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Watkins Family Hour Features two Luminaries of Americana Music

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The Watkins Family Hour plays at the Barre Opera House on October 28.

BARRE – On Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m., the Watkins Family Hour will feature two luminaries of Americana music, their band and a special guest.

Watkins Family Hour is a collaborative musical project founded by musicians and siblings Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins and traditionally held at beloved Los Angeles club Largo. Since the first Watkins Family Hour show in 2002, the duo has released three studio albums, debuting with their self-titled album in 2015, following with Brother Sister in 2020 and, most recently, releasing Vol. II in August 2022. Sean and Sara recorded Vol. II at Los Angeles’ East West Studios in early 2022 alongside a roster of Family Hour collaborators, including Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Madison Cunningham, Lucius, Jon Brion and more. As with their debut, the band will tour in support of Vol. II, bringing the Watkins Family Hour experiences to stages far and wide.

As the brother and sister continue to work on their own solo music, as well as with their other bands like “Nickel Creek” and “I’m With Her,” Watkins Family Hour remains both an invaluable resource and respite for them both, offering a familiar space to test new ideas, meet new collaborators and have a good time doing what they love.

Sara and Sean Watkins will be joined by Willie Watson, formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show and member of Dave Rawlings Machine. For nearly two decades, Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions.

Tickets for The Watkins Family Hour may be ordered at or call the Barre Opera House at (802) 476-8188. The Opera House is handicapped accessible and equipped for the hearing impaired. The Barre Opera House encourages everyone to wear a mask while attending performances. Currently, masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination status are no longer required.

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