The unbelievably talented and hardworking Sarah McQuaid is about to go on tour again, though her first gig is nearby at the Acorn Theatre, Penzance (20th January). After a number of gigs in the UK and Ireland, she heads off for some gigs in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.
If you’re not aware of her recent album The St. Buryan Sessions, there are links to pretty much everything Sarah-related here.
If you’re totally unacquainted with her work, you might like the introductory video here.
Information from John Tremaine, editor of Folk In Cornwall:
There will be a session at Lostwithiel Social Club, Fore Street, PL22 0BL on Friday 13th January from 8pm – this session is now scheduled regularly for the 2nd Friday in each month.
A new session has been organised at the New Inn, Tywardreath (PL24 2QP) for next Sunday the 15th January from about 7pm. This will be a “Slow and Easy” type tunes session. If successful it is hoped to run every 2 weeks.
NB The January-March issue of Folk In Cornwall is now available:
I’ve never been to the Wadebridge Folk Club, as I wouldn’t be able to get back from Wadebridge by public transport afterwards. However, I know lots of people will be glad to know that the club, having been unable to run during lockdown and subsequently without a venue, is now due to reopen at a new venue: specifically, the Barn at Pentireglaze Cafe, which is down a right turn (Brown signposted) off the New Polzeath Road @ PL27 6QY.
The first meeting will be on Thursday 19th Jan at 7pm. Neal Jolly tells us that there will be hot drinks available. I’m not sure if there’ll be alcohol: Neal will be checking on that. He says that “The barn also has a log burner, chairs, tables etc and a sofa (First come first settled!)”
There will be a cost (£5) to cover the hire of the building and to build a fund to be able to pay for the occasional guest performer.
While the slide player on the poster looks to be playing something like a Telecaster, the event will be purely acoustic “to encourage a listening audience, and yet offering a sort of stagey area, rather than a sing around. ”
“Spoken word performance will be very much welcome as well as singing and playing.”
More details when I have them.
In the meantime, I believe the club’s Tuesday Zoom session is continuing: details at https://www.folkincornwall.co.uk/clubdetail.php?clubname=WADEBRIDGE%20ZOOM
Here’s some information from John Tremaine about forthcoming jam sessions.
- “SUNDAY 9th OCTOBER at the New Inn, Tywardreath PL24 2QP. From 2.30pm. This will be in the garden as the previous sessions have been and will be the last outside. The landlord has indicated we may be able to arrange something inside the pub during the winter if people are interested.
Following this session there is a Ukejam the same evening at the Ship Inn Polmear – organised by Dave Quoroll – if anyone fancies staying for both.”
2. FRIDAY 14th OCTOBER at Lostwithiel Social Club in Fore Street PL22 0BL. From 8pm. We are planning to hold these once a month – on the second Friday. We will see how we go.
And finally, the October-December edition of Folk In Cornwall Magazine is now available here.
Always worth reading!
From John Tremaine/Folk In Cornwall I have news of two more acoustic jams next weekend (9th and 11th September 2022).
First, an evening session at the Lostwithiel Social Club, Fore Street PL22 0BL (I love the melodeon graphic!)
And an afternoon session on the Sunday, a little folkier, in Tywardreath (the New Inn, PL24 2QP): John says there may be another of these in October but then they’ll probably have to stop for the winter.
John Tremaine says: “The Social Club is in Fore Street, near the church, post code PL22 0BL and the session will be in a room on the ground floor, adjoining the bar. ”
I don’t often review other people’s music nowadays, but I’m always happy to make an exception for Sarah McQuaid.
SARAH MCQUAID – The St Buryan Sessions (Shovel And A Spade Records SAASCD002)
The album is released on October 15th 2021, and there’s a launch concert at St. Buryan’s church. More information on that and other tour dates can be found on her website here.