Sarah McQuaid Spring Tour in Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, UK & Ireland

Spain-born, American-raised and Cornwall-based
singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid is heading out on the road again for a
48-show tour beginning in the Netherlands on 27 February and finishing
at the Acoustic Festival of Britain the last weekend in May. The tour
takes her through five different countries – something that may become
considerably more difficult for Sarah and her fellow musicians from next
year onward.

no idea what’s going to happen as regards carnets and import duty and
so on,” says Sarah, “but I have to say I’m really scared. I looked up
the website page on travelling to the
EU after 1 January 2021, and followed the link there to how to apply
for a carnet, and I was horrified to see that in addition to the
£300-plus cost of the carnet itself, you also have to put up a security
deposit of 40% of the value of all the gear you’re bringing with you. I
wouldn’t even be able to come up with 40% of the value of my acoustic
guitar, let alone the rest of the kit I tour with!

desperately hoping that the Musicians’ Union is successful in their
campaign for an affordable ‘Musicians’ Passport’ touring visa that
covers crew and equipment and eliminates the need for carnets.

lucky in that I’m an Irish citizen, so I’ll still theoretically be able
to work in Europe, but the whole carnet business is terrifying, not to
mention the possibility of import duty on CDs and any other merch,
T-shirts and so on, which is a big part of what makes a tour financially

the worst of it is that there’s absolutely no way of knowing at this
point what the reality of the situation is going to be, and meanwhile
I’m already having to make commitments for tour dates next year, even
though I’m totally clueless as to what hoops I’ll have to jump through
in order to be able to fulfil those commitments.

in the meantime I’m very glad to be heading out on this year’s tour,
and I’m determined to make the most of it! And I do hope that anyone
who’s listening supports the MU’s campaign. It’s so important for
small-scale, grassroots acts like myself to continue to be able to tour
in Europe, and ditto for European acts who tour over here — the UK music
scene would be so much the poorer without them.”

For more info on the MU’s campaign and to sign the petition for a Musician’s Passport, click here:

award-winning musicianship, distinctive chocolatey vocals and mastery
of the songwriting craft have led reviewers to describe Sarah as a
“triple threat”. Add to that a warm, charismatic stage presence, five
critically acclaimed solo albums and a battery of instruments including
acoustic and electric guitars, drum and piano — and you’ve got a
one-woman powerhouse who defies categorisation because there simply
isn’t anyone else out there quite like her.

Produced by guitar legend Michael Chapman, Sarah’s fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous is distributed worldwide by Proper on LP as well as CD, and has received rave reviews worldwide: Dutch music magazine Heaven hailed it as “an early contender for folk album of 2018,” the UK’s fRoots said it was “a collection to savour” and the USA’s PopMatters called it “a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.”

Tour dates are as follows (see for details of addresses, times, ticket prices etc):


8 Mar   Nürnberg: Noris Folkclub

10 Mar Bad Elster: König Albert Theater – Theatercafe


12 Mar Aabenraa (Felsted): Kultur på Damms Gård


13 Mar Berlin-Pankow: Zimmer 16

14 Mar Braunschweig: Roter Saal im Schloss

18 Mar Zwickau: Il Tavolino

19 Mar Eisenach: Gasthof Am Storchenturm

20 Mar Katlenburg-Lindau: Dorfladen Wachenhausen

21 Mar Hof: Folkclub Isaar

22 Mar Gundelfingen an der Donau: Kulturgewächshaus Birkenried

23 Mar Wiesbaden: Der Weinländer

25 Mar Meppen: Cafe Koppelschleuse

27 Mar Bochum: Bochumer Kulturrat

28 Mar Erkelenz: Acoustic Night, Leonhardtskapelle


29 Mar Onstwedde: Esway Atelier Concerten


15 Apr  Worcester Live at Huntington Hall

16 Apr  Ashburton LIVE at Ashburton Arts Centre

17 Apr  Winterslow Village Hall

18 Apr  Bordon: Phoenix Arts Centre

19 Apr  Stafford Gatehouse Theatre – MET Studio


23 Apr  Limerick: Irish World Music Academy @ University of Limerick

24 Apr  Waterville: Tech Amergin Community Arts & Education Centre

25 Apr  Manorhamilton: The Glens Centre

28 Apr  Belfast: The American Bar

1 May   Newtownards: Ards Arts Centre

2 May   Portstewart: Flowerfield Arts Centre

4 May   Rostrevor Folk Club at Crawford’s

7 May   Monaghan: The Market House

9 May   Howth: The Oar House (plus workshop)


11 MayStirling Folk Club

12 MayGlasgow: Live At The Star

14 MayCrail Folk Club

15 MayGlenbuchat Hall (plus workshop)

16 MayGrantown Museum

17 MayDrumnadrochit: Craigmonie Centre

21 MayMalton: The Milton Rooms

22 MaySnailbeach Village Hall 

23 MaySouthwell: The HopBarn

28 MayRossendale: Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

29-30 May Uttoxeter: Acoustic Festival of Britain

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