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Plum Tree and the Rose
     

The Plum Tree and the Rose

by Sarah McQuaid
 
The word timeless is often bandied about when critics discuss folksingers, but it's actually an apt description for Sarah McQuaid's vocals and compositional style. She's traveled the world since she was a child, singing folk songs and soaking up folk culture. She lived in Ireland for 13 years and currently resides in England and sounds more like a British folkie than

Overview

The word timeless is often bandied about when critics discuss folksingers, but it's actually an apt description for Sarah McQuaid's vocals and compositional style. She's traveled the world since she was a child, singing folk songs and soaking up folk culture. She lived in Ireland for 13 years and currently resides in England and sounds more like a British folkie than an American singer/songwriter. "The Sun Goes on Rising" sounds ancient, but it addresses the current economic downturn and although it says "things will get better," its bluesy tone and McQuaid's desolate vocal imply otherwise. McQuaid's crystalline picking and Rod McVey's piano grace "So Much Rain," a song of lost love with a folk/jazz feel. "Lift You Up and Let You Fly" is the prayer of a mother for her young child and it balances delicately on the cusp of overprotection and empowerment. McQuaid's vocal is full of the tremulous emotion every parent feels. The album includes several tasty covers as well. "Solid Air," a tune John Martyn wrote as a remembrance for Nick Drake, is as soulful and somber as Drake's music. McQuaid's vocal and Bill Blackmore's trumpet imbue the track with unbearable melancholy. "S'Anc Fuy Belha Ni Prezada" is a French troubadour song from the 1200s with a meandering melody that's perfect for showing off McQuaid's music and emotional range. John Dowland's 1603 hit "Can She Excuse My Wrongs" features some McQuaid's impressive Elizabethan-style picking and "New Oysters New," from 1609, sounds like a wandering street vendor's commercial for fresh shellfish.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2012
Label:
Waterbug Records
UPC:
0753114010426
catalogNumber:
104
Rank:
122362

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Performance Credits

Sarah McQuaid   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Shruti Box
Niamh Parsons   Vocals
Tom Barry   Vocals
Máire Breatnach   Fiddle
Liam Bradley   Percussion
Noel Eccles   Percussion
Trevor Hutchinson   Double Bass
Gerry O'Beirne   Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,tiple
Rod McVey   Keyboards
Bill Blackmore   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rosie Shipley   Fiddle
Emer Ní Bhrádaigh   Vocals
Francis Hutchinson   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Dowland   Composer
Thomas Ravenscroft   Composer
John Martyn   Composer
Trevor Hutchinson   Engineer
Gerry O'Beirne   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Sarah McQuaid   Arranger,Composer
Cadenet   Composer
Mary Guinan   Cover Art

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