Free Range Concerts Presents
An Evening With
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
6 pm - 10 pm
It was a year ago that Kim and I caught Sarah McQuaid, the enchanting chanteuse and guitar ace from England, at a concert up in Noblesville. We had the good fortune to host her for an overnight stay that evening (thank you, Cary Allen Fields!), and from that grew a pledge to perform a Free Range Concert during her 2015 U.S. tour swing. Happily, that time has come.
Below is information about Sarah, but what you really need to know is that she sings like a bird, plays guitar like a boss (in exquisite DADGAD tuning) and will be accompanied by road manager and stylish man-about-town Martin Stansbury. We’ve come to love them both and trust you will, too.
Here’s the lowdown on Sarah:
Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.
Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and now living in rural England, Sarah refuses to be pigeonholed, segueing easily from one of her emotive originals into a 1930s Cuban jazz number, a 16th century lute piece or an unexpected contemporary cover. Like its predecessors, her fourth solo CD has drawn international critical acclaim: The Musician (UK) called it “A work that grows with each listen,” while Germany’s Folker hailed it as “Ein mutiges Album mit einem potenziellen Pophit” (A courageous album that includes a potential pop hit). “Sending out a trembling resonance, this is a collection of songs that feel their way into your being,” wrote FolkWords (UK), where it prevailed over stiff competition to be selected as Album of the Month.
“The whole album expresses the eclectic influences from McQuaid’s life intertwined with a symbiotic, emotive edge. With a maelstrom of intensity within, it’s a totally enthralling listen.” — Eileen McCabe, Irish Music Magazine
“The songs are acutely observed and literate, almost like journal notes set to music. They’re measured and tranquil but they’re never dull because there is always a sense of restlessness and unease behind the poetry.... And it’s all lovely.” – Ian Pickles, R2/Rock 'n' Reel
This will be a rare, mid-week Free Range Concert, and we’re excited to see how it fits with everyone’s social calendars. So, get a dog sitter and drop the kids off at the kennel. We hope you’ll join us for a beautiful fall evening with Sarah McQuaid.
Food and conversation start at 6 pm. Music happens at 7 pm. Pitch-in and BYOB. RSVP requested. Reservations required.