Ireland & UK Tour Dates April, May & June 2013
This tour sees the acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist taking part in several exciting collaborations. In Scotland, she’ll be performing a series of four concerts “in the round” with fellow songwriters Bill Adair & Richard Grainger in Farncombe, Surrey, she’ll be backed on a number of songs by the Godalming Community Gospel Choir and later in June, as part of the Golowan Festival, she’ll be supported by three secondary school students from the Music MixX programme at Mounts Bay Academy, where Sarah gave a songwriting workshop earlier this year.
“Being a solo artist, I don’t often get the chance to perform with other musicians and singers,” says Sarah, “so I’m really happy to be doing so much collaborative work on this tour. “I know the gigs in Scotland with Bill and Richard will be great — I’ve done a couple of ‘in the round’ gigs previously over in the States, at the Bluebird in Nashville and at Anderson Fair in Houston, and it’s really nice to be able to exchange ideas and harmonies in a really off-the-cuff, informal way onstage. “And when Julian Lewry at Farncombe Music Club asked me if I’d like to try working with a gospel choir, I got really excited — I sang with a children’s choir for many years and still sing with my local church choir, and it’ll be a real honour to have the choir in Godalming joining me on songs I’ve written!”
Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. Her musical output reflects her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and now lives in rural England. Refusing to be pigeonholed, she spans the genres with both her beautifully crafted originals and her interpretations of material from around the globe and down the centuries. Sarah’s third solo album The Plum Tree and the Rose has drawn critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic: “Impeccable,” wrote fRoots (UK), while Midwest Record (USA) called it “low key but glorious and incendiary” and Hot Press (Ireland) said it “should feature on many end-of-year best-ofs.”
Thurs 18. New Music Club @ Moran’s — Moran’s Bar, 7 Parnell Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Tel 087 291 3484 Tickets TBA — From 8.30 p.m
Fri 19. An Creagán, Creggan, Omagh, Co. Tyrone N. Ireland BT79 9AF
Tel 028 80 761112 Tickets £10.00 — From 8.30 p.m.
Sat 20. The Playhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, 5-7 Artillery Street, Derry, N. Ireland BT48 6RG
Tel: 028 71 268027 Tickets £10.00 — From 7.30 p.m.
Sun 21. Monroe’s Backstage Bar, Dominick Street, Galway, Ireland
Tel 087 978 3245 Tickets €10.00 — From 9.00 p.m.
Mon 22. Ballymore Acoustic Gigs @ Mick Murphy’s, Stage Inn Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Tel: 086 327 0780 Tickets €12.00 — From 8.30 p.m.
Fri 26. Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Tel: (01) 802 0898 Tickets €13.00 — From 7.30 p.m.
Sat 27. Walton’s New School of Music, 69 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel 01 478 1884 Workshop Tickets €20.00 — From 1.00 p.m.
Sat 27. Conary Community Arts, Conary Community Hall, Conary, Avoca, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Tel: 087 233 4714 Tickets €15.00 — From 8.00 p.m.
Wed 1. Edinburgh Folk Club, Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
Tel 0131 650 2458 Tickets £10.00 — From 7.30 p.m.
Thurs 2. Falkirk Folk Club, The Tolbooth Tavern, Tolbooth Street , Falkirk FK1 1NL
Tel 07535 097296 Tickets £7.00 – From 8.00 p.m. ”An Evening with Bill Adair, Sarah McQuaid & Richard Grainger
Fri 3. The Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling, Scotland FK8 1DE
Tel: 01786 274000 Tickets £10.00 — From 7.30 p.m.
Sat 4. Birnam Arts Centre, Station Road, Birnam, Perthshire, Scotland PH8 0DS
Tel: 01350 727674 Tickets £12.00 — From 7.30 p.m.
Sun 5. Helmsley Arts Centre, The Old Meeting House, Helmsley, York, North Yorkshire YO62 5DW
Tel 01439 771700 Tickets £10.00 From 7.00 p.m.
Tues 7. Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, The Royal British Legion, 7-9 Northview Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 9NG
Tel 01702 347581 Tickets £6.00 From 8.00 p.m.
Wed 8. Wednesday Folk at the Man of Kent Alehouse, 6-8 John Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1YL
Tel 07772 214315 Tickets TBA — From 9.00 p.m.
Thurs 9. Milford Folk Club, Milford on Sea Village Community Centre, Sea Road, Milford on Sea, Hampshire SO41 0PH
Tel: 01590 643404 Tickets £4.50 – From 7.30 p.m.
Fri 10. Hunton Village Hall, West Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 0RR
Tel: 01622 820683 Tickets £10.00 — From 7.30 p.m.
Wed 15. Lamb Folk Club, The Lamb Inn, High Street, Old Town, Eastbourne BN21 1HH
Tel: 01323 728268 Tickets £6.00 — From 7.30 p.m.
Thurs 16. Uxbridge Folk Club, Uxbridge RNA, 388a Long Lane, Hillingdon, Middlesex UB10 9PG
Tel 01895 464154 Tickets £8.00 — From 7.00 p.m.
Fri 17. Watford Folk Club, The Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre, Local Board Road, Lower Watford High Street, Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 2JP
Tel: 07913 430205 Tickets £10.00 — From 7.30 p.m.
Sarah McQuaid & Godalming Community Gospel Choir
Sat18. Farncombe Music Club, St. John’s Church, St. John’s Street, Farncombe, Surrey GU7 3EH
Tel: 01483 421520 Tickets £12.00 — From 7.00 p.m.
Sun 19. The Colonnade Bar, 10 New Road, Brighton, Sussex BN1 1UF
Tel 01273 328728 — From 8.00 p.m.
Thurs 23. Ash Keys Music, St Nicholas of Tolentino, Lawford’s Gate, Easton, Bristol BS5 0RE
Tel 07855 826228 Tickets £10.00 — From 7:30pm
Sat 25. South Pool Village Hall, Herring Street, South Pool, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2RP
Tel: 01548 531304 Tickets £10.00 — From 7.30 p.m.
Thurs 6. The Blue Anchor Inn — 50 Coinagehall Street, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8EL
Tel: 01736 786463 Admission Free — Open Session — From 8.00 p.m.
Fri 28. The Acorn Penzance, Parade Street, Penzance TR18 4BU
Tel 01736 363545 Tickets £12.00 — From 7.30 p.m.
Part of the Golowan Festival