“One of the most instantly recognisable voices in current music … Shades of Joni Mitchell in a jam with Karen Carpenter and Lana Del Rey.” —Neil March, Trust The Doc
Doors Open: 20:00
Show Time: 20:30
Sarah McQuaid’s lush, chocolatey voice combines with her engaging personality, “subtle mastery onstage” (Huffington Post) and “brilliant musicianship” (fRoots) on acoustic and electric guitars, piano and (occasionally) drum to create a truly immersive experience.
Born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holding dual Irish and American citizenship and now settled in rural England, she brings the eclecticism of her background to her “captivating, unorthodox songwriting” (PopMatters) and choice of material, spanning genres and defying categorisation.
All this is abundantly demonstrated by her new live album and video series The St Buryan Sessions — but needs to be savoured in person to be fully appreciated.
Guitar Workshop with Sarah McQuaid - 20.04.24 at 3:30pm
The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre is excited to announce the return of this popular Guitar workshop by Sarah McQuaid.
Described by The Irish Times as “a godsend to aspiring traditional guitarists,” Sarah McQuaid’s ‘The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book’ has become the standard reference on the subject.
Topics covered in the workshop include basic chord shapes in DADGAD, the capo and its uses, backing guitar styles, chord patterns and an overview of the modes (Mixolydian, Dorian, etc.) that are typical of traditional tunes and songs.
By way of illustration, Sarah will teach participants to accompany a song in DADGAD, including a simple instrumental break, and will then “take apart” another song, demonstrating how different patterns and variations can be introduced to make the accompaniment more interesting for the listener.
Handouts with lyrics, tablature and chord diagrams are included in the workshop fee.