Update - January 2018

Sarah writes:

Not long to go now! I’ll be launching my fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous with a concert at The Acorn arts centre here in my adopted home town of Penzance this week, followed by album launch tours in the UK, Netherlands and Germany, with USA, Ireland and more extensive UK tours to follow later in the year. The official release date is 2nd February 2018 and until then it’s still available to pre-order at discounted prices – plus I’ll have it available for sale on both CD and heavyweight vinyl LP (download codes included on request) at all the concerts.

Produced by guitar legend Michael Chapman, the album’s already been getting some great reviews. Hip New York blog CultureSonar included it in their ‘10 Albums To Look For In 2018’ and called it “An entrancing album” with “dark, sophisticated lyrical imagery and a spare but atmospheric production.” In The Afterword, Colin Harper wrote: “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 ... Sarah brought the songs, Michael brought the attitude. Together they turned on the electricity.” Folking.com’s David Harley described it as “Spine-chilling ... The songs are exceptional: some of the lyrics here would look equally at home in a volume of poetry, though it would be a pity to deprive them of Sarah’s voice and melodic flair.”

Now I‘m hard at work rehearsing for the tour, which will see me playing (in addition to my custom-made Andy Manson acoustic guitar) three instruments I’ve never performed on in public before: a lovely Ibanez Artist electric guitar that Michael’s kindly given me on long-term loan, a gorgeous Roland stage piano on loan from my friend and fellow musician Ralph Houston, and a drum on loan from Roger Luxton who plays drums and percussion on the new album! Roger kindly called round to my house the other week to give me my first-ever drum lesson. It’s all rather daunting, but also very exciting ....

I’m mailing out the pre-orders this week, so do click here to get your copy if you haven’t already done so, and I hope to see you at one of the gigs. Please spread the word if you can!


See sarahmcquaid.com/tour and facebook.com/sarahmcquaidmusic/events for details.

Jan 25 Penzance: The Acorn (Album launch)
Jan 26 Aylesbury: Limelight Theatre @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Jan 28 Kingston, near Canterbury: Folk In The Barn
Jan 29 Colchester Folk Club @ Colchester Arts Centre
Jan 30 Tewkesbury: The Roses
Jan 31 Teignmouth: Pavilions Teignmouth
Feb 2 Falmouth: The Poly
Feb 3 West Looe: The Millpool Centre
Feb 4 Worth Matravers: The Square and Compass

Feb 5 Brighton: terrace cred. @ The Greys
Feb 8 Runcorn: The Brindley Studio
Feb 9 Princethorpe: Sheep Dip Sessions
Feb 10 Bath: Ustinov Studio @ Theatre Royal Bath
Feb 11 Tavistock: The Wharf
Feb 12 Porthleven: Out Of The Blue (Open singaround/session, not concert! All welcome to join in!)

Feb 23 Steendam: Podiumcafe Peter en Leni
Feb 24 Zeeland: Tangelder Presenteert
Feb 25 Oisterwijk: Groeten Uit Oisterwijk
Feb 26 Utrecht: De Parel van Zuilen

Mar 1 Erkelenz: Julien’s Bistro-Bar
Mar 2 Hamburg: Kulturzentrum zum Heidbarghof
Mar 3 Magdeburg: Volksbad Buckau 

Mar 4 Berlin-Pankow: Zimmer 16
Mar 7 Forst: Knebels Scheune
Mar 8 Rheinau: Kleinkunstbühne Kultur im Stall
Mar 9 Marburg: Spiegelslust Turmcafe

Mar 10 Landgraaf: Theater Landgraaf

Mar 11 Lüerdissen,: Fresenhof
Mar 12 Zwickau: Liederbuch Zwickau @ Lutherkeller
Mar 14 Dohna: Kulturcafe M
Mar 15 Halle (Saale):  Kaffeeschuppen
Mar 16 Waldkraiburg: Haus der Kultur
Mar 17 Ahorntal: Burg Rabenstein (with Andy Lang & Simon Kempston)
Mar 18 Nürnberg: Ev. Kirche Nürnberg-Fischbach (w/Andy Lang, Simon Kempston)
Mar 19 Bad Honnef: Folk im Feuerschlösschen

Future tour plans include:
UK & Ireland – April-May 2018
USA – September-October 2018
UK – November 2018