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West Cork audiences have a chance to catch the unique talents of singer, songwriter and guitarist Sarah McQuaid as she makes her Bantry debut on Saturday 3rd May in Bantry House at 8pm. Tickets for this concert are 18 euro, 10 euro for students, and available from West Cork Music on 027 52788 or Lo Call 1850 788 789

Having discovered Irish music during a stint living in France, Sarah moved to Ireland in 1994, 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.”

Her debut solo album, When Two Lovers Meet, was released in 1997 featuring traditional tunes and songs. Hot Press described Sarah as having “a warm, velvet-tinged voice and a distinctive acoustic guitar style which mark her out as a significant talent” and the Rough Guide To Irish Music wrote: “Sarah’s voice is both as warm as a turf fire and as rich as matured cognac…. An astonishing debut by a unique talent.”

After a long break from the music scene, during which Sarah worked full time as a magazine editor, When Two Lovers Meet was re-released in Ireland on 23 February 2007. The ensuing nationwide tour was highly successful and in July 2007, the album had its first UK release. Once again, it was very favourably received. The December 2007 edition of fRoots described it as “a masterclass in restraint and subtlety. Authoritative singing and quietly insistent arrangements make for a sumptuous whole - recommended.”

In May 2007, Sarah recorded a new album, provisionally titled I won’t Go Home ‘Til Morning and due for release this year. The focus this time round is on old-timey American folk songs and tunes, plus two original songs. Sarah continues to write regular reviews of folk, traditional and acoustic CDs for both the Evening Herald and Hot Press, and she’s also working on her first novel.

Contact Information:

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West Cork Music
13 Glengarriff Road, Bantry, Co, Cork
Tel : +353 (0) 27 52788
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