Bluegrass Virtuoso Sarah Jarosz November 6 at Plymouth State

October 20th, 2010 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H.—The Silver Series at Plymouth State University will present bluegrass virtuoso Sarah Jarosz, Saturday Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall.

Jarosz has dazzled audiences on the bluegrass circuit since age 12, playing mandolin, guitar and claw hammer banjo.Famed dobro player Jerry Douglas offered high praise when he said she “sounds like an old man playing the banjo.”

Jarosz said she was patient in the CD-making process—she waited all the way until her 18th birthday to release her first CD, which received a Grammy Award nomination. Song Up in Her Head was named one of the top albums of the year by everyone from Rolling Stone to National Public Radio.

In a review of the CD for Texas Platters Margaret Moser said, “For Wimberley’s (Texas) Sarah Jarosz, Song Up in Her Head is a calling card of triple-threat stardom: a voice of maturity at 17, instrumentalist of precision and a songwriter of uncommon wisdom in the mode of Dolly Parton.”

Jarosz’ talent offsets any doubt that might arise because of her age. She’s been mentored by some of the best. Moser said Jarosz draws exquisite emotion and weaves alluring tales, and exclaimed that the album “shouts from the mountaintops that Sarah Jarosz has arrived.”

The young composer likes the process of song writing and says it’s new every time. “For me, it’s about being a good listener and not being closed off to the world,” she said.

Jarosz joined Earl Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs onstage at the Country Music Awards and was a special guest at the Del McCoury Band’s New Year’s Eve party. Recently, she returned to Austin, Texas for an immense opportunity—performing for an enthusiastic hometown audience for an Austin City Limits recording. The episode, which also features Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, will air November 9 on New Hampshire Public Television.

Tickets for Sarah Jarosz’ performance are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at

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