Sunday, September 14 | 7:00 p.m.
Monday, September 15 | 7:00 p.m.
Fall 2014 Concert Series
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Opening act on Sunday, September 14: Aoife O’Donovan
Sarah Jarosz is a 23-year-old, GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from just outside Austin, Texas. Her latest album, 2013’s Build Me Up From Bones, a follow up to 2011’s Follow Me Down, was recorded during her final year of college at New England Conservatory and released when she was at last able to tour without taking school into consideration. The album quickly garnered two GRAMMY nominations for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song, adding to her earlier nomination for her song “Mansinneedof” from her debut album Song Up In Her Head. Jarosz has also been nominated for Americana Music Association Awards for New/Emerging Artist of the Year (2010), Instrumentalist of the Year (2011), Song of the Year (2012) and Album of the Year (2014).
Once described as Gillian Welch’s “long-lost daughter” by Rolling Stone, Jarosz’s music fits comfortably where contemporary folk, Americana, and roots music intersect. MOJO labeled her a “newgrass prodigy” for her skills on banjo, guitar, and mandolin and the New York Times hailed her as “one of acoustic music’s finest talents,” with songwriting chops to match her instrumental prowess. She tours with stellar instrumentalists Alex Hargreaves (fiddle) and Nathaniel Smith (cello), playing for fans of acoustic, folk, Americana, bluegrass, and singer-songwriter throughout the US and the UK. Hargreaves and Smith have a substantial presence on Build Me Up From Bones—the trio sound is the basis for a good part of the album.
Aoife O’Donovan’s most recent album, Fossils, was released in 2013 to critical acclaim and she was hailed as “a vocalist of unerring instinct” by The New York Times. Rich in songs and unexpected textures, Fossils bears the remarkable fruits of O’Donovan’s and producer Tucker Martine’s (the Decemberists / My Morning Jacket) creative partnership.
O’Donovan is known as the lead singer of Crooked Still and Sometymes Why, and for singing on the 2013 GRAMMY-winning The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Stuart Duncan. Aoife also sang on Noam Pikelny’s 2013 GRAMMY-nominated album Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail. She received high praise for her performances at both Celtic Connections and Transatlantic Sessions and the stunning versatility and appeal of her voice has brought her to the attention of some of the most eminent names across roots, classical, bluegrass, and jazz, from Alison Krauss and Punch Brothers, to the Boston Pops and Dave Douglas. Aoife is working on her sophomore solo album, due out next year.
“A singer of modest rusticity, but as sophisticated as they come.”—The New York TimesBack to Concerts