Sarah McQuaid is to promote her latest album, Walking into White, with a series of tour dates during November and December 2016.

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Following hard on the heels of a seven-week USA tour that saw her playing thirty nine shows from coast to coast, her autumn 2016 UK outing will be her final tour before she takes a break from the road in 2017 to focus her energies on writing and recording a fifth solo album, as well as penning a sequel to The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, the popular tutor she authored on the alternative guitar tuning method that she uses.

“I’d like to do a follow-up book that focuses on song accompaniment and that demonstrates the versatility of DADGAD,” Sarah explains. “A lot of people think of it as a specifically ‘Celtic’ tuning, but I write all my songs in DADGAD, and it’s great for all sorts of different genres, from blues to classical music to rock ‘n’ roll. I’m also very excited about the next album – I don’t want say too much just yet, cos I’m afraid I’ll jinx it if I do, but if all goes according to plan I’ll have a pretty major piece of news about that very soon!”

Released in 2015, Sarah’s fourth solo album Walking Into White was selected as Album of the Month by UK publication FolkWords, which went on to nominate it for both Best Album from a Female Artist and Album of the Year. Germany’s Folker hailed it as “Ein mutiges Album mit einem potenziellen Pophit” (“A courageous album that includes a potential pop hit”), while The Musician called it “A work that grows with each listen.”

“After spending a huge chunk of the past seven years on the road I do feel I’ve earned a bit of a break. I’ll still do local gigs, and I’ll also do festivals that only take me away from home for a couple of days at a time – there are a number of festivals that I haven’t been able to get to because I’m always away on tour in other countries when they’re happening, so it’ll be great to be actually available for those. “For example, I’ve just been booked for the Costa del Folk Festival on the island of Ibiza in April 2017, and if that offer had come up last year or the year before, I’d have had to say no – so I’m very happy that it came at a point when I could say yes. But mostly I really want to be able to focus on the new album. Like I already said, watch this space!”

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.


Nov 3   St Austell: Restormel Arts @ The Bosuns Charlestown

Nov 4   Burton-Upon-Trent: The Brewtown Folk Club

Nov 5   Bracknell: Artree Live, South Hill Park Arts Centre

Nov 6   West Totton (Southampton): Hanger Farm Arts Centre

Nov 7   Croydon Folk Club

Nov 8   Cambridge: Strummers Music

Nov 11 Cardigan: The Cellar

Nov 12 Buxton: The Green Man Gallery

Nov 13 Halifax: Square Chapel Centre For The Arts

Nov 14 Stirling Folk Club

Nov 15 Edinburgh: Leith Folk Club

Nov 16  Corran: The Ceilidh House & Heritage Centre

Nov 17 Morpeth: Gallery 45

Nov 18 Leeds: HEART – Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre

Nov 19 Liverpool Acoustic @ View Two Gallery

Nov 22 St Neots Folk Club

Nov 23 Keighley: Exchange Arts Centre

Nov 24 Scarborough: Woodend Gallery

Nov 25 Tewkesbury: The Roses

Nov 26 Combe Martin: Shammick Acoustic

Nov 27 Tavistock: The Wharf

Nov 29 Topsham: The Bridge Inn


Dec 1   Redruth: Regal Theatre

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