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 made a name for herself in the folk scene with her duo The Sweater Set (with Maureen Andary), who performed across the US, UK, and Ireland, and were former Artist-In-Residence at Strathmore. Sara is also a current Artist Fellow with the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (2014 - 2019). Brightest Young Things names her “One of D.C.’s finest.”
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. (Learn more)
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. Her brother Jeff Curtin is now an accomplished sound engineer (Pitchfork) and drummer (Small Black).
THE SWEATER SET, her Washington D.C. Area Music Award-winning duo with Maureen Andary has released 4 full-length albums including OH VISITOR which won the 2013 Washington D.C. Area Music Award for Best Folk-Contemporary Recording, much of which Sara recorded in her home studio. They have performed at The Kennedy Center, the 9:30 Club, been 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 welcomed twins Vera & Leo into their family. It has been a wild few months, but she is thrilled to be performing again after regaining her strength. Motherhood has already begun to impact her identity as an artist. She eagerly awaits her first moments of "free time" to be able to explore how this new role will weave itself into her songwriting.