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SARAH MCQUAID’s fifth album released on 2 February.

Date posted: January 10, 2018

UK-based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid releases her fifth solo album, If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous, on Friday 2nd February 2018. Produced by guitar icon Michael Chapman, the album is distributed worldwide by Proper on LP (heavyweight vinyl in gatefold sleeve) as well as CD, and is being promoted with 2018 tours in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany and the USA.

A video of the first single from the new album, “The Tug of the Moon”, filmed and directed by Mawgan Lewis of Cornwall-based Purple Knif Productions, is available on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=4Ye0XnQvh50&list=PLF6332BDC9375674E

Lewis is currently at work on a documentary video about the album, featuring recording studio footage and interviews with both Chapman and McQuaid, to be released later this month.

Produced by legendary singer-songwriter and guitar sage Michael Chapman, If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous is the fifth solo album by UK-based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid.

The propulsive, apocalyptic title track was inspired by a warning McQuaid heard herself giving her son as he excavated an enormous hole in their back garden. There’s an obvious allusion to fracking (“Splitting cracks in the rock to free the power inside”), but the song’s thematic scope extends well beyond that: “Sometimes the way to fix a problem is to turn the pressure off” is a maxim that could apply to virtually any aspect of life.

On four of the tracks, including lead single “The Tug Of The Moon”, McQuaid plays an electric guitar belonging to Chapman, which he’s since given her on long-term loan. “The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved,” he writes in his introduction to the album booklet.

Since meeting Sarah when both artists played the Village Pump Festival in 2014, Chapman has become a staunch friend and supporter, even performing as her opening act at a local concert he and his wife arranged for her. Sarah became a regular visitor to the Chapmans’ farmhouse in Cumbria, and during one visit he made her an offer she couldn’t refuse: “We were having a chat and a glass of wine, and he said ‘Why don’t you let me produce your next album?’,” Sarah recalls. “I’m glad he said it, because I’d never have dared ask otherwise!”

Another new addition is piano, which McQuaid plays to beautiful effect on “The Silence Above Us”. Guest musicians include Chapman on archtop electric guitar, 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.

If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous was made possible thanks to financial support from Arts Council England Grants For The Arts, using public money from the Government and the National Lottery, and from Cultivator, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.

The album will be launched with a concert at the Acorn arts centre in Sarah’s adopted home town of Penzance on Thursday, 25 January, following which she’ll be touring it extensively in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany and the USA.

www.sarahmcquaid.com