Thursday, 12 April 2012

Sarah McQuaid New Album and May-June 2012 UK Tour‏...

Sarah McQuaid New Album and May-June 2012 UK Tour

In conjunction with the recent release of her new album The Plum Tree and The Rose (currently charting at No. 3 on the Folk Radio Chart, No. 4 on the UK Roots Radio Airplay Chart and No. 5 on the Euro Americana chart), Sarah McQuaid sets out on tour across the UK -- see details of dates below.

The Plum Tree and The Rose is the third album by this 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.

Produced by Gerry O’Beirne (Midnight Well, Patrick Street, Sharon Shannon Band), engineered by Trevor Hutchinson (Waterboys, Lúnasa) and released on the Chicago-based Waterbug Records label, The Plum Tree and The Rose represents a departure from Sarah’s previous albums, which focused on her arrangements of traditional material, in that nine of its thirteen tracks are originals.

Although a thread of personal experience is woven into the material, Sarah truly shines as a teller of parables. Whether she’s recounting the life of 16th century businesswoman Bess of Hardwick or standing in a cathedral and pondering the immortality of the soul, the specific detail subtly manifests a universal truth. These are songs that linger in the listener’s imagination.

Wed 2 May. Philleigh Folk Club, The Roseland Inn, Philleigh-in-Roseland, Truro, Cornwall TR2 5NB
Tel 01326 270379 -- Tickets £7.00 -- From 7.00 p.m.

Fri 4 May. South Lakes Music Partnership, Ulverston Sports Club, Priory Road, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 9HT
Tel: 07743 555227 -- Tickets £6.00 -- From 7.45 p.m.

Sun 6 May. East Anglia Guitar Festival, High Barn, Great Bardfield, Essex CM7 4SL
Tel 01371 811291 -- Tickets £12.00 -- From 7pm
Sarah will also be giving a DADGAD guitar workshop at 4pm on the same day.

Wed 9 May. Llantrisant Folk Club Windsor Hotel, Llantrisant Road, Pontyclun, Wales, CF72 9DQ
Tel 01443 226892 -- Tickets £6.00 -- From 8:30 p.m.

Fri 11 May. The Poly, 24 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3EG
Tel 01326 319461 -- Tickets £10.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.
Sarah will also be giving a DADGAD guitar workshop at 2pm the following day.

Sun 13 May. Halfpenny Folk Club -- The Greyhound Inn, Oldwalls, Llanrhidian, Gower SA3 1HA
Tel 01792 850803 -- From 8:00 p.m.

Tues 15 May. Marlow FM 97.5 Longridge, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, Bucks SL7 1RE
Tel 01628 488975 -- 12:30pm

Wed 16 May Folkmob, Blackheath Rugby Club, Kidbrooke Lane, Eltham, London SE9 6TE
Tel 07809 095237 -- Tickets £6.00 -- From 8.00 p.m.

Fri 18 May. Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR
Tel 01252 745444 -- Tickets £8.00 advance (£10 door) -- From 7:30 p.m.
Sarah will also be giving a DADGAD guitar workshop at 5:30pm on the same day.

Sat 19 May. Sale Folk Club, United Services Club, Southern Road (off Mersey Road), Sale, Cheshire M33 6HQ
Tel 0161 432 4317 -- Tickets £8.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Sun 20 May. Folk at the Manor -- The Old Manor Social Club, Withens Lane, Wallasey, Wirral CH45 7NF
Tel 0151 678 1962 -- Tickets £5.00 -- From 8.00 p.m.

Wed 23 May. Trades Club Hebden Bridge, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge, West Yorks HX7 8EE
Tel 01422 8452656 -- Tickets £9.00 -- From 8.00 p.m.

Thurs 24 May. House Concert, Pencaitland, East Lothian
Tel: 01875 341836 -- Tickets £15.00 -- From 7.30 p.m.

Fri 25 May. Partick Folk Festival, Glasgow, Scotland
Details to be advised

Sat 26 May. International Ladies Night @ Kirkby Fleetham Folk Club
Kirkby Fleetham Village Hall, Kirkby Fleetham, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 0SH
Tel 01609 748259 -- Tickets £10.00 -- From 7.00 p.m.
For this show only, Sarah McQuaid will be be performing in the round with Flossie Malavialle and Wendy Arrowsmith.

Mon 28 May. BBC Radio Lancashire, 20-26 Darwen Street, Blackburn, Lancashire BB2 2EA
Tel 01254 841020 -- 11am
Sarah will be performing live on Sally Naden's lunchtime entertainment programme, which airs every weekday between 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.

Tues 29 May. Amberley Acoustic Music Club, The George & Dragon, Houghton, West Sussex BN18 9LW
Tel 01403 711405 -- Tickets £8.00 -- From 8.00 p.m.

Wed 30 May. Carrington Triangle Folk Club, The Gladstone Inn, 45 Loscoe Road, Carrington, Nottingham NG5 2AW
Tel 0115 955 2935 -- Tickets £7.00 (Members £5) -- From 8.00 p.m.

Thurs 31 May. Ash Keys Music, The Louisiana Cellar Room, Wapping Road, Bathurst Terrace, Bristol BS1 6UA
Tel 07855 826228 -- Tickets £8.00/£10.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Fri 1 June. St Mary's Church, Brixton, Plymouth, Devon PL8 2BS
Tel: 01752 311013 -- Tickets £6 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Sat 2 June. Wessex Folk Festival, Hope United Reformed Church, Trinity Street, Weymouth DT4 8TW
Tel 01305 821611 -- Tickets £8.00 Advance (£10.00 door) -- From 7:00 p.m.
In addition to her Saturday evening concert, Sarah will also be giving a DADGAD guitar workshop as part of the festival -- workshop date and time TBA.

Sun 3 June. St Buryan Church Benefit Concert, St Buryan, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6BX
Details to be advised

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