Sarah writes ...
I’m typing this very quickly, as I’m due to set out in less than two hours on a six-week tour of Ireland and the UK and I haven’t even packed my suitcase yet! It’s been a lovely two weeks at home with the family since I returned from my March tour of the Netherlands and Germany. You’ll be able to read all about that tour very soon in my Tour Diary, and in the meantime there are a whole bunch of photos from the tour up on my Facebook Page.
I’m particularly excited about this tour, because it includes so much collaborative work with other musicians and singers. In Scotland, I’ll be performing a series of four concerts “in the round” with fellow songwriters Bill Adair and Richard Grainger; in Farncombe, Surrey, I’ll be backed on a number of songs by the Godalming Community Gospel Choir; and later in June, as part of the Golowan Festival in Penzance, I’ll be supported by young songwriters Theo Black, Shania Curnow and Nat Dwelly, all students in the Music MixX programme run by well-known local musician and music educator Luke New at Mounts Bay Academy, where I gave a songwriting workshop earlier this year.
Being a solo artist, I don’t often get the chance to perform with other musicians and singers, so this will be a real treat. I know the gigs in Scotland with Bill and Richard will be great – I’ve done a couple of ‘in the round’ gigs previously over in the States, at the Bluebird in Nashville and at Anderson Fair in Houston, and it’s really nice to be able to exchange ideas and harmonies in a really off-the-cuff, informal way onstage. And when Julian Lewry at Farncombe Music Club asked me if I’d like to try working with a gospel choir, I was thrilled -- I sang with a children’s choir for many years and still sing with my local church choir, and it’ll be a real honour to have the choir in Godalming joining me on songs I’ve written!
I’m delighted to report that in addition to Golowan I’ll also be performing at two other festivals over the summer: Festival at the Edge in July and Sidmouth FolkWeek in August. Yet more opportunities to see and hear some of my fellow artists! And a big honour to be invited.
I’m sure there's more I ought to be telling you, but I really do need to run and pack now, so do keep an eye on the News page of my website for, well, news, on the Calendar page for details of all the gigs, and on the aforementioned Tour Diary for photos and stories from the road in the months to come. I’ll be posting updates on Facebook and Twitter as well, and if you can make it to one of the shows it would be great to see you there!