|Birth name||Sharon Ulrich|
October 17, 1951 |
San Rafael, California
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician, film composer|
|Instruments||violin, vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin, dulcimer, flute|
|Labels||A&M Records, Esther Records, MCA, Borealis|
|Associated acts||Hometown Band, Valdy, UHF (Ulrich Henderson Forbes), BTU (Bentall, Taylor, Ulrich), The High Bar Gang, Pied Pumkin (band),|
Sharon (Shari) Ulrich, (born 17 October 1951) is a Canadian musician-songwriter though born in the United States. She has won a Juno Award for "Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year", and has acted as a television host, actor, film composer, and songwriting educator. As a multi-instrumentalist she plays violin, mandolin, guitar, piano and dulcimer.
Ulrich performed on the coffee house circuit around Vancouver in the early seventies. In 1973, she met up with Rick Scott and Joe Mock, and together they formed the Pied Pumkin String Ensemble which first performed that year.
Her break came when she was hired to tour with Valdy and his Hometown Band. Shortly afterward, she won a 1982 Juno Award for "Most Promising Female Vocalist" and received Juno nominations in the following two years for "Best Female Vocalist".
Ulrich has also written items for Sesame Street and composed theme music for several networks, including the CBC. She is also a member of the folk music group UHF with Bill Henderson (Chilliwack) and Roy Forbes.
Ulrich continues to perform solo (often accompanied by daughter Julia Graff on violin, piano, mandolin, guitar, accordion and vocals) and to occasionally tour with the Pied Pumkin, UHF, BTU and bluegrass group The High Bar Gang. She lives on Bowen Island, British Columbia.
Shari was born in San Rafael, California to Esther and Stanley Ulrich, the youngest of three children. Esther was proficient on piano, while Stanley (who worked in banking), played the recorder for relaxation. Shari picked up music early, playing violin at age 4. Stanley died when Shari was just 10 years old, though, leaving Esther to raise the family as a single parent. Ulrich moved to British Columbia at the age of 18.
Shari was married at one point to David Graff, a fellow musician and artist. They have a daughter, Julia Graff, who often plays with Shari. Shari's 2014 release "Everywhere I Go" was engineered and produced by Julia, getting her masters in music in sound recording at McGill University.
- 1974 The Pied Pumkin String Ensemble - Pied Pumkin
- 1976 Pie Pumkin Allah Mode - Pied Pumkin
- 1978 Pear of Pied Pumkin - Pied Pumkin
- 1976 Flying - The Hometown Band
- 1977 The Hometown Band - The Hometown Band
- 1988 The Lost Squash Tapes - Pied Pumkin
- 1990 UHF
- 1995 UHF II
- 1998 Plucking DeVine - Pied Pumkin
- 2009 "Live" at Cates Hill - Bentall, Ulrich, Taylor
- 2012 Flying - The Hometown Band - re-release on CD
- 2012 The Hometown Band - The Hometown Band - re-release on CD
- 2013 Lost and Undone - The High Bar Gang
- 1980 Long Nights
- 1981 One Step Ahead
- 1982 Talk Around Town
- 1989 Every Road
- 1991 The Best of Shari Ulrich
- 1998 The View from Here
- 2010 Find Our Way
- 2014 Everywhere I Go
- "Shari Ulrich". Borealis Records. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- The Canadian Encyclopedia: Shari Ulrich
- "Shari Ulrich". Canadian Bands. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- The High Bar Gang
- "High Bar Gang playing for literacy", Victoria News, June 16, 2011
- "Shari Ulrich - Bio". Shari Ulrich. Retrieved 2 November 2014.