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Sarah McQuaid lived in Ireland from 1994 until 2007 and now lives in Cornwall. In October she released a striking album that reveals her true American roots. I Won’t Go Home ‘Til Morning, is the long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed debut album When Two Lovers Meet, and marks a distinct change of focus. Whereas her first album was a feast of Irish music, this is an enchanting celebration of old-time Appalachian folk, with Sarah’s arrangements punctuated by her own fine compositions and a cover of Bobbie Gentry’s classic Ode to Billie Joe. She returned to Trevor Hutchinson’s Marguerite Studios in Dublin, where her debut album had been recorded some ten years previously, to make the new album with Gerry O’Beirne once again in the producer’s seat.

The focus this time round is on old-timey American folk songs and tunes, plus two original songs. Guest musicians include Hutchinson, O’Beirne, percussionist, Liam Bradley and violinist/ violist, Máire Breatnach.
Sarah is touring Ireland in support of the new CD on the following dates: October 19th, Newtownards: Ards International Guitar Festival, November 28th, Lisburn: Island Arts Centre Studio Theatre, November 29th, Derry: The Waterside Theatre, December 1st, Castlerock: Crusoe’s Coffee, December 2nd, Richhill, Legacorry: Groucho’s Music Lounge, December 3rd, Galway: The Crane Bar, December 4th, Castlereagh: Castlereagh Civic Centre, December 5th, Belfast: No Alibis Bookstore, December 6th, Naul: The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre, December 7th, Waterford City: Christ Church Cathedral.
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