Sara Ullrika Watkins is an American singer-songwriter and fiddler. Watkins debuted in 1989 as the fiddler of the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek, which consisted of herself, her elder brother Sean, and mandolinist Chris Thile. As a band, they are notable for three wide-released albums: Nickel Creek, This Side, and Why Should the Fire Die?. Aside from singing and fiddling, Watkins also plays the ukulele and the guitar, and also played percussion while touring with The Decemberists. With Nickel Creek, Watkins released five studio albums, one compilation album and seven singles. Nickel Creek is on hiatus to branch off into new projects, and Watkins is pursuing a solo career, releasing her debut Sara Watkins on Nonesuch Records on April 7, 2009.