Rising star Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.
Her musical output reflects her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and now lives in rural England. Refusing to be pigeonholed, she spans the genres with both her beautifully crafted originals and her interpretations of material from around the globe and down the centuries. Sarah’s third solo album The Plum Tree and the Rose has drawn critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic: “Impeccable,” wrote fRoots (UK), while Midwest Record (USA) called it “low key but glorious and incendiary” and Hot Press (Ireland) said it “should feature on many end-of-year best-ofs.”
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 patternsRead more: DADGAD Guitar Workshop
In 2005, four musicians got together for an informal session in one of Sligo’s most unique pubs, Shoot the Crows. Soon the Wednesday night session was one of the most famed in the area, with musical styles from Irish traditional to Latin bossa, and a lot more in between. Encouraged by the weekly rapturous response, the four musicians, harking from different musical and cultural backgrounds, agreed to join forces and take their unique styles to the next level.
Thus, NoCrows were born.Read more: No Crows feat
The Gig Room—the half-sized, curtained-off Community Centre, lighted and decorated to enhance the presentation of small concerts—has been a great success thusfar with Ensemble Ériu kicking off the 2015 season, followed by the Joseph Brown School Annual Concert, The Oldtown Rounders, the second Blackboard Venue open mic night, and Johnny Moynihan with Brendan Hearty and Emily Donohue. If you haven't seen it, in its reduced size it makes a lovely performance space, intimate and very suitable for acoustic concerts. It has the feel of an arts centre--and believe it or not, it's warm! We will continue to develop the space and make it as intimate and friendly as we can in keeping with KAM's reputation of concerts for good listening. Next concert in the GiG Room is Sarah McQuaid, Saturday May 9.
To play in random order.
Mardi Gras, February 2013