Sarah McQuaid

is creating music, words and images




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I’ve been a full time musician for well over a decade. I’ve made five critically lauded solo albums, all of which you can stream in their entirety on my website (where you’ll also find videos, press reviews, biography etc.), I’ve been given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival, and I typically play 100-plus shows a year in the UK, USA, Ireland and Continental Europe. But I was already struggling financially even before COVID-19 hit, and now I’m feeling blindsided.

I do have a bunch of projects that I could be working on while I’m off the road, including a recording/video project that’s already in the works — see my  St Buryan Sessions FundRazr page for more info about that. I’d also like to write some new songs and maybe put them out as a series of EPs; to write the long-promised sequel to my DADGAD guitar book, and/or a Sarah McQuaid songbook; to do more drawing, and possibly create animated or semi-animated lyric videos of songs from my last album.

But it’s hard to stay creative and focused when you’re panicking about paying the bills, and that’s where Patreon comes in. I’m hoping that by giving me a bit of financial stability in the form of a steady monthly income that I can count on, this lifeline of a platform will enable me to continue doing what I do best. At the same time, it’ll help me to stay connected with committed supporters who love my work and want to see and hear more of it, and that’ll be an even stronger incentive for me to keep creating. Your encouragement and feedback will be just as much of a help to me as your cash! 

You might be struggling as much as or more than I am, or you might have already committed everything you can spare to other artists or to charities that are saving lives. But if you do feel able to give as little as £1 a month (or more if you can manage it), even if it’s only for a few months, I would be infinitely grateful.

I can’t make big promises about what you’ll get in return for your support. At the beginning it might just be random pictures and thoughts and progress updates. Songwriting is a slow process for me: it can take a year or more from jotting down or recording an initial idea to fleshing it out into a finished song. And I do want to start generating some home-based video content, but it’ll take me a while.

What I can promise is that I’ll do my level best to get any content I can come up with — writings, drawings, photos, thoughts, audio, video — up here as quickly as I can, plus special discount deals and one-off merch items, exclusively for all Patreon supporters, whether they’re giving £1 a month or £1,000 a month or anything in between.

So ... if you can make a pledge to my Patreon campaign, that would be amazing. If you can’t, I do understand. I hope we can meet down the road in happier times for all of us.

With love,

Sarah McQuaid

Thanks so much to Devon-based photographer Alastair Bruce for the banner photo above, which he took in my garden way back in 2007 — the year I gave up my day job, became a full-time musician and moved to Cornwall. The profile photo is a still from the video of my song “The Tug Of The Moon” by Mawgan Lewis.
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