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Sat 31st Aug at 8:45pm (doors 8:30pm)
@ Corn Exchange Theatre, Wallingford
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Wallingford Bunkfest: Sarah McQuaid + The Albion Band + Oysterband
Image © Phil Nicholls Photography
Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.
Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and now living in rural England, Sarah refuses to be pigeonholed, segueing easily from one of her emotive originals into a 1930s Cuban jazz number, a 16th century lute piece or an unexpected contemporary cover. Her third solo album The Plum Tree And The Rose (2012) drew critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic: “Impeccable,” wrote fRoots (UK), while Midwest Record (USA) called it “low key but glorious and incendiary” and Hot Press (Ireland) said it “should feature on many end-of-year best-ofs.”
“Likely to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.” - Aled Jones, BBC Radio 2
“A world class talent ... burns with a brilliant allure.” - Living Tradition
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Alongside Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention, The Albion Band is one of the 'Big Three' of English Folk Rock, fusing traditional British songs and tunes with contemporary instruments and sounds, and all formed by legendary band leader Ashley Hutchings.
2012 saw a complete reboot of The Albion Band, with the torch being passed to a newer generation of English folk talent. As ever, this band brings together some of the finest musicians and singers in the UK folk scene including Ashley's son Blair Dunlop, plus Gavin Davenport, Katriona Gilmore, Tom Wright, Tim Yates and Benjamin Trott.
As of January 2014, Blair Dunlop confirmed an end to ongoing work of the current line up of The Albion Band in order to focus on his rapidly developing solo career.
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Venue: Corn Exchange Theatre
OX10 0EG 51.599728, -1.124284
Enquiries: 01491 825000