American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz has a superfan to add to her burgeoning list of admirers.
Elton John described her concert in Atlanta last month – alongside compatriot Parker Millsap – as one of the best he had ever seen. Praise indeed, and it is likely to come as no surprise to Sheffield audiences who have watched her develop as a hugely gifted artist, delicately weaving Americana and folk patterns.
There have been a couple of dates at The Greystones with small select groups of backing musicians and a performance at the Memorial Hall.
Now at the grand age of 25, Jarosz is back in the city, this time at Sheffield University’s Firth Hall, off Western Bank, next Friday, November 18.
She will be joined by Eli West (electric/acoustic guitar, vocals) and Jeff Picker (bass), performing songs from her fourth album, Undercurrent.
It’s a languid, thoughtful and understated collection, beautifully underscored by Jarosz’s singing and subtle musicianship.
Undercurrent? “I really like that word,” says the Texas-born artist. “If you look up the definition, it’s an underlying feeling or influence or a flow of water moving below the surface. To me, that really encompasses the feeling behind this record.”
Her musical career can be traced back to when she was given a mandolin for Christmas when she was nine years old, going on to learn to play guitar and clawhammer banjo. When she was 11, she performed at her first bluegrass festival.
Undercurrent is her first release since graduating with honours from the New England Conservatory of Music, and her first since relocating to New York City. Support in Sheffield is Dietrich Strause, another US singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, based in Boston.