UK Dates - April + May + June + Sept 2013 - Promoting 'The Plum Tree & The Rose' CD
Renowned for her warm, engaging stage presence, Sarah McQuaid is a versatile and beguiling performer. Her unique voice delivers a powerful emotional punch that's matched by her distinctive, eloquent guitar style. 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.
Her 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. Sarah 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.
The Plum Tree and The Rose has drawn critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic: The UK’s fRoots called it “impeccable,” Ireland’s Hot Press said it “should feature on many end-of-year best-ofs,” and Germany’s Folker wrote “Diese Frau hat Stil” (“This lady’s got style”). In the US, Seattle’s Victory Review hailed it as “truly profound and deeply emotive .... This is one for the keeping,” while Midwest Record described it as “low key but glorious and incendiary.”
The album was No. 3 on the Folk-DJ Chart for March 2012, and by April was No. 5 on the Euro Americana Chart; in June, it was No. 6 on the Roots Music Report Folk Top 50.
Produced by Gerry O’Beirne (Midnight Well, Patrick Street, Sharon Shannon Band) and engineered by Trevor Hutchinson (Waterboys, Lúnasa), The Plum Tree and The Rose represents a departure from Sarah’s previous albums 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 Derby 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.
Thurs 4. The Blue Anchor Inn, 50 Coinagehall Street, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8EL
Tel: 01736 786463 Admission Free - Open Session -- From 8.00 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.
April 21st to 27th Touring Ireland
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tues 3. Amberley Acoustic Music Club, The George & Dragon, Houghton, West Sussex BN18 9LW
Tel: 01403 711405 Tickets £8.00 -- From 8.00 p.m.
Thurs 5. Anchor Folk Club, Blue Anchor Public House, High Road, Byfleet, Surrey KT14 7RL
Tel 07971 198412 Tickets £5.00 -- From 8.30 p.m.
Fri 6. Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR
Tel 01252 745444 Tickets £10.00 From 7:30pm
Sat 7. Saltcellar Folk Club, Totterdown Baptist Church, Wells Road, Bristol BS4 2AX
Tel: 0117 941 8326 Tickets £6.00 -- From 7.00 p.m.
Thurs 12. Benderloch Victory Hall, Benderloch, Oban, Argyll PA37 1RZ
Tel 01631 720247 Tickets £12.00 -- From 7.30 p.m.
Sat 14. Ceol Cholasa, Scalasaig, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll & Bute, Scotland, PA61 7YW
Tel 01951 200336 Tickets £70 (5-day Festival Pass)
Tues 17. Leith Folk Club, Victoria Park House Hotel, 221 Ferry Road, Edinburgh EH6 4NN
Tel: 07502 024852 Tickets £9.00 -- From 7.30 p.m.
Thurs 19. Black Swan Folk Club, Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PR
Tel: 01904 679131 Tickets £8.00 -- From 8.00 p.m.
Fri 20. The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1DB
Tel: 01704 533333 Tickets £10.00 From 7.00 p.m.
Sat 21. The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter, Devon EX3 0QQ
Tel: 01392 873862 Tickets £12.00 -- From 8.00 p.m.
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