Fiddlers Crossing is dedicated to bringing Tehachapi some of the best acoustic musicians performing today on the world stage. On Tuesday, October 16, there will be a case in point when singer-songwriter Sarah McQuaid appears there in concert. With roots in Europe and America, McQuaid is equally at home singing Irish, Appalachian and Elizabethan ballads, and even 1930s jazz songs. She accompanies her lovely alto voice with what has been called her “sparkling guitar,” often in the alternate Celtic tuning known as DADGAD.
Most of all, Sarah McQuaid is a storyteller, whether singing traditional ballads or her own parables, her subjects cover the range of human history and emotions. She sings about Bess of Hardwick, a remarkable 16th century English businesswoman. She sings about love, from a tender love letter from mother to daughter, to an old-fashioned Cole Porter-style “first kiss” love song. In other pieces, she moves to spiritual questioning and ponders the relationship of soul and place.
Fiddlers Crossing doesn’t usually hold concerts on weeknights, but McQuaid is rarely in the neighborhood, or even in this country. She was born in Spain but raised in Chicago by her Spanish father and American mother. She holds dual US and Irish citizenship and currently lives in rural Cornwall, England, with her husband and two children. McQuaid tours about six months of each year in Europe and the US, but plans to add Canada, Australia and New Zealand to her future itineraries.
So the rare Tuesday night concert at Fiddlers Crossing is a rare opportunity to experience one of the brightest stars on the acoustic-folk-Celtic world stage today.
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, at The Apple Shed, or with a credit card by calling 661-823-9994. Tickets to the concert are $15, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30p.m.