Regular Afterworders will know I’m a huge fan of smiley, deep-voiced troubadour Sarah McQuaid – who combines Chicago, Spanish, Irish and, some say, Polish ancestry with living a couple of miles from Land’s End.
Barring John O’Groats, it’s hard to imagine anywhere on mainland Great Britain less conducive to being a starting point for international touring. Nevertheless, McQuaid manages to create epic touring schedules, accompanied by trusty driver/sound engineering wizard/minder/manager Martin Sainsbury.
Her current three-month, 62-show international tour winds up this week. It’s incredible to me that anyone can pull such tours together on a one-person cottage industry basis. Hats’ off to her!
With some people, one can admire the effort but not be keen on the artistry. Luckily, I find Sarah’s artistry at least the equal of her industry!
Tonight, she’ll be at the old fire station in Carlisle, Thursday at Rothbury Roots in Northumberland, Friday at Armandaleg Music in the Old Baptist Chapel (John Moore Museum) in Tewkesbury, Saturday at South Devon Music in the Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey, and Sunday at Old Bakery Studios in Truro, Cornwall.
Then I presume she goes home and hibernates for a week before creating similar epic tours for next year.
See http://www.sarahmcquaid.com/tour for details