Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival — Sunflower Folk Club, Sunflower Public House, 65 Union Street, Belfast BT1 2JG, Northern Ireland
Tel 028 90 246609 — Tickets £8 — 8pm (Doors 7:30pm)
This will be Sarah's second visit to this wonderful festival of music, comedy, theatre, art and literature that regularly attracts over 60,000 people to over 100 events throughout Belfast's city centre. As before, she'll be playing an evening concert at the Sunflower Public House (http://facebook.com/sunflowerpublichouse) on the regular Sunflower Folk Club (http://facebook.com/sunflowerfolk) night. For more info, visit cqaf.com
or ring 028 90 246609. Visit sarahmcquaid.com
for other tour dates and more information about Sarah.
“The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved,” writes guitar legend Michael Chapman in his introduction to Sarah McQuaid’s fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous – which he offered to produce after meeting Sarah at a festival where they were both on the bill.
Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: “I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever,” wrote The Huffington Post.
With the release of her new album, the Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter has expanded her battery of instruments to include piano, electric guitar and drum, and it’s drawn critical raves internationally: Dutch music magazine Heaven hailed it as “an early contender for folk album of 2018,” the UK’s fRoots said it was “a collection to savour” and the USA’s PopMatters called it “a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.”
“Seeing a shared world in a new way, from a different angle, is the role of the songwriter. Sarah gets a gold star on that front. This is a fabulous album.” —The Afterword
“A darkly melodic, richly layered folk tapestry… haunting and sparse, yet beautifully rendered… a voice as thick and soft as fur.” —Elmore Magazine
“A work of formidable passion.” —FolkWords