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Sarah McQuaid Sarah McQuaid
Album: If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 12

Sarah McQuaid, born in Madrid, raised in Chicago, but more recently residing in Cornwall, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. She currently has four solo albums; When Two Lovers Meet, I Won't Go Home 'Til Morning, The Plum Tree And The Rose and Walking Into White. Her recently released fifth album, the intriguingly named album "If We Dig Deeper It Could Get Dangerous" was produced by folk legend Michael Chapman. I know it is still January, but I feel strongly that this may already be a contender for best album title of the year! Perhaps the most fascinating element is that it was released on her own record label, called Shovel And A Spade Records.

If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous features Chapman among other noted musicians (Roger Luxton on drums and percussion, Samuel Hollis on upright and electric bass, Richard Evans on trumpet, Georgia Ellery on violin and Joe Pritchard on cello), all offering their rather exquisite musical talents to accompany Sarah's voice on this record. A voice which, in terms of style and delivery, often reminds me of Julia Fordham. No small compliment. One song on the CD is even recorded as an a Capella version; a grave choice and a skill which I have always believed makes the real singers stand out from the crowd.

The song's subjects range from love, tin mining and fracking (the title suddenly makes sense) to hymns and new beginnings; very eclectic, yet somehow incredibly coherent. All held together with tight musicianship and a vocal which really takes hold of the listener, this is a CD which deserves to be heard. More than once.

Helen Mitchell