deep Water, will be released April, 2012.
Sarah Hawker's new Kundalini Music CD, Long Time Sun, will be released May, 2012.