Lonesome Sisters

Lonesome Sisters


VOTED BEST ACOUSTIC DUO 2006 BY GIBSON GUITARS The Lonesome Sisters are known for their hard hitting high old time country and mountain harmonies and their love of singing about tragedy and heartache in all its forms. They have performed at venues such as the Newport Folk Festival and Merlefest.


Sarah Hawker learned about traditional Appalachian singing from her aunt Ginny Hawker, her uncle Tracy Schwarz, and her grandfather, Ben Hawker, beloved Primitive Baptist singer, teacher, and teller of tall tales. She has successfully entwined the roots of her family heritage with her own original work, winning the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest(Merlefest 2004) for her song "Forgiveness," and having her song "Going Home Shoes" featured in Sing Out! magazine (Fall 2004). Her song "Follow me Down" was voted best original song in the Clifftop WV Appalachian Stringband Festival Songwriting Contest, in August 2006.

Debra Clifford has played in many bluegrass, early country and old time contra dance bands in the Upstate NY and Ithaca area. She has performed with Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz, Mac Benford, and recorded a CD with the old time string band jimmyjohnnnyjoe. Debra is a songwriter, and a singer and teaches old time guitar. She plays an old Gibson SJ acoustic guitar, old Gibson mandolin, and fretless clawhammer banjo in the Lonesome Sisters. Debra also lives in Woodstock, NY, in the beautiful Catskill Mountains.


The Lonesome Sisters
The Lonesome Sisters with Riley Baugus: Going Home Shoes
The Lonesome Sisters with Rayna Gellert: Follow Me Down