Acoustic-based folk singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid has spent more than two decades making music, but she never appeared on my radar until the talented Brit’s fourth solo album “Walking Into White” came across my desk a few weeks back.
“The songs were all written with a very short space of time,” McQuaid recently told website The Spacelab. “I’d been touring like crazy for the previous couple of years and hadn’t had much time to sit down and finish songs, but I had a whole bunch of song ideas that I’d been jotting down, bits of lyrics and little audio memos on my phone, bits of vocal melodies and guitar twiddles.”
She’s crafted those snippets into a enjoyable album that gets a big boost from trumpet player Gareth Flowers on the title track and “The Silver Lining.” Additional highlights on the 14-track, 35-minute release are “Low Winter Sun,” “The Tide,” “Jackdaws Rising” and a cover of Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)