Sarah McQuaid, talented Irish "Queen of DADGAD"
Sarah McQuaid is a gifted and captivating performer whose warm, haunting alto is delicately cradled by her “sparkling guitar” (Sing Out!). She is both song crafter and song collector, equally at home with traditional Irish and Appalachian folk songs, Elizabethan ballads and 1930s jazz numbers.
Her musical output is a direct and unfolding reflection of her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and currently lives in rural England. While the genre, era and geographical location of her songs may change, at their core is a musician who has soaked it all in and --luckily for us, is able to eloquently express the stories she's gathered.
Her 3rd and latest album The Plum Tree and The Rose was released in March on the Chicago-based Waterbug label (www.waterbug.com) and has been getting some wonderful reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.
Now living in Cornwall with her husband and their two children, Sarah currently spends six months of each year on the road in the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe and the USA, with ambitions to extend her range to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. www.sarahmcquaid.com.
Rick Gottlieb opens