Not long to go now! I’ll be launching my fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous with a concert at The Acorn arts centre here in my adopted home town of Penzance this week, followed by album launch tours in the UK, Netherlands and Germany, with USA, Ireland and more extensive UK tours to follow later in the year. The official release date is 2nd February 2018 and until then it’s still available to pre-order at discounted prices – plus I’ll have it available for sale on both CD and heavyweight vinyl LP (download codes included on request) at all the concerts.
Produced by guitar legend Michael Chapman, the album’s already been getting some great reviews. Hip New York blog CultureSonar included it in their ‘10 Albums To Look For In 2018’ and called it “An entrancing album” with “dark, sophisticated lyrical imagery and a spare but atmospheric production.” In The Afterword, Colin Harper wrote: “Seeing a shared world in a new way, from a different angle, is the role of the songwriter. Sarah gets a gold star on that front. This is a fabulous album ... Sarah brought the songs, Michael brought the attitude. Together they turned on the electricity.” Folking.com’s David Harley described it as “Spine-chilling ... The songs are exceptional: some of the lyrics here would look equally at home in a volume of poetry, though it would be a pity to deprive them of Sarah’s voice and melodic flair.”
Now I‘m hard at work rehearsing for the tour, which will see me playing (in addition to my custom-made Andy Manson acoustic guitar) three instruments I’ve never performed on in public before: a lovely Ibanez Artist electric guitar that Michael’s kindly given me on long-term loan, a gorgeous Roland stage piano on loan from my friend and fellow musician Ralph Houston, and a drum on loan from Roger Luxton who plays drums and percussion on the new album! Roger kindly called round to my house the other week to give me my first-ever drum lesson. It’s all rather daunting, but also very exciting ....
I’m mailing out the pre-orders this week, so do click here to get your copy if you haven’t already done so, and I hope to see you at one of the gigs. Please spread the word if you can!