Singer-songwriter Jarosz to play in Port

Grace McQuade

Two-time Grammy Award nominee Sarah Jarosz will join Landmark on Main Street’s 36 Weekends on Stage Fabulous Folk lineup when she takes the Jeanne Rimsky stage on Friday, March 17.

A gifted multi-instrumentalist, insightful songwriter, and singular vocalist, Jarosz has been Americana’s fastest rising star from her days as a child prodigy to her critically acclaimed recordings released while attending New England Conservatory of Music.

She continues her ascent with her fourth recording, “Undercurrent,” which is nominated for two 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Performance.

While “Undercurrent” is a creative landmark for Jarosz, she’s been making music for most of her life.

Growing up in Wimberley, Texas, she began singing in early childhood.

Upon receiving a mandolin for Christmas when she was nine-years-old, she worked tirelessly to master the instrument, and learned to play guitar and clawhammer banjo along the way.

When she was 11, she performed at her first bluegrass festival; over the next few years, she gained an impressive reputation as a young phenom on the festival circuit, absorbing a world of traditional influences while honing her own highly original songwriting sensibility.

“From an early age, I’ve had a strong desire to create music,” Jarosz says. “I was also fortunate to be surrounded by older, accomplished musicians who were my mentors. From the very beginning, all of my heroes looked out for me and challenged me in the best ways. It was great being raised in music that way. I always felt completely supported, and I think that that attitude affected the way I approach music now.”

“Undercurrent” is just the latest Jarosz release to win critical and fan acclaim.

Her third album, 2013’s “Build Me Up from Bones,” which featured an expanded sonic and compositional palette, garnered Grammy nominations for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song.

Rounding out the program is guest artist 10 String Symphony.

The Nashville folk group began as a creative release valve for Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, two 5-string fiddle players and veteran sidemen of Nashville’s music scene.

Baiman, a former Illinois state fiddle champion in the old time tradition, needed an outlet for the new sort of songs she was writing.

Sedelmyer, a classically trained violinist and now a current touring member of the Jerry Douglas Band, was looking to get in touch the impetuous spirit of the rock bands he played in before his arrival in Nashville.

With the love of the 5¬string fiddle and its musical possibilities as its focal point, the band’s mission statement was as clear as it was expansive: Two fiddles. Two Voices. Epic music.

Tickets for Sarah Jarosz are available through Landmark’s Box Office, 516-767-6444 and online at www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.

Premium $35 (Friends $30), Select $30 (Friends $25), Standard $25 (Friends $20)

Tickets are currently on sale and all ticket prices include a $2 facilities fee for capital improvements.

Landmark on Main Street is grateful for the support of our Fabulous Folk series sponsor The Tepper Family Foundation and our media sponsor WFUV Public Radio.

This year’s Fabulous Folk lineup also includes upcoming performances by Kathy Mattea (Feb. 12) and Chris Smither & David Lindley (March 26).

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