nervous but excited
FALL 2022

it’s been 10 years y’all!


exeter, nh
ann arbor, mi
east lansing, mi


exeter, nh • 09.24.22
ann arbor, mi • 11.11.22
east lansing, mi  • 11.12.22

Nervous but Excited

Since their “hiatus” in 2012, Kate Peterson and Sarah Cleaver of Nervous but Excited have spent the years over 700 miles apart, singing the melody lines in their own ways, just awaiting the right time to bring the harmonies back. Ten years later, the stars will align for three special reunion shows.  

They are breaking the ice with their first show on the east coast near Sarah’s hometown of Kittery, ME, at The Word Barn Meadow in Exeter, NH (7PM Saturday, September 24th).  In November, they return to Kate's home base of Michigan to perform at two of their all-time favorite venues, The Ann Arbor Ark (8PM, Friday, Nov. 11th) and the East Lansing Women in the Arts Festival, co-produced by the Ten Pound Fiddle (6:30PM, Saturday, Nov. 12th).

Before you even ask, yes, there will be nerves and there will be excitement! Kate and Sarah on stage together is an experience no one can predict–even them. A few things are certain – there will be vulnerability; there will be silliness. There will be moments that honor gratitude and grief. There will be open hearts, awkwardness, and most definitely, there will be laughter. And singalongs, always singalongs!  Whatever the feeling, it will be palpable. 

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Pleasantly Aggressive Folk Duo Nervous but Excited is two songwriters, two singers, three guitars, a banjo, a mandolin, a ukulele, dead-on harmony, some vaguely choreographed dancing, and an impressive amount of laughter. Their original repertoire ranges in topic from smart, introspective narratives to the tactfully political… interspersed with songs of love and loss that will undoubtedly tug on your heartstrings. Their harmonies have been described as the kind that build so smoothly until suddenly they start to shake your insides.

 “Ahhhh… organic and rich like good soil … makes me want to listen and hear it grow.
The songs are honest and dimensional. it’s music to my ears.”   – Amy Ray, The Indigo Girls

 “…blending progressive politics, sharp wit, and deep introspection with nuanced harmonies…” – Curve magazine

  From 2004-2012, Nervous but Excited played over 600 shows in the US and Canada (plus one jaunt over to Spain) in support of 7 releases (3 studio, 1 live and 3 EPs). Throughout the years, Kate and Sarah collaborated with many Michigan musicians, performing live as a 7-piece band at the peak. Mainstay band members included dear friend and manager Susie Giang (bass, banjo) and multi-instrumentalist Murray Stewart-Jones (drums). Other live and studio collaborators included Theo Katman (Vulpeck),  Allison Russell (Po’ Girl, Birds of Chicago), Joshua Davis (Steppin’ in it, The Voice ), Chris Bathgate, Girlyman, Frontier Ruckus, Hana Malhas, Katie Sawicki, and Lyndell Montgomery, among others.  

Their song “Said and Done” was chosen to be part of the award-winning movie Annabelle & Bear and with the help of NBE’s strong and loyal fan community (nearly 25,000 Facebook fans), Kate and Sarah won a competition to film a cameo and sing live in the movie.

Kate and Sarah played many established rooms and festivals across the country and with artists such as Ani Difranco, Iron and Wine, Ben Gibbard, Joshua Davis, Andrea Gibson, Utah Phillips, Catie Curtis, Lucy Kaplansky, Melissa Ferrick, Cheryl Wheeler, Ferron, Toshi Reagon, Girlyman and Chris Pureka.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

The Word Barn Meadow
Exeter, NH

7 PM. Tickets: $20

Friday, November 11, 2022

The Ark
Ann Arbor, MI

8 PM. Tickets: $25
($5 of each ticket donated to The Ark)

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Women in the Arts Festival
East Lansing, MI

Co-produced by the Ten Pound Fiddle
6:30 PM. Tickets: $20/18/5


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