"It isn’t easy to pigeonhole Sara Curtin’s sound." The Washington City Paper describes her 2017 album Or So It Seemed as “a full portrait of a human being: nuanced, complex, and contradictory.” She writes honest, autobiographical songs which invite the listener to explore the human experience. Born and raised in Washington, DC on The Beatles, Michael Jackson, musical theater, and Joni Mitchell, the influences present in her songwriting are eclectic. AudioFemme calls her music “smart yet delicious, like a kale smoothie as yummy as a milkshake.”
Sara Curtin is a CMJ.com premiered artist and her 2015 album "Michigan Lilium" charted on the CMJ Top 200 charts. That Music Magazine calls her "a gifted songwriter who understands that you don’t write because you want to say something, but because you have something to say and she sure as heck says it exquisitely."
Sara records much of her music in her home studio in Washington, DC - including all the guitars and vocals on her albums "Or So It Seemed and "Michigan Lilium". Current collaborators in the Sara Curtin Five include Olivia Mancini, Brendan Polmer, Ryan Walker, and Maureen Andary.
In 2017 Sara founded LOCAL WOMAN RECORDS.
Her first full-length solo album Fly Her And Keep Her came out in 2010, but Sara has been singing since before she can remember.
A family of professional musicians and rock & roll blasters, the Curtin house was always the loud one on the block, the one you could hear from down the street.
THE SWEATER SET, her Washington D.C. folk duo with Maureen Andary has just received the Wammie for 2021 Best Folk Artist/Group! They have released 5 full-length albums including their most recent "Fly On The Wall" which was named one of Pop Matters' Top 20 Folk Albums of 2020. They have performed at The Kennedy Center, the 9:30 Club, were Artists-In-Residence at Strathmore. The Sweater Set has opened for Dar Williams, Lucius, Pearl and the Beard, Arc Iris, Denyce Graves, and toured the UK, Ireland, and the United States with Michelle Shocked.
Sara also performs with Justin Jones, and Olivia Mancini & The Mates. More info on all of the bands' shows on the TOUR page.
On a more personal note, in January 2019 Sara and her husband Brenden became parents to twins Vera and Leo!