UK-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Sarah McQuaid announces Sept./Oct. US Tour

By on August 8, 2016
Sarah McQuaid
Photo by Phil Nicholls

UK-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Sarah McQuaid sets out on a seven-week

coast-to-coast tour of the USA before she takes a year-long break from the road to record a new album – see details of dates below. I hope you’ll consider covering her via feature, album review or advance  blurb. Please let me know if you need the music. You can stream selections from all her albums at:


Featured earlier this year in the Legends Of Rock exhibition by photographer Phil Nicholls ( alongside his iconic images of Amy Winehouse, Björk, The Prodigy and Courtney Love, to name a few, McQuaid has spent the past seven years touring virtually nonstop on both sides of the Atlantic, earning critical accolades along the way.


Of one of her concerts last autumn, The Huffington Post wrote: “Finding treasure feels great, and such is the case with musician Sarah McQuaid. … I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever. One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift.”


Her autumn 2016 outing will be her final US tour before she takes a twelve-month break from the road in 2017 to focus her energies on writing and recording a fifth solo album, as well as penning a sequel to The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, the popular instruction book she authored on the alternative guitar tuning she uses exclusively.


“I’d like to do a follow-up book that focuses on song accompaniment and that demonstrates the versatility of DADGAD,” Sarah explains. “A lot of people think of it as a specifically ‘Celtic’ tuning, but I write all my songs in DADGAD, and it’s great for all sorts of different genres, from blues to classical music to rock ‘n’ roll.


“I’m also very excited about the next album – I don’t want say too much just yet, cos I’m afraid I’ll jinx it if I do, but if all goes according to plan I’ll have a pretty major piece of news about that very soon!


“And after spending a huge chunk of the past seven years on the road I do feel I’ve earned a bit of a break. I’ll still do local gigs, and I’ll also do festivals that only take me away from home for a couple of days at a time – there are a number of festivals that I haven’t been able to get to because I’m always away on tour in other countries when they’re happening, so it’ll be great to be actually available for those.


“For example, I’ve just been booked for the Costa del Folk Festival on the island of Ibiza in April 2017, and if that offer had come up last year or the year before, I’d have had to say no – so I’m very happy that it came at a point when I could say yes.


“But mostly I really want to be able to focus on the new album. Like I already said, watch this space!”


Released in 2015, Sarah’s fourth solo album Walking Into White was selected as Album of the Month by UK publication FolkWords, which went on to nominate it for both Best Album from a Female Artist and Album of the Year. Germany’s Folker hailed it as “Ein mutiges Album mit einem potenziellen Pophit” (“A courageous album that includes a potential pop hit”), while The Musician called it “A work that grows with each listen.”


“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,” wrote Ian Pickles in R2/Rock ‘n’ Reel.


Before she can get down to work on its successor, she’s got a busy tour schedule ahead of her, with 39 concerts in seven weeks at venues from California to Cape Cod and a plethora of places in between – followed almost immediately by a four-week, 22-show UK tour in November.


“And after that,” says Sarah, “I’m looking forward to having a good long break from living out of a suitcase!”




Sept 7      McKinney, TX: The Guitar Sanctuary (workshop only)

Sept 8      Fort Worth, TX: Concerts in the Woods  

Sept 9      Dallas, TX: Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse   

Sept 10    Winnsboro, TX: The Bowery Stage at Winnsboro Center for the Arts     

Sept 11    Austin, TX: Ham Jam House Concerts    

Sept 12    Alpine, TX: Alpine Public Library    

Sept 13    Anthony, NM: Toad Hall House Concerts 

Sept 14    Miami, AZ: Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum     

Sept 16    Las Vegas, NV: Garage Ma Hall Musical Gatherings    

Sept 17    Pasadena, CA: Pasadena Folk Music Society    

Sept 18    San Pedro, CA: Alvas Showroom  

Sept 20    Rock Springs, WY: White Mountain Library       

Sept 21    Glenwood Springs, CO: Glenwood Springs Branch Library    

Sept 22    Ridgway, CO: House Concert       

Sept 23    Westcliffe, CO: Hardscrabble Concerts   

Sept 24    Denver, CO: Tuft Theater @ Swallow Hill Music 

Sept 25    Rapid City, SD: Rockerville Community Hall       

Sept 29    Hayward, WI: The Park Center      

Sept 30    Duluth, MN: Jubilee House Concerts       

Oct 1        Madison, WI: House Concert        

Oct 2        Peoria, IL: Music in the McKenzie  

Oct 3        Winfield, IL: Winfield Public Library

Oct 4        Danville, IN: Keys, Strings & Other Things         

Oct 5        Chelsea, MI: On The Tracks Songwriter Showcase      

Oct 7        Winston-Salem, NC: Fiddle & Bow Society        

Oct 8        Black Mountain, NC: White Horse Black Mountain       

Oct 9        Chattahoochee Hills, GA: Chatt Hills Music       

Oct 12      Takoma Park, MD: House Of Musical Traditions (workshop only)     

Oct 13      Washington, DC: Institute of Musical Traditions 

Oct 14      Merion Station, PA: House Concert – Merion Station PA       

Oct 15      Montclair, NJ: Notes From Home House Concert Series        

Oct 16      Warwick, RI: Warwick Public Library        

Oct 17      Johnston, RI: Marian J Mohr Memorial Library  

Oct 18      Millis, MA: Millis Public Library       

Oct 19      Litchfield, CT: Oliver Wolcott Library       

Oct 20      Wardsboro, VT: Wardsboro Town Hall    

Oct 21      Dover, NH: Shows at Red & Shorty’s       

Oct 22      Orleans, MA: Brick Hill House Concerts

Oct 23      Woods Hole, MA: Woods Hole Folk Music Society       


see for full details of all concerts.



Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.