Sarah McQuaid , Edinburgh Folk Club, Wed
Subject: Sarah McQuaid , Edinburgh Folk Club, Wed|
From: Johnny J
Date: 03 Mar 11 - 07:02 AM
Wednesday 9th March 2011
"Renowned for her warm, engaging stage presence, Sarah McQuaid is a versatile and beguiling performer. In addition to her own elegantly crafted originals, she interprets traditional Irish and Appalachian folk songs, Elizabethan ballads, 1930s jazz numbers, surprise covers and lively guitar instrumentals with panache and poignance.
Her deliciously earthy voice delivers a powerful emotional punch that's matched by her distinctive, eloquent guitar style. Add this to a real rapport with her audience, and you have all the ingredients of a great night out.
In 1994, Sarah moved to Ireland, where she became a weekly folk music columnist for the Evening Herald and a contributor to Hot Press magazine. She is also the author of The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, described by The Irish Times as "a godsend to aspiring traditional guitarists," and has presented workshops on the DADGAD tuning at festivals and venues around the globe.
Her debut solo album, When Two Lovers Meet, featured traditional tunes and songs along with one original number. "Sarah's voice is both as warm as a turf fire and as rich as matured cognac.... An astonishing debut by a unique talent," wrote the Rough Guide To Irish Music.
In February 2010, Sarah re-released the first two albums in a double-disc package for the North American market, to coincide with her appearances at the Folk Alliance conference in Memphis and her first US tour, which immediately followed the conference. The double CD became the No. 1 album, and Sarah the No. 1 artist, on the folkradio.org chart for February 2010 (http://folkradio.org/airplay/feb10.html). Taking in 20 concerts in 23 days, including Boston's Club Passim, upstate New York's Old Songs and Nashville's Bluebird Café, the tour was a great success, generating several immediate return bookings for subsequent tours in 2010 and 2011.
Now busy with upcoming tours and concerts in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA, Sarah is currently assembling material for her third solo album, provisionally titled The Plum Tree And The Rose, once again with Gerry O'Beirne producing and Trevor Hutchinson engineering. Sarah is also slowly but surely working on a novel for which she's received two Irish Arts Council Bursaries in Literature. She hopes to finish it one of these days."
Pleasance Cabaret Bar at 20.00
£8, £7, £5
Subject: RE: Sarah McQuaid , Edinburgh Folk Club, Wed|
From: Johnny J
Date: 03 Mar 11 - 07:03 AM
Supports from Jim Byrne and Iain McGillivray.