Sarah McQuaid - A New Album and North West Tour Dates
|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.|
The Plum Tree and The Rose is the third album by McQuaid 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, 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.
The Plum Tree and The Rose will be reviewed on North West Folk at a later date.
North West Tour Dates
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.
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.
Photo by Mark Francis.
Join us on