Shari Ulrich

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Shari Ulrich
Birth nameSharon Ulrich
Born (1951-10-17) October 17, 1951 (age 67)
San Rafael, California, U.S.
OriginBritish Columbia
GenresFolk, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsViolin, guitar, piano, mandolin, dulcimer, flute
Years active1973–present
LabelsA&M, Esther, MCA, Borealis
Associated actsHometown Band, Valdy, UHF, BTU, The High Bar Gang, Pied Pumkin
Websiteshariulrich.com

Sharon "Shari" Ulrich (born 17 October 1951)[1] is a Canadian/American musician and songwriter. She has won a Juno Award for "Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year" and worked as a television host, actress, film composer, and 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 nine. 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]

Career[edit]

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 1976 as a member of the Hometown Band.[4][5][6] After they disbanded in 1978 she went solo, and 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" and Bentall Taylor Ulrich's 2016 "Tightrope Walk" 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 (1989 - 1996) to musician, songwriter and artist David Graff. They have a daughter, Julia Graff, who is also a multi-instrumentalist (violin, mandolin, piano, guitar, accordion & vocals) and is a busy audio engineer, music editor in film and television, and videographer having received her Masters In Music in Sound Recording from McGill University in 2013. Shari also has a son, Mike Magee, who was given up for adoption in 1967, with whom she reunited in 2009, who is an architect in Eugene, OR where he lives with his wife Ann and daughter Abigail.

Discography[edit]

Group[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • 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[13]

References[edit]

  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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