Shari Ulrich

Shari Ulrich
Birth name Sharon Ulrich
Born (1951-10-17) October 17, 1951 (age 69)
San Rafael, California, U.S.
Origin British Columbia
Genres Folk, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Violin, guitar, piano, mandolin, dulcimer, flute
Years active 1973–present
Labels A&M, Esther, MCA, Borealis
Associated acts The Hometown Band, Valdy, UHF, BTU, The High Bar Gang, Pied Pumkin

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

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]


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 Pied Pumkin 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

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.



  • 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*
  • 2016 Tightrope Walk - BTU (Bentall Taylor Ulrich)
  • 2017 Someday the Heart Will Trouble the Mind - The High Bar Gang* [12]


  • 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]
  • 2019 Back to Shore [14]


  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.
  14. ^ Varty, Alexander (12 June 2019). "Shari Ulrich finds acceptance and self-forgiveness with Back to Shore". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 9 July 2019.

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