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Corn­wall-based singer song­writer

Sarah McQuaid has a cou­ple of dates on home ter­ri­tory dur­ing a mam­moth three­month tour which takes in 37 shows Amer­ica and a fur­ther 25 in the UK. She’s per­form­ing with a bat­tery of new in­stru­ments and a new al­bum that’s been hailed as a “con­sum­mate artis­tic tri­umph” and tipped as an early can­di­date for folk al­bum of the year by mag­a­zines and blogs in the USA, UK, Nether­lands and Spain. Pro­duced by gui­tar leg­end Michael Chap­man, who’s also given Sarah his own elec­tric gui­tar on longterm loan, Sarah’s fifth solo al­bum

is re­garded as her best work to date. This solo artist - who was born in Spain, grew up in Amer­ica and now lives near Penzance – per­forms with elec­tric and acous­tic gui­tars, drum and (where pos­si­ble) piano.

‘Peo­ple look at my stage setup and say, ‘Oh, I didn’t re­alise you were bring­ing a band with you,’” she laughs. ‘And I have to ex­plain that no, it’s still just me! But it’s great to be able to have so much va­ri­ety in my live set, and I’m get­ting re­ally ex­cited about all these new pos­si­bil­i­ties in­stru­men­tally. I think I might be writ­ing a lot more on piano in the fu­ture, and I’d like to do more with the drum as well.’

Sarah McQuaid is at Num­ber 8 Café and

Deli, Launce­s­ton on Novem­ber 1.

She re­turns to Corn­wall next month with a gig at the Old Bak­ery Stu­dios in Truro on De­cem­ber 2.

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