The Lonesome Sisters


The Lonesome Sisters, Sarah Hawker & Debra Clifford, were voted Best Acoustic Duo by Gibson Guitars, 2006. Their CD The Lonesome Sisters with Riley Baugus was chosen as a top ten DIY albums of the year for 2005 in Performing Songwriter.

Sarah Hawker & Debra Clifford, have been playing music as the Lonesome Sisters since 2002, producing 3 CD's and touring the country. They are known for their distinctive 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 first prize in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest and Best Song at Clifftop Appalachian 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 has toured with Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz. She and Sarah Hawker, her lonesome sister, have performed with Alice Gerrard and Hazel Dickens, Laurie Lewis, Mike Marshall and Darol Anger. She teaches rhythm guitar, mandolin, and harmony singing at Jay Unger and Molly Mason's Ashokan Southern Week, as well as the
The Old Time Traveling Music School with Val Mindel, see a full video there. She has taught Harmony Week in Scotland with Val, and at Jalopy School of Music in Brooklyn, as well as numerous house concerts and workshops.
Debra played in the winning 2009 Clifftop Stringband 'The Bailers', as well as guitar for Emily Schaad, winning fiddler 2012, video here. Debra plays guitar, mandolin, fretless clawhammer banjo, fiddle, tenor guitar and sings harmony and lead.

Sarah & Debra live in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.

Please check out their new Kundalini Yoga Music project Long Time Sun.