Regular Afterworders will know I’m a huge fan of singer/songwriter and celebrity Cornwall dweller Sarah McQuaid. Sarah has just announced Bandcamp pre-order options for her new album – ‘If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous’ – with legendary guitar-slinger and celebrity Yorkshire dweller Michael Chapman producing.
I didn’t care for the production on Sarah’s last album, but this one sounds like a terrific new path, from the expansive, spare, analogue sound of preview track ‘The Tug of the Moon’.
Sarah hopes to press ‘go’ on a vinyl pressing for the album (which is scheduled for February 2018 release), but needs enough pre-orders for this option to happen. I’ve just made my contribution. Hope others will too.
Here’s what Sarah and Michael have to say:
I’m delighted to announce that my fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous will be released on 2nd February 2018 and is now available to pre-order. Produced by guitar legend Michael Chapman (memorably described in The Guardian as “the godfather of new cosmic Americana”), the album features what I’m convinced is by far my best batch of original songs and instrumentals ever … plus another co-write with the wonderful Gerry O’Beirne, an arrangement of the medieval chant “Dies Irae” and a cover of Jeff Wayne’s classic “Forever Autumn”. In addition to my custom-made Andy Manson and 1965 Martin D-28 acoustic guitars, I’m also playing electric guitar (a lovely Ibanez Artist model that Michael’s kindly given me on long-term loan) and piano!
The last studio I worked in was a supertech palace in upstate New York and it was minus ten outside. So here I am in a shed with a sod roof, annoying wildlife and helicopters in the warmth of a Cornish spring and miles from my comfort zone.
We are so different, the two of us: a perfectionist and a gambler, a planner and a chancer. We might need a referee.
This record has been meticulously planned, but I haven’t even heard the songs. I like it that way. The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved.
I first met Michael Chapman three years ago, when we were both playing at the Village Pump Festival in Wiltshire, England. Watching this legendary guitarist, singer and songwriter in action, performing solo but filling the vast stage with his powerful presence and massive guitar sound, I was blown away. It’s incredible to me that he uses the same language to describe his reaction to my writing and playing; I’m honoured and humbled beyond measure.
Since that first meeting, Michael and his other half Andru have become great friends and staunch supporters. During one of my visits to their farmhouse in Cumbria, Michael said “Why don’t you let me produce your next album?” I’m so glad he did, as I’d never have dared to ask.
And here’s the Bandcamp link for the sample track and order bundle options: