Shari Ulrich

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Shari Ulrich
Birth name Sharon Ulrich
Born (1951-10-17) October 17, 1951 (age 65)
San Rafael, California
Origin British Columbia
Genres folk, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician, film composer
Instruments violin, vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin, dulcimer, flute
Years active 1973–present
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)[1] is an American/Canadian musician-songwriter. She has won a Juno Award for "Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year", and worked as a television host, actor, film composer, and songwriting educator. A multi-instrumentalist, she plays violin, mandolin, guitar, piano and dulcimer.

Early life[edit]

Ulrich was born in San Rafael, California to Esther and Stanley Ulrich; she was 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 four. Stanley died when Shari was 10 years old, leaving Esther to raise their family as a single parent.[2] Ulrich moved to British Columbia at the age of 18.[3]


Ulrich performed on the coffeehouse circuit around Vancouver in the early 1970s. 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.

Ulrich toured with Valdy in 1977 as a member of the Hometown Band.[4][5][6] Shortly afterward, she won a 1981 Juno Award for "Most Promising Female Vocalist"[7] and received Juno nominations in the following two years for "Best Female Vocalist".[8][9]

Ulrich wrote for Sesame Street and composed theme music for several networks, including the CBC. In 1989 she formed the folk music group UHF along with Bill Henderson (Chilliwack) and Roy Forbes.[10]

In 2009, Ulrich joined Barney Bentall and Tom Taylor to release the album "Live" at Cates Hill. After a break of several years, the trio reunited as BTU and have released a studio album Tightrope Walk.[4]

Ulrich continues to perform solo (often accompanied by daughter Julia Graff on violin, piano, mandolin, guitar, accordion and vocals). Graff also engineered and produced Ulrich's 2014 release "Everywhere I Go" while studying for a master's degree in music in sound recording at McGill University. She tours occasionally with the Pied Pumkin, UHF, BTU and bluegrass group The High Bar Gang.[11] She lives on Bowen Island, British Columbia.

Personal life[edit]

Ulrich was married to fellow musician and artist David Graff. They have a daughter, Julia, who is also a musician.





  1. ^ International Who's who in Music: Popular music. Vol. two. Melrose Press. 1996. p. 573. ISBN 978-0-948875-07-6. 
  2. ^ "Shari Ulrich - Bio". Shari Ulrich. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Salmon Festival: You won't get bored at the main stage gig: Ulrich". Christopher Sun, Richmond News, June 24, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Folk trio BTU serves up a solid set of new material on Tightrope Walk". The Guardian, February 20, 2016
  5. ^ "FANS honours artistic achievement". Erin McPhee / North Shore News, November 7, 2014
  6. ^ "Valdy", The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia, via Jam! Canoe.
  7. ^ "Ulrich enriches Civic Centre audience". Merrit Herald, November 21, 2001
  8. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia: Shari Ulrich
  9. ^ "Shari Ulrich". Canadian Bands. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ulrich's voice and songs continue to enchant". By Jim Barber, Kingston This Week, May 31, 2012
  11. ^ "High Bar Gang playing for literacy", Victoria News, June 16, 2011
  12. ^ "Shari Ulrich – A Woman of Constant Music". Folk Roots Radio, April 27, 2016
  13. ^ "FAME Review: Shari Ulrich - Everywhere I Go". Acoustic Music, by Frank Gutch Jr.

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