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“Sparkling guitar and compelling alto voice ... reminiscent of Pentangle’s best efforts ... a gentle
and magical recording that I will return to time and again.” — Sing Out!

“Likely to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.” — Aled Jones, BBC Radio 2

“An unreserved thumbs-up. Captivating performance, great songs, playing and singing. Sarah was
also totally professional, charming and low maintenance. What more could you ask for?”
— Gerry Evans, TwickFolk, London

“She sings with so much beauty – and with utmost respect for the folklore behind each song and
ballad.” — Gene Shay, WXPN, Philadelphia

“A must for everyone who loves a CD you can put on again and again, and never tire of it.”
— Roz Larman, FolkScene, Los Angeles

“Pure magic!! We are running our folkclub for 16 years now but I never experienced such a thrilling
interaction between artist and audience.” — Piet Snellen, De Fookhook, Netherlands

“Her singing has shades of Baez minus the operatic warble and Gillian Welch without so much
Nashville twang.” — Spiral Earth

“Some of the loveliest songs you’ll hear all year.” — Living Tradition

“A masterclass in restraint and subtlety. Authoritative singing and quietly insistent arrangements
make for a sumptuous whole.” — fRoots

“Her own songwriting is beautifully spare ... a melancholy but somehow celebratory collection.”
— The Irish Times

“Highly recommended.” — Americana UK

“Spine-tingling.” — Hot Press

“Quietly expressive and supremely affecting performances ... a truly lovely record.” — NetRhythms
PROFILE

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.

Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and holding dual Irish and American citizenship, Sarah spent 13 years in Ireland
and now lives near Penzance, Cornwall, in the southwest of England.

As might be expected of one who has led such a peripatetic existence, Sarah developed a taste for the road
early on: From the age of twelve she was embarking on tours of the US and Canada with the Chicago Children’s
Choir. At eighteen she went to France for a year to study philosophy at the University of Strasbourg, where her
performance at a local folk club drew a rave review in the Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace, saluting the “superbe
chanteuse d’outre-Atlantique qui fit passer comme une vibration émotionnelle dans une salle conquise” (superb
singer from across the Atlantic who caused an emotional vibration to pass through a conquered hall)!

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. Despite the critical acclaim, a long break from the music
scene followed, during which Sarah married Feargal Shiels and had two children, Eli and Lily Jane.

When Two Lovers Meet was re-released in Ireland and the UK in 2007, a year that also saw Sarah touring as a
solo artist for the first time. Tracks from the album were included in FolkCast’s “artists of the year” podcast and in
Crooked Road host Mike Ganley’s Top Ten picks for the year.

The move to the other side of the Irish Sea was triggered by the death in 2004 of her mother, in whose former
home she now lives and to whom her second album, 2008’s I Won’t Go Home ’Til Morning, was dedicated. Says
Sarah: “My first album was immersed in Irish traditional music, which I still love – but this time round, I felt the
need to revisit the Southern Appalachian songs and tunes that I learned during my childhood. All the songs on this
recording have powerful emotional resonances for me, and all are connected in one way or another to my mother.
Looking back, I guess it was kind of a cathartic process.”

Like its predecessor, I Won’t Go Home ’Til Morning was recorded in Trevor Hutchinson’s Dublin studio and
produced by Gerry O’Beirne. Both also guest on the album, alongside percussionist Liam Bradley, Máire
Breatnach on fiddle and viola and Rosie Shipley on fiddle.

Crow Coyote Buffalo, an album of songs co-written by Sarah with fellow Penzance resident Zoë (author and
performer of 1991 hit single ‘Sunshine On A Rainy Day’) under the band name Mama, has also been garnering
rave reviews since its January 2009 release; one critic described the pair as “Two pagan goddesses channelling
the ghost of Jim Morrison”. (For more on Mama, see www.mamamusic.co.uk).

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.
PAST PERFORMANCES INCLUDE:
IRELAND UK NETHERLANDS
Flat Lake Literary And Arts Festival, Clones Trowbridge Village Pump Festival Theater Odeon, Zwolle
Strandhill Guitar Festival Bromyard Folk Festival Trouble Tree Folkconcerts, Koudekerk
Dublin Unitarian Church Sidmouth Folk Week Folk Club Noordwijkerhout, Voorhout
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo Return To Camden Town Festival, London De Fookhook, Sevenum
Wexford Arts Centre Bordergrass Festival, Weobley Meneer Frits, Eindhoven
Village Arts Centre, Kilworth St Ives September Festival Folk in Meeden
Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney Wadebridge Folk Festival Folk in de Wâlden, Oentsjerk
Ballina Arts Centre Isles of Scilly Folk Festival Theater Karroessel, Geleen
Briery Gap Theatre, Macroom Alcester Folk Festival Theater Twee Hondjes, Hellevoetsluis
Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire Tisbury Folk Festival
St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel Golowan Festival BELGIUM
Triskel Arts Centre, Cork Sandford Music & Arts Festival Toogenblik, Brussels
Solstice Arts Centre, Navan Folkmob, London
An Táin Theatre, Dundalk The Goose Is Out!, London GERMANY
Bog Lane Theatre, Ballymahon TwickFolk, London Greenfarm Festival, Munich
Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Fingal Wee Folk Club, Edinburgh
Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford Leith Folk Club, Edinburgh SPAIN
Ionad Cois Locha, Dunlewy Live At The Star, Glasgow Palacio de Congresos y de la Música
McCarthy’s Bar, Dingle Strachur Memorial Hall, Argyll Euskalduna, Bilbao
Crane Bar, Galway Fiddle Tree, Dunkeld
De Barra’s, Clonakilty Woodend Barn, Banchory USA
Bantry House Warehouse Theatre, Lossiemouth Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
New Music Club, Clonmel Salisbury Arts Centre The Bluebird Café, Nashville, TN
Wellington Arts Centre Old Songs, Voorheesville, NY
NORTHERN IRELAND Red Lion Folk Club, Birmingham Iron Horse Concert Hall, El Dorado, KS
Ards International Guitar Festival, Islwyn Acoustic Guitar Club, Newport The Back Room, Great Bend, KS
Newtownards Wadebridge Acoustic Guitar Club Lang Building, Beatrice, NE
Island Arts Centre, Lisburn Live At The Institute, Kelvedon Kennedy-Douglass Center For The Arts,
Castlereagh Civic Centre Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple Florence, AL
Riverside Theatre, Coleraine Tilston Music Club, Malpas Lupus General Store, Lupus, MO
Rowallane Garden (NT), Ballinahinch Beaford Arts Rural Touring Scheme Elysium Arts, Rollinsford, NH
Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart Carn To Cove Rural Touring Scheme Music By The Bay, Assonet, MA

BOOKING CONTACT:
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MEDIA CONTACT – UK, IRELAND & EUROPE:


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