On Tuesday September 26, the Arts Festival presented Sarah McQuaid at the Community Centre in Conduit Hill. While it was not as packed out as some other events, it was a good size audience and the atmosphere expectant.
It is never easy as a solo artist to entertain, but Sarah had a beautiful, rich voice and her guitar playing fitted well with her powerful songs. The program says that her voice has been likened to malt whisky and honey poured into wine. She entertained the audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with her great musicianship. Personally, she reminded me of Carly Simon, the legendary singer-songwriter.
Born in Spain, raised in Chicago, Sarah now lives in rural England. She does not like to be pigeonholed, being able to move from her emotive originals into a early Cuban jazz number. There is no doubt that she has the gift of a voice combined with playing ability. Sarah’s new album “Walking into White” is hailed as her most honest and adventurous work. I loved her quirky covers for the collection of CDs. For more information or to buy one of her CDs go to www.sarahmcquaid.com
Photos: Rye and District Camera Club