On Tuesday, October 13, British Isles singer-songwriter Sarah McQuaid returns in concert to Fiddlers Crossing. McQuaid has performed here twice before, enchanting her audiences with her lovely alto voice and what has been called her “sparkling guitar.” With roots in Europe and America, McQuaid is equally at home singing Irish, Appalachian and Elizabethan ballads, and even 1930s jazz standards.
In her own songs, McQuaid is a storyteller. Her subjects cover the range of human history and emotions. She sings about Bess of Hardwick, a remarkable 16th century English businesswoman. She sings about love, from a tender love letter from mother to daughter, to an old-fashioned Cole Porter-style “first kiss” love song. In other pieces, she moves to spiritual questioning and ponders the relationship of soul and place.
McQuaid was born in Spain but raised in Chicago by her Spanish father and American mother. She currently lives in rural Cornwall, England, with her husband and two children.
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, Lucky’s Barbershop, or online at fiddlerscrossing.com. Tickets to the concert are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30p.m.
On the horizon at Fiddlers Crossing: Brad Cole, Claudia Russel and Bruce Kaplan, Men of Worth, Molly’s Revenge with Christa Burch and Irish dancers in “Winterdance.”