Sarah Jarosz has announced a series of live performances of the Blue Heron Suite this December. Jarosz composed the song cycle after becoming the recipient of the FreshGrass Composition Commission in 2017 and premiered the piece later that year at the FreshGrass Festival.
A recording of Blue Heron Suite featuring accompaniment by Jefferson Hamer and Jeff Picker was released in May of this year. The trio, which performed the piece on Mother’s Day for a special livestreamed concert event, will reunite for these shows and will perform the suite in its entirety along with other material from throughout the four-time GRAMMY winner’s career.
Blue Heron Suite was warmly embraced by critics upon its release. Writing in The New Yorker, Jay Ruttenberg called the album “emotional and raw, with guitars ominously circling Jarosz’s voice,” while Paste’s Tom Lanham proclaimed it Jarosz’s “most poignant, reflective work yet, all sung in her signature warm, ember-smoky warble.”
Henry Carrigan of Folk Alley observed, “Blue Heron Suite captures the feelings of transience that lurk around the edges of our lives and that come into the light in times when we face possible loss, but in these songs Jarosz demonstrates that we can be transported, momentarily at least, above our bodies and this earth on wings.”
American Songwriter’s Lee Zimmerman proclaimed Blue Heron Suite “a decidedly mature work that evokes rumination and deliberation in equal measure. Subdued and sublime, it finds hope in spite of happenstance and wisdom in reflection,” while Atwood’s Mariel Fitchuk asserted, “As universal as it is personal, Blue Heron Suite is perhaps her best work yet.”
Jarosz recently wrapped up a mini-tour of the east coast that included shows in Boston, New York City, and Washington, DC. In early November, she will do a short run of dates with Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn (details are listed below). She is planning an extensive tour of the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom in 2022 that will focus on 2020’s GRAMMY-winning album World on the Ground as well as Blue Heron Suite.
An Evening with Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, and Sarah Jarosz, Together in Concert
Nov 4th - State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
Nov 5th - Hoyt Sherman Place - Des Moines, IA
Nov 9th - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN
Sarah Jarosz – Blue Heron Suite Tour
Dec 1st - Academy of Music - Northampton, MA
Dec 2nd - Stone Mountain Arts Center - Brownfield, ME
Dec 3rd - The Egg - Albany, NY
Dec 4th - Caramoor - Katonah, NY
Dec 5th - Levon Helm Studios - Woodstock, NY
Dec 7th - Center For The Arts - Homer, NY
Dec 8th - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
Dec 9th - Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA
Dec 10th - Shalin Liu - Rockport, MA
Dec 11th - Portland House of Music - Portland, ME