Acclaimed singer to perform in Scarborough

Sarah McQuaid to perform in Scarborough
Sarah McQuaid to perform in Scarborough

A critically acclaimed, international artist will be performing at Woodend Gallery in Scarborough on Friday.

UK-based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid is touring the country, stopping off at 22 different venues, following the release of her fourth solo album Walking Into White.

Recently returning from her US 36-show, coast-to-coast tour, Sarah will be performing every track live from her new album as well as her classics at the Scarborough venue.

The album was officially launched in March at the first concert on Sarah’s Netherlands-Belgium-Germany tour, where both the live album performance and the more relaxed second half filled with her greatest hits earned a rapturous reception from the audience.

With at least one track, Jackdaws Rising, proving almost impossible to play live, Sarah and her long-time collaborator, manager and sound engineer Martin Stansbury had to resort to a certain amount of technological trickery in order to bring the album to the stage.

Sarah explains: “It’s all done live on the night but Martin has to do a lot from the desk end to make it happen. On ‘Low Winter Sun’, for example, before I start the song proper, I play a chord on the guitar which he samples and turns into a lovely lush wash of controlled feedback that turns up later in the song as a background and underpinning for the bell peal that I’m playing on the guitar.

“And on ‘Jackdaws Rising’, I start by laying down a 5/4 time stomp and hand-clap pattern that he turns into a percussion loop repeating through the song, while each part of the three-part round also loops until I get to the final repeat of the first part. It’s like walking a tightrope – incredibly difficult to get the timing right, but when it works it’s amazing!”

Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 7.30pm on Friday (November 20) at Woodend Gallery, The Crescent. Tickets cost £8 in advance by calling 01723 384500 or £10 on the door.