Singer/Songwriter Series to open on Sept. 14


Singer and songwriter Sarah McQuaid will perform a Wisconsin Singer/Songwriter concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Unitarian Church North in Mequon.

The church is at 13800 N. Port Washington Rd.

McQuaid was taught piano and guitar by her folksinging mother and remembers being inspired by meeting her distant cousin, singer/songwriter/storyteller Gamble Rogers, at her grandmother’s house in Indiana.

From the age of 12, she was embarking on tours of the U.S. and Canada with the Chicago Children’s Choir, and at 18 went to France for a year to study philosophy at the University of Strasbourg.

She moved to Ireland in 1994 and lived there for 13 years, working as a music journalist and magazine editor. In 2007, she re-released her 1997 debut solo album, “When Two Lovers Meet,” which focused on traditional Irish songs and instrumentals and launched her solo career with a performance on Irish national television.

In 2008, she released her second album, “I Won’t Go Home ’Til Morning,” which celebrated old-time Appalachian folk music. The two albums were re-released as a double-CD set in North America in 2010 and went to No. 1 on both the album and artist Folk-DJ chart.

“Crow Coyote Buffalo” was released in 2009 under the band name Mama and garnered rave reviews.

McQuaid’s third album “The Plum Tree And The Rose” featured nine tracks of original music.

Her fourth album, “Walking Into White,” was selected by FolkWords as Album of the Month and nominated for both Best Album from a Female Artist and Album of the Year.

In April 2017, McQuaid was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland.

Her fifth album “If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous” emphasizes McQuaid’s writing and delivery.

Tickets are $17 in advance or $21 at the door and $10 for students. Discounts of $1 per donated food item to a maximum $4 will be given at the door.  

Advance tickets are available at Vines to Cellar Winery  in Port Washington, The Stagecoach Inn and Grapes & Tastes, both in Cedarburg, and North Shore Bank branches in Mequon and Grafton.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and coffee, water, teas and snacks will be available for purchase.

Future concerts in the Wisconsin Singer/Songwriter Series include:
    • John Smith on Friday, Oct. 5.
    • A community sing on Saturday, Nov. 3. Also performing that night will be Craig Siemsen, Julie Thompson and Mark Dvorka.
    • Peter Mulvey and Katie Dahl Friday, Nov. 16.
    • Mustard’s Retreat on Saturday, Dec. 8.
    • Joe Jencks with Heater Styka on Saturday, Jan. 26.
    • John Mc Cutcheon on Friday, Feb. 15.
    • Christine Lavin on Saturday, March 9.
    • Ben Bedford on Saturday, March 23.
    • Jack Williams on Saturday, April 13.
    • Griffin House on Friday, May 3.

For more information, call (262) 457-4399 or visit



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