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* Reviews: Sarah McQuaid at the Poly - review
Posted Feb 07, 2018 - 05:27 PM
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Reviews Friday the 2nd February 2018 was a chilly night for everyone, but for the lucky live-music enthusiasts who made it to Falmouth Poly in Church St, each was thoroughly warmed by the treat served up by guitarist & singer, songwriter and talented folk musician, Sarah McQuaid...


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Sarah’s journey has so far taken her from her birth place of Madrid and then as a one year old to the USA, where her early musical influences came from close family members. Raised in Chicago, at age 18, Sarah studied philosophy in Strasbourg before moving to Ireland in 1994 where she lived & worked for 13 years as a music journalist & editor. The good news for Cornwall is that Sarah and her family have been resident in West Penwith during recent years and what a pleasure to share our beautiful part of the world with another gifted artist.

Now in Sarah’s 11th year as a professional folk musician, Falmouth Polytechnic was the seventh venue in a busy itinerary which includes venues across the UK & Europe in promoting her 5th and latest album: “If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous”. UK & overseas tour dates may be viewed on her website: sarahmcquaid.com

Her calm, honest & subtle approach to music makes a refreshing change from some over-powering pressure cooker concerts often deemed necessary by many musicians, who view it as obligatory to assault the inner ear in attempting to portray their writing skills.

A soulful musician with plenty of contrast with her guitar work and singing, Sarah’s voice has been likened to: “Malt Whiskey & melted chocolate” and I would add... “with more than a hint of Cornish Mead” - as her delivery contains subtlety with a dynamic intoxicating quality which manages to warm the senses.

A warm, generous, open-hearted personality with bags of natural talent ensures that those who were present on Friday will no doubt look forward to a return performance at Falmouth’s Polytechnic Theatre, where the room’s quality of acoustics was more than matched by the solo performance and overall quality of sound on display.

Review by Paul Wakeling
 
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