Born in the winter in the mountains of Wyoming, Sharon Martinson picked up the banjo first as a young girl while on the front porch of her grandparent’s house, but she didn’t start playing it until nearly the end of her PhD studies, when it suddenly provided ample distraction from writing her thesis. Her ecology field project brought her to the west coast, where she formed the unlikely banjo&cello duo of The Littlest Birds. After touring for nearly seven years, Sharon is currently reinventing Americana Banjo music with a new-meets-old-sound, recording a new album, Phoenix Rising, to be released in the Spring of 2019. She nests in Wyoming, but is more likely to be found migrating anywhere else. She is often touring for music, sharing her soul with the world, and continues to study ecology at Dartmouth College, most recently working in Argentina and Panama. Her unique banjo playing and hauntingly beautiful voice, innate grasp of traditional music and history of the banjo, as well as an unassuming yet powerful drive to forge ahead into uncharted musical and intellectual territories have given her the ability to create a path of her own through this life, following none, and inspiring many.
The Littlest Birds band consists of Michael Kirkpatrick (vocals, mandolin & guitar), Roger Sideman (upright bass) and Robert Hansen (Fiddle), as well as other guest musicians and a roving flock of music friends.