See rising star Sierra Hull in concert at Miami University Hamilton

Miami University Regionals Artist Series will continue with a concert by Sierra Hull on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Parrish Auditorium. CONTRIBUTED
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Miami University Regionals Artist Series will continue with a concert by Sierra Hull on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Parrish Auditorium. CONTRIBUTED

Miami University Regionals Artist Series will continue with Sierra Hull in concert on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Parrish Auditorium in Hamilton.

“So many people from this area come from an Appalachian heritage, so we’ve always done bluegrass, folk, Americana, and the Appalachian roots forms of acoustic music have really done well for us. We intend to continue with those genres,” said Perry Richardson, interim director of the artist series.

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“We have a nice blend of upcoming artists like Sierra Hull, who are really coming into their own now. We might not be able to afford them in a couple of years,” he said.

“Sierra is excellent. She has been under the influence of Alison Krauss, so she has had some good mentorship. It’s going to be a terrific show,” Richardson said.

Hull, a bluegrass singer, mandolinist, guitarist and songwriter was recently named the “2017 Mandolin Player of the Year” at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in September. She also received the same honor in 2016, becoming the first woman in the show’s history to receive the award.

As a teen prodigy, Hull played the Grand Old Opry stage at age 11 with Alison Krauss. Her latest album, Weighted Mind, was produced by Bela Fleck and was nominated for a Grammy Award “As Best Folk Album” in 2017.

Hull, a Tennessee native, has played the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and became the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of Music. She has also received the Bluegrass Star Award, presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation in 2013.

Hull began playing the mandolin at the age of 8 and self-released her first album, “Angel Mountain,” at the age of 10. At the age of 13 she signed with Rounder Records, and soon became known as a gifted mandolin player and vocalist.

Hull released her first album on Rounder, “Secrets,” in 2008, and followed up “Daybreak” in 2011 and her most recent, “Weighted Mind.”

With a season line-up of Americana, folk, bluegrass and singer/songwriter styles, concerts will be offered at the Middletown and Hamilton campuses in a non-alcoholic listening environment. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. at both locations. Ticket prices vary for each show.

The next show at Miami Middletown will feature the Texas Troubadours with Ruthie Foster, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Carrie Rodriguez on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Miami University Middletown is located at 4200 N. University Blvd. Concerts will be held in Dave Finkelman Auditorium.

This year’s lineup at Miami Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium will conclude with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Ticket prices vary. Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd. Concerts will be held inside Parrish Auditorium.

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WANT TO GO?

What: Sierra Hull in concert

When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Miami University Hamilton, Parrish Auditorium

Cost: Regular tickets for this performance are $25; seniors, Miami faculty and staff are $23; tickets for Miami students and children under 12 are $16. Purchase tickets online at www.miamioh.edu/boxoffice (Fees apply.)

More info: Visit www.miamioh.edu/regionals/artistseries or call (513) 727-3412. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the cashier's offices on the Hamilton and Middletown campuses.

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