Mandolin wizard is back for more

Sarah Jarosz
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TEXAS-born Sarah Jarosz blasted on to the acoustic music scene with everyone acclaiming her as the new wunderkid on the block.

At just 16 years of age, and with a deal with Sugar Hill Records under her belt, she left jaws dropping in her wake with her powerful mandolin playing.

It wasn’t long before she was showing the music world that she could also hold her own on guitar and banjo.

But she also blossomed into one of the finest singers on the new bluegrass circuit, as well as showing a ready ability to pen some great songs.

These are particularly evident on her second album, Follow Me Down, recorded with the help of some of the best musicians around, including Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski, Shawn Colvin and Darrell Scott.

That says it all.

With such peer approval, Jarosz has definitely arrived and continues to make her mark.

A recent show at the Greystones, in Sheffield, left the audience hungry for more.

That is about to be satisfied with a quick return to the same venue later this month.

While growing up in Austin, Jarosz blossomed within the local music scene and was soon earning admirers from far and wide with her mature sensibilities.

Jarosz has a highly developed sense of what she’s about: “What’s most important is trying to stay true to myself as an artist and be as original as I can.”

SARAH Jarosz will be at the Greystones, Sheffield, on Monday, May 28. For tickets, visit

LOCAL rising acoustic stars Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts will be at the Rock@Maltby, Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby, tomorrow night. Next Friday’s guests are Tom McConville and Dave Newey.

HORIZON Award winner of this year’s BBC Folk Awards, Lucy Ward is at the Live@215 venue, in Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield, tomorrow night. The 22-year-old acoustic artist from Derby plays guitar and concertina but her voice is her first instrument. Her sets are a rich mix of traditional and modern folk interpretations along with her own songs.

THE Folk Train sets off from Sheffield station for its journey to Edale at 7.14pm next Tuesday, with music from Albert’s Skiffle Band. Music continues at the Ramb ler Countgry House Hotel once the train arrives in Edale.

MULTI-instrumentalist and co-founder of the Incredible String Band, Robin Williamson appears at the Greystones, Sheffield, on Saturday.

US blues player Bill Sheffield, along with Producers front man Dave Saunders on bass, will be at the Greystones, Sheffield, on Sunday.

CLOUDSTREEET are at Wortely Folk Club, which now meets at the Venue, Stocksbridge, on Saturday. Based in Queensland, the duo of John Thompson and Nicole Murrey are touring the UK with their Australian, English and Celtic songs.

GUITAR player Tristan Mackay will be at the O2 Academy, Sheffield, next Wednesday.

GORDON Giltrap is at the Greystones next Thursday.