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Nickle Creek Saying Farewell -- For Now

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Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins doesn’t like the title of the bluegrass trio’s Farewell (For Now) Tour.

“We were gonna call it the Victory Lap Tour, but our management thought it sounded arrogant,” Watkins, 26, says with a laugh. “But I like the idea of a victory lap. This is the end of an age, the end of an act in our lives and a celebration of it rather than a sad thing, which I think a farewell always is.”

The singer-fiddler and her bandmates — older brother Sean on guitar and Chris Thile on mandolin — are certainly smiling as they bring Nickel Creek to a close after 18 years and six albums. They’ll play their final shows Nov. 28-29 in Nashville, then move on to continuing their individual careers, and Watkins says she hopes “to spend a little more time at home.”

And, she promises, it will be a dry-eyed goodbye that Nickel Creek is keeping deliberately open-ended.

“We’re ending on great terms,” Watkins notes. “We made it this long without hating each other. It’s been a privilege to get this far.

“And, yeah, we’re leaving the door open, but we’re not putting pressure on ourselves to do anything. We realize we’re going to see each other a whole lot at festivals and stuff, and we like playing with each other. It’s not out of the question that in 10 years, each of us will have a batch of songs we set aside ’cause they would be perfect for Nickel Creek.

“The beautiful thing is we can do it if we want to.”

Nickel Creek and Dave (Gruber) Allen perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 16) at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $42 and $30. Call (734) 668-8463 or visit www.michtheater.org.

Web Site: www.michtheater.org

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