UK-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Sarah McQuaid sets out on a three-month, 65-show tour of the USA and UK before she takes a year-long break from the road to record a new album – see details of dates below.

 

Featured earlier this year in the Legends Of Rock exhibition by photographer Phil Nicholls (http://www.philnicholls.co.uk) alongside his iconic images of Amy Winehouse, Björk, The Prodigy and Courtney Love, to name a few, McQuaid has spent the past seven years touring virtually nonstop on both sides of the Atlantic, earning critical accolades along the way.

 

Of one of her concerts last autumn, The Huffington Post wrote: “Finding treasure feels great, and such is the case with musician Sarah McQuaid. … I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever. One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift.”

 

Her autumn 2016 outing will be her final tour before she takes a twelve-month break from the road in 2017 to focus her energies on writing and recording a fifth solo album, as well as penning a sequel to The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, the popular tutor she authored on the alternative guitar tuning she uses exclusively.

 

“I’d like to do a follow-up book that focuses on song accompaniment and that demonstrates the versatility of DADGAD,” Sarah explains. “A lot of people think of it as a specifically ‘Celtic’ tuning, but I write all my songs in DADGAD, and it’s great for all sorts of different genres, from blues to classical music to rock ’n’ roll.

 

“I’m also very excited about the next album – I don’t want say too much just yet, cos I’m afraid I’ll jinx it if I do, but if all goes according to plan I’ll have a pretty major piece of news about that very soon!

 

“And after spending a huge chunk of the past seven years on the road I do feel I’ve earned a bit of a break. I’ll still do local gigs, and I’ll also do festivals that only take me away from home for a couple of days at a time – there are a number of festivals that I haven’t been able to get to because I’m always away on tour in other countries when they’re happening, so it’ll be great to be actually available for those.

 

“For example, I’ve just been booked for the Costa del Folk Festival on the island of Ibiza in April 2017, and if that offer had come up last year or the year before, I’d have had to say no – so I’m very happy that it came at a point when I could say yes.

 

“But mostly I really want to be able to focus on the new album. Like I already said, watch this space!”

 

Released in 2015, Sarah’s fourth solo album Walking Into White was selected as Album of the Month by UK publication FolkWords, which went on to nominate it for both Best Album from a Female Artist and Album of the Year. Germany’s Folker hailed it as “Ein mutiges Album mit einem potenziellen Pophit” (“A courageous album that includes a potential pop hit”), while The Musician called it “A work that grows with each listen.”

 

“The songs are acutely observed and literate, almost like journal notes set to music. They’re measured and tranquil but they’re never dull because there is always a sense of restlessness and unease behind the poetry…. And it’s all lovely,” wrote Ian Pickles in R2/Rock ’n’ Reel.

 

Before she can get down to work on its successor, she’s got a busy schedule ahead of her, with a weekend of festivals at the start of September leading straight into a seven week coast-to-coast US tour, which in turn will be followed by a four-week UK tour in November.

 

“And after that,” says Sarah, “I’m looking forward to having a good long break from living out of a suitcase!”

 

TOUR DATES:

 

UK

Aug 19 Penzance: Penlee Park Open Air Theatre

Sep 2 Wallingford BunkFest

Sep 3 Faversham Hop Festival

Sep 4 Bath: The American Museum in Britain

 

USA

Sep 7 McKinney, TX: The Guitar Sanctuary (workshop only)

Sep 8 Fort Worth, TX: Concerts in the Woods

Sep 9 Dallas, TX: Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse

Sep 10 Winnsboro, TX: The Bowery Stage at Winnsboro Center for the Arts

Sep 11 Austin, TX: Ham Jam House Concerts

Sep 12 Alpine, TX: Alpine Public Library

Sep 13 Anthony, NM: Toad Hall House Concerts

Sep 14 Miami, AZ: Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum

Sep 16 Las Vegas, NV: Garage Ma Hall Musical Gatherings

Sep 17 Pasadena, CA: Pasadena Folk Music Society

Sep 18 San Pedro, CA: Alvas Showroom

Sep 20 Rock Springs, WY: White Mountain Library

Sep 21 Glenwood Springs, CO: Glenwood Springs Branch Library

Sep 22 Ridgway, CO: House Concert

Sep 23 Westcliffe, CO: Hardscrabble Concerts

Sep 24 Denver, CO: Tuft Theater @ Swallow Hill Music

Sep 25 Rapid City, SD: Rockerville Community Hall

Sep 29 Hayward, WI: The Park Center

Sep 30 Duluth, MN: Jubilee House Concerts

Oct 1 Madison, WI: House Concert

Oct 2 Peoria, IL: Music in the McKenzie

Oct 3 Winfield, IL: Winfield Public Library

Oct 4 Danville, IN: Keys, Strings & Other Things

Oct 5 Chelsea, MI: On The Tracks Songwriter Showcase

Oct 7 Winston-Salem, NC: Fiddle & Bow Society

Oct 8 Black Mountain, NC: White Horse Black Mountain

Oct 9 Chattahoochee Hills, GA: Chatt Hills Music

Oct 12 Takoma Park, MD: House Of Musical Traditions (workshop only)

Oct 13 Washington, DC: Institute of Musical Traditions

Oct 14 Merion Station, PA: House Concert

Oct 15 Montclair, NJ: Notes From Home House Concert Series

Oct 16 Warwick, RI: Warwick Public Library

Oct 17 Johnston, RI: Marian J Mohr Memorial Library

Oct 18 Millis, MA: Millis Public Library

Oct 19 Litchfield, CT: Oliver Wolcott Library

Oct 20 Wardsboro, VT: Wardsboro Town Hall

Oct 21 Dover, NH: Shows at Red & Shorty’s

Oct 22 Orleans, MA: Brick Hill House Concerts

Oct 23 Woods Hole, MA: Woods Hole Folk Music Society

 

UK

Nov 3 St Austell: Restormel Arts @ The Bosuns Charlestown

Nov 4 Burton-Upon-Trent: The Brewtown Folk Club

Nov 5 Bracknell: Artree Live, South Hill Park Arts Centre

Nov 6 West Totton (Southampton): Hanger Farm Arts Centre

Nov 7 Croydon Folk Club

Nov 8 Cambridge: Strummers Music

Nov 11 Cardigan: The Cellar Bar

Nov 12 Buxton: The Green Man Gallery

Nov 13 Halifax: Square Chapel Centre For The Arts

Nov 14 Stirling Folk Club

Nov 15 Edinburgh: Leith Folk Club

Nov 16 Corran: The Ceilidh House & Heritage Centre

Nov 17 Morpeth: Gallery 45

Nov 18 Leeds: HEART – Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre

Nov 19 Liverpool Acoustic @ View Two Gallery

Nov 22 St Neots Folk Club

Nov 23 Keighley: Exchange Arts Centre

Nov 24 Scarborough: Woodend Gallery

Nov 25 Tewkesbury: The Roses

Nov 26 Combe Martin: Shammick Acoustic

Nov 27 Tavistock: The Wharf

Nov 29 Topsham: The Bridge Inn

Dec 1 Redruth: Regal Theatre

 

See http://www.sarahmcquaid.com/tour for full details of all concerts.

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