Sunday, February 26, 2006


Continuing their sell-out UK tour, Nickel Creek gave the City Varieties a night to remember. The 100 minute set included music from both their earlier albums and their latest highly acclaimed album “Why Should The Fire Die?” The Californian trio joined by twice named IBMA Bass Player of the Year, Mark Schatz produced an evening which took the audience from delicate harmonies such as “Anthony” to the Celtic-flavoured tune “Scotch & Chocolate” which had everyone foot-tapping. With violinist Sara Watkins and guitarist Sean Watkins outstanding musicians themselves complimenting the wonderful stage presence of mandolinist Chris Thile, this was a night which will last in the memory for years to come. The quality of the performance throughout and the warmth of the final encore of “Doubting Thomas” left a glow and the realisation that Nickel Creek must be one of the finest live performers touring these shores this year, without doubt.