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Singer shares songwriting knowledge

Shari Ulrich known for playing with Pied Pumkin
Shari Ulrich shares her extensive knowledge of songwriting with visitors to the The Haven on Gabriola Island.

Shari Ulrich is known for her musical talent from groups such as Pied Pumkin, UHF and the High Bar Gang.

What some people might not know is that Ulrich has also taught songwriting for more than 20 years.

“Helping writers to improve their craft is tremendously rewarding,” Ulrich said.

“I am ever in awe of the power of music and song, and exploring it with others always teaches me so much, not just about the mechanics and the art form but about the ever fascinating inner world of humans.”

Ulrich brings her skills and experience to The Haven on Gabriola Island on Aug. 13 for a one-day songwriting workshop and concert.

Joining her onstage for the concert are her daughter, Julia Graff, and her long-time partner, Bill Runge.

Ulrich is a two-time Juno Award winner and member of the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame.

Her name became widely known in the 1970s as a member of the quirky Pied Pumkin, in which she played fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, flute and sax.

Her latest album, Find Our Way, is her seventh solo album and 19th of her career.

Throughout her time as an educator, Ulrich taught at various camps and workshops, as well as in the University of British Columbia’s creative writing department teaching lyric and libretto.

The Haven offers experiential programs for personal and professional growth and development, emphasizing self-responsibility, effective communication, healthy relationships, creative expression and integration of body-mind-spirit.

Ulrich performed at The Haven in the past, but this workshop is the first she’s hosted at the venue.

For more information or to register for the workshop, please call 1-877-247-9238, or visit