The Irish Times - Joe Breen

Sarah McQuaid
When Two Lovers Meet

This is a thoughtful, skilful and occasionally sombre collection of mostly traditional material. Sarah McQuaid has clearly been smitten by the attractions of Irish traditional music. Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and now living in this country, McQuaid is an accomplished guitarist whose rich style sits well with the intricacies of traditional music. She has done her homework in other areas as well, notably in her research and particularly in her vocal style. Producer Gerry O’Beirne, no slouch himself in the guitarist ranks, serves McQuaid well in her stated aim of giving the music room to breathe, while other guests like Niamh Parsons (for a fine female version of The Parting Glass), Trevor Hutchinson and John McSherry help make this a debut to note.