Sarah Jarosz – Surrey Advertiser preview interview

Preview: Sarah Jarosz. St Mary’s Church, Guildford. Friday February 3rd. by Chaz Brooks

Fans of high quality Americana music will want to catch the gig by rising star Sarah Jarosz at St Mary’s Church in Guildford on Friday February 3rd.

Born in Texas but now residing in New York City, the multi-Grammy nominee is undertaking a two-week tour to support her fourth album Undercurrent.

Talking about her new album Jarosz explains “This is the first record I’ve made that has a beginning, a middle and an ending. It’s also the first time I’ve made an album that doesn’t have any covers on it.  I wanted it to feel like the rollercoaster ride that is life. It was important for me to start with light, and then go through darker times, and stubbornness, strength and weakness, and then end up on a hopeful note. When I visualize the record, I think of the Central Park reservoir, where I spent a lot of time getting inspiration and thinking about the album.”

While Undercurrent is a creative landmark for the 25 year-old Jarosz, she’s been making music for most of her life, having been given a mandolin for Christmas when she was nine. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, an expressive vocalist and a songwriter of rare insight, she has been described by The New York Times as “one of acoustic music’s most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success.”

When Sarah was 11, she performed at her first bluegrass festival; over the next few years, she gained an impressive reputation on the festival circuit.

“From an early age, I’ve had a strong desire to create music,” Jarosz states. “I love the gift of being a musician, and as the world gets crazier I am so grateful that I have made such good friends from music and whilst travelling.”

Sarah told The Surrey Advertiser “I’m so excited to be back playing England. The reaction I get here is fantastic and I’m really looking forward to playing in Guildford.”

Sarah will be accompanied by Jeff Picker on upright bass and Anthony Da Costa on guitar and vocals. It shows a commitment to the UK audiences when an act brings musicians from the States.

People who have seen recent gigs in Guildford such as Anais Mitchell and Aoife O’Donovan will love this gig. Sarah is a good friend of both of them, and plays with Aoife and Sara Watkins in the Americana mini supergroup I’m With Her. According to Sarah “the Americana scene is an incredible community and we’re all friends.” Only last week she appeared on stage in New York with Chris Thile of the Punch Brothers.

Sarah has not been to Guildford before. Her visit is influenced by Anais Mitchell who has played the town four times. In her set she will be featuring tracks from her album Undercurrent and playing back numbers and “definitely a Bob Dylan cover or two.”

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Sarah Jarosz was interviewed by Chaz Brooks