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SARAH MCQUAID

West­coun­try-based singer song­writer Sarah Mcquaid has a cou­ple of dates on home ter­ri­tory dur­ing her mam­moth three-month au­tumn tour of 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 long-term loan, Sarah’s fifth solo al­bum If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dan­ger­ous 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.”

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