Sara Milonovich is a rarity in the music world: at once a successful solo artist - singer, fiddler, composer and bandleader - while at the same time an equally sought-after accompanist for many other artists in different musical genres. She has performed throughout the US and Europe in the Americana-roots, folk, rock, bluegrass, celtic, and Appalachian music scenes, both solo and in collaboration with artists such as Richard Shindell, Pete Seeger (on his Grammy-winning At 89 album), Eliza Gilkyson, Cathie Ryan, The McKrells, Quickstep, and Antje Duvekot, among others.
Her latest CD, Daisycutter (2009), was a nominated Grammy semifinalist. It features her own compositions along with fresh readings of songs by a variety of contemporary writers. The album is also notable for the friends from some of her different musical lives who joined in: newgrass mandolin stalwart Mike Marshall, Nashville bassist Viktor Krauss, singer/songwriters Richard Shindell and Eliza Gilkyson, famed Austin musician and producer Lloyd Maines, Irish guitarist John Doyle, jazz reedman Matt Darriau of The Klezmatics, and Springsteen banjoist Gregory Liszt, to mention a few.
Growing up on a working farm in rural upstate New York, Sara began playing the fiddle when she was four years old. She joined The Adirondack Fiddlers at the age of seven, and was leading her own bands by age nine. She won several bluegrass and old-time fiddle and song contests throughout her teen years, while at the same time performing with the Empire State Youth and Repertory Orchestras and several string quartets. She released her first recording at age twelve, and at fifteen followed with a CD under the name Sara Miles (as her name was so often mispronounced), which was also a Grammy-nominated semifinalist. She left school at sixteen to hit the road with NY bluegrass band The McKrells, but several years later kept everyone guessing by heading off to Cornell for a degree in biology. The diploma is now collecting dust though, as she was pulled right back into the music world upon graduation.
In her live performances, she is supported by her 5-piece band (also called Daisycutter) - a group of adventurous fellow travelers from the many and varied music scenes of New York City.