The women – who have several Grammy Awards and nine albums between them – had crossed paths over the years, but I’m With Her came together by happenstance for a performance at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Clearly they realised they were on to something special – and that can be heard in ‘See You Around’, the first single from their upcoming album of the same name.
To have three singer-songwriters and musicians of this calibre (Watkins plays fiddle and ukulele, Jarosz mandolin and banjo, and O’Donovan piano and synth, as well as each playing guitar) performing together is a rare treat – their harmonies alone are magical, but in this one song their years of craft are also evident. It’s not a foregone conclusion that three solo performers can blend this well together – after years of working alone, melding with others can’t be easy. What is required is, often, a sense of serving a greater purpose in the music that you’re making together. The members of I’m With Her have come together to create something beautiful. And that’s just one song. The album is sure to be an event.
Watch a live performance of ‘See You Around’ on YouTube.
See You Around is out 16 February 2018.