Sarah Mc Quaid
Born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holding dual Irish and American citizenship and now settled in rural England, Sarah McQuaid worked for a number of years as a music journalist for both Hot Press and the Evening Herald before becoming a full time musician in 2007.
Since then, she’s released six critically acclaimed solo albums – plus an album as a duo with Zoë Pollock, writer and performer of 1991 UK Top 5 hit single “Sunshine On A Rainy Day”, featuring songs co-written by the pair under the band name Mama. Her new album and video series The St Buryan Sessions, recorded and filmed live during lockdown in a beautiful medieval church near her home in Cornwall, was described by Acoustic Guitar magazine as “an instant classic.”
Sarah has also drawn accolades for her “captivating, unorthodox songwriting” (PopMatters) and “brilliant musicianship” (fRoots) on acoustic and electric guitars, piano and occasionally drum, as well as for her live performances: “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. She tours extensively in Ireland, the UK, USA and Continental Europe, doing all her own booking in all territories and self-releasing her albums with the help of her longtime manager and sound engineer, Martin Stansbury.
The winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ards International Guitar Festival, Sarah is the author of The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book (Ossian/Music Sales Inc, 1995) and regularly presents workshops on the DADGAD tuning (as well as on songwriting, tour booking and more) at festivals, music schools and venues around the globe.