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Sarah McQuaid Tour Dates UK & Ireland April May June 2018

Apr 19, 2018

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. 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.

Her latest album is called, ‘If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous’  and is being released to coincide with her tour of the Uk and Ireland this May and June.

Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences.

“I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever,” wrote The Huffington Post. 

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.   A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.

Sarah refuses to be pigeonholed, segueing easily from one of her emotive originals into a 1930s Cuban jazz number, a 16th century lute piece or an unexpected contemporary cover.

“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.” – R2/Rock ‘n’ Reel

She is out on tour if you want to catch her live, dates as follows:

April 2018

Fri 20. Solomon Browne Memorial Hall Duck Street, Mousehole, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6QW

Tel: 01736 731040 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:00 p.m.

Sat 21. The Beehive Honiton Dowell Street, Honiton, Devon EX14 1LZ

Tel: 01404 384050 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.


Sun 22. The Green Man Gallery Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6PY Tel: 01298 937375 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:00 p.m.

Tue 24. Nuneaton Library Church Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 4DR Tel: 0300 555 8171 Tickets £8.00 — Doors 7:00 p.m.

Wed 25. Farncombe Music Club at St John’s Church — St. John’s Street, Farncombe, Surrey GU7 3EJ Tel: 01483 421520 Tickets £15.00 — Doors 7:00 p.m.

Thur 26. Bridgwater Arts Centre 11-13 Castle Street, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3DD Tel: 01278 422700 Tickets £14.00 — Doors 7:00 p.m.

Fri 27. Artrix Arts Centre  Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, West Midlands B60 1GN Tel: 01527 577330 Tickets £14.00 —  Doors 7:30 p.m.

Sat 28. The Miners’ Theatre Wind Street, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire SA18 3DN Tel: 0845 226 3510 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:00 p.m.

Mon 30. Ballymore Acoustic Gigs @ Mick Murphy’s, Stage Inn Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Ireland W91VE2H Tel: 086 327 0780 Tickets €12.00 — Doors 8:30 p.m.

May 2018

Tues 1. The Grand Social 35 Liffey Street Lower, Dublin 1, Ireland Tel: 01 874 0076 Tickets €12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Wed 2. Groucho’s Café/Bar & Music Lounge 1 The Square, Richhill, Co. Armagh, N. Ireland BT61 9PP Tel: 028 38 387874 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Thur 3. Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Sunflower Folk Club, Sunflower Public House, 65 Union Street, Belfast, N. Ireland BT1 2JG, Tel: 028 90 246609 Tickets £8.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Fri 4. Ards Art’s Centre Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards,  N. Ireland BT23 4NP Tel: 028 91 810803 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Sat 5. Crusoe’s Coffee Shop First Floor, 29 Sea Road, Castlerock BT51 4TN, Northern Ireland Tel: 028 70 849618 Tickets £35 includes three-course dinner (BYOB) Dinner 7:00 p.m. Concert 9:00 p.m.

Sun 6. Áras Inis Gluaire  Erris Arts Centre — Belmullet, Co. Mayo, Ireland Tel: 097 81079 Tickets €12.00 — Doors 8:00 p.m.

Tue 8. Assembly Roxy 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland  EH8 9SU Tel: 0131 623 3001 Tickets £15.00 — Doors 7:00 p.m.

Wed 9. Resipole Studios  Acharacle, Argyll & Bute, Scotland PH36 4HX Tel: 01967 431506 Tickets £15.00 — Doors 7:00 p.m.

Fri 11. Atlantic Islands Centre Cullipool, Isle of Luing, Oban PA34 4TX Tel: 01852 314096 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:15 p.m.

Sat 12. Transclyde Music Isle of Bute Sailing Club, West Bay, Rothesay, Isle Of Bute PA20 0AZ Tel: 01700 502067 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:15 p.m.

 Sun 13. Uig Hall Benmore, Dunoon, Argyll & Bute, Scotland PA23 8QT Tel: 01369 706591 Tickets £9.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

 Thur 17. Nottingham Playhouse Studio Theatre, Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF Tel: 0115 941 9419 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Sat 19. Tŷ Siamas Neuadd Idris, Eldon Square, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 1PU Tel: 01341 421800 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:00 p.m.

Sun 20. High Forest Community Centre Sinderhope, near Allendale, Northumberland NE47 9AD Tel: 07974 649719 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

 Wed 23. The Milton Rooms Market Place, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 7LX Tel: 01653 696240 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

 Thur 24. Settle Victoria Hall Kirkgate, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9DZ Tel: 01729 825718 Tickets £10.00  — Doors 7:15 p.m.

Fri 25. The Old Town Hall High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1 3AE Tel: 01442 228091 Tickets £13.50 — Doors 7:00 p.m.

Sat 26. Silver Street Sessions at Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, Somerset TA4 2RE Tel: 01984 623308 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

June 2018

Sat 2. Praa Sands Community Centre Pengersick Lane, Praa Sands, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 9RB Tel: 01392 581070 Tickets £12.00 —  Doors 7:00 p.m

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