image for Music - Bands item typeSarah McQuaid at The Black Robin

Music - Bands, Sun 28 Jan 2018

The Black Robin, exterior of building

The Black Robin, exterior of building


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Sun 28 Jan Sarah McQuaid


“The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved,” writes guitar legend Michael Chapman in his introduction to Sarah McQuaid’s fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous – which he offered to produce after meeting Sarah at a festival where they were both on the bill.

Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: “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.

Born in Madrid (to a Spanish father and an American mother), raised in Chicago and now living in Cornwall, Sarah McQuaid was taught piano and guitar by her folk-singing mother and from the age of twelve was embarking on tours of the US and Canada with the Chicago Children’s Choir.

She moved to Ireland in 1994, working as a music journalist and magazine editor. In 2007, she re-released her 1997 debut solo album, When Two Lovers Meet, and launched her solo career with a performance on Irish national television.

Recently dubbed “guitar queen” by one festival organiser, Sarah is also known for her use of the DADGAD tuning. She is the author of The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, described by The Irish Times as “a godsend to aspiring traditional guitarists,” with a follow-­-up book on the way that will focus on DADGAD song accompaniment. She 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.

“Sarah was just fantastic, she had a sold out audience captivated from start to finish at Ards Arts Centre, Co. Down. A beautiful voice and technically accomplished player.”
Emily Crawford, Ards Arts Centre, Northern Ireland

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Event details

Dates Times
Sun 28 Jan 2018 18:30
Doors 6pm for 6.30pm start.


Tickets £12.00 online
£13.00 cash or cheque in advance
£14.00 on the door


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Map reference: TR 201512  Lat: 51.21793 Long: 1.15124

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Aylesham station


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  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
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