Calling all singers! and other news

Calling all singers
A couple of weeks ago, I started writing a song, and realised a few lines into it that it was taking the form of a canon. Luckily, that very evening – 14 March – I was playing a double bill with the excellent Cornish band Dalla (www.dalla.co.uk) and managed to recruit three of its members, plus Kim Guy of Cornish duo Corncrow, to give it a whirl. Even with only five of the six parts, it sounded lovely, and I'd really like to keep the song in the set ... so I’ll be needing a few more singers to join me! If you’re coming to one of my shows and you're able to sing in parts, please do go to my homepage, www.sarahmcquaid.com, where you’ll find a link to download the sheet music (small file, quick download) and see if you fancy having a go.

To tweet or not to tweet?
A great big heartfelt thank you to everyone who’s sent messages of support, guestbook signatures and comments on my various webpages. I do read everything that comes in, and all those kind words give me a huge lift. I try to write to everyone individually to thank them, but sometimes it’s hard to keep up, between MySpace and Facebook and Twitter and Reverbnation and all the rest. I’m a bit bemused and confused by it all, and have just written a “Guest Blog” on the subject for the excellent online folk music magazine Spiral Earth (www.spiralearth.co.uk). It’ll also be published in the Musicians’ Union “Grass Roots” newsletter, and if you’d like to read it yourself, just click here.

New videos, new pics, new reviews
I’ve added loads of stuff to the website since the last of these missives went out. There are seven new videos from concerts I did in Holland in February, including my rendition of the three (three!) Dutch birthday songs, plus a great big hootenany when I joined Dutch bluegrass band the Lazy Taters (www.lazytater.nl) for ‘Mama Don’t Allow’. Lots of new pics (including older ones from March 2008 and November 2008 that I’ve only just got round to uploading, as well as recent ones from January and February 2009) on the photos page, and some very nice reviews of the new album on the press page. Among these are reviews from Living Tradition, fRoots, FATEA and The Irish Times – all good, I’m relieved to say! The Mama CD has been getting some amazing reviews as well, from MOJO and Rock'n'Reel among others; click here to read them.

On the airwaves
The CD has been getting airplay in all sorts of places, including the USA’s WYSO, WDET, WRFG, KMSU, K-TAOS, Kansas Public Radio, Australia’s Spectrum FM and 2MCE-FM, plus assorted stations in the UK and Ireland. Over in the Netherlands, host Berrie Koetsier of ‘Songriver’ on Omroep  IJsselmond 104.1 FM made my version of ‘Ode To Billie Joe’ his ‘Cover Song Of The Week’ in January 2009. The album has also been reviewed in three different Dutch magazines, and I’m looking for translators, please, as my limited Nederlands isn’t quite up to the job!

Coming soon to a venue near you
Listed on the calendar page are all the gigs I have coming up. Many, many thanks for all your support, and I hope to meet you at a gig down the road.