Update – January 2015
Exciting times ahead: Just one week from today, on Monday February 2nd, my fourth solo album Walking Into White will be released in the UK and Europe! It won’t be released in North America until August, closer to my September-October US tour, but even if you’re in the US or Canada you can still buy the album directly from me (see info below).
It’s already been getting a bit of radio airplay and some nice reviews: Johanna B. Bodde at InsurgentCountry.net called it “A combination of seasoned craft and innovative ideas ... Highly recommended,” while Michel Preumont of concerts-review.over-blog.com described it as “Original, acrobatique et audacieux ... Un album brillant ouvrant de nouvelles perspectives pour Sarah McQuaid.” (Original, acrobatic and audacious ... A brilliant album that opens new perspectives for Sarah McQuaid).
It’s a step in a new direction for me, with new producers (Jeremy Backofen and my cousin Adam Pierce) and a very different soundscape and feel to my previous work. It’s also probably the most honest and personal album I’ve ever made, and I have to confess that I’m a little anxious about how it’ll be received by my long-term fans. I do feel strongly that this was the right album for me to make at this point in time, and I hope you like it as much as I do.
If you do decide to buy the new album, you’ll notice that there’s an option to add on to the standard price of £12 Stg. I paid for this album with borrowed money, so if you felt inclined to make an additional contribution, that would be absolutely wonderful and I’d be hugely grateful, although it’s totally fine if you don’t! I’m also very happy to enclose signed posters, handwritten lyrics and the like, if that’s of interest; just let me know what you want from me and I’ll see what I can do.
In a few more weeks I’ll be heading out on tour in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Ireland (North and South), with the official album launch at Podiumcafé Peter en Leni in Steendam, Netherlands, on Friday March 6th (plus two DADGAD guitar workshops at the same venue on the following day). See tour dates listed at right; I’m sorry that not all of them are listed on my website as yet, but they will be very soon.
Once the tour gets under way, you’ll find lots of chat and photographs in daily updates on my Facebook page and Twitter account. If you’re able to make it to one of the shows, it would be great to see you there, and please do help to spread the word if you can.