Songwriter Sarah McQuaid returns to Derbyshire venue for eighth concert
Sarah returns to The Green Man Gallery, Buxton, on November 11, 2023, for her eighth concert there. The programme will include selections from her latest album St Buryan Sessions.
Her month-long run of shows in the UK follows a tour of America where she spent her childhood.
In 2007 Sarah moved to Cornwall from Ireland where she had lived for many years. She swiftly struck up a friendship with a fellow mum outside the gates of their children’s school. That new aquaintance turned out to be Zoë Pollock, writer and performer of 1991 UK top five single Sunshine On A Rainy Day.The pair soon found themselves co-writing songs for an album released in 2008 under the band name Mama, lauded by MOJO’s Colin Irwin as “a pleasingly maverick mix” and by The Irish Times as “Janis Joplin’s freewheeling spirit crossed with Joni Mitchell's lyrical density.”“I owe Zoë a massive debt of gratitude for getting me into songwriting in a serious way,” said Sarah. “Prior to that I’d thought of myself basically as a folk singer who happened to write an occasional song, but through working with Zoë I not only learned a hell of a lot about the craft of songwriting, but also just the fact of someone of her calibre wanting to co-write with me was what finally gave me the confidence to start focusing on my own original material.”
Martin Stansbury, a longtime collaborator and former bandmate of Zoë’s who produced and engineered the Mama album, then became Sarah’s manager and sound engineer, accompanying her on all her tours worldwide since 2009.
Most recently, Martin has produced and engineered The St Buryan Sessions, recorded live in lockdown in the medieval church of St Buryan which is just over a mile from Sarah’s home. It’s her sixth solo album and features her performances on acoustic and electric guitars, piano and floor tom drum and lush vocals.