Sarah McQuaid 2018 UK Tour

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Date(s) - 23/05/2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tickets £10 online or via the Box Office / 01653 696240

Doors open 7.30pm for 8.00pm performance.

An absolute gem of a booking for all folk and guitarist fans and lovers of finely crafted acoustic music at the Milton Rooms!

For both existing fans and those yet to discover her, this is a perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with this Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter.

In 2017, Sarah was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland in recognition of her innovative use of the DADGAD tuning and her authorship of ‘The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book’. The award puts her on the same platform as previous award recipients who include Davey Graham, John Renbourn, John Martyn, Martin Simpson, Pierre Bensusan and Martin Carthy.

Sarah’s latest and fifth album, ‘If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous’ (Shovel And A Spade, 2018), was produced by cult guitar great Michael Chapman. A staunch champion of Sarah’s since the two met at the 2014 Village Pump Festival, Chapman has given her his Ibanez electric guitar on long-term loan; it features on several tracks on the album, which also sees Sarah playing piano, high-strung Stratocaster and her own 1965 Martin D-28 and custom-made Andy Manson acoustic guitars. The emphasis this time round is very much on Sarah’s superb writing (including instrumental originals as well as songs) and delivery, plus arrangements for guitar and voice of the medieval chant “Dies Irae” and Jeff Wayne’s classic “Forever Autumn”. She’ll be promoting it with 2018 tours in the UK, Ireland, USA and continental Europe, and hopes to extend her range into Canada, Australia and New Zealand the following year.


Press quotes:

“Sarah was just fantastic – she had a sold out audience captivated from start to finish at Ards Arts Centre, Co. Down.  A beautiful voice and technically accomplished player.” — Emily Crawford, Ards Arts Centre, Northern Ireland

“Brilliant musicianship, a warm and welcoming stage presence and a voice as rich, matured and knowing as the finest thrice-distilled Irish malt whiskey.” — Geoff Wallis, fRoots, UK

“Finding treasure feels great, and such is the case with musician Sarah McQuaid. … I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever. One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift.” — Gregory Weinkauf, The Huffington Post, USA

 “A work that grows with each listen.” — Keith Ames, The Musician, UK

“The songs are acutely observed and literate, almost like journal notes set to music. They’re measured and tranquil but they’re never dull because there is always a sense of restlessness and unease behind the poetry…. And it’s all lovely.” — Ian Pickles, R2/Rock ’n’ Reel, UK