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
“A world class talent… burns with a brilliant allure”. Living Tradition.
“An original fusion of jazz and folk… that sound like the journey of a vintage bourbon through a long winter night”. 1inmusic.com
“A voice as rich, matured and knowing as the finest thrice-distilled Irish malt whiskey. ”fRoots.
Walking Into White (2015)
The Silver Lining (2014)
The Plum Tree and the Rose (2012)
The Sun Goes On Rising (2012)
I Won’t Go Home ’Til Morning (2008)
When Two Lovers Meet (1997)