Sarah McQuaid & Steve Baughman
Two highly respected guitarist-singer-songwriter/arrangers will come together for a first-time collaboration here at Dusty Strings. Sarah McQuaid and Steve Baughman are both known for their commitment to the tradition and history of Celtic music and the Appalachian music that grew out of those roots. Their music is delivered with thought, skill, and deeply musical sensibilities. Read more about Sarah and Steve below.
More information and advance tickets are available by calling Dusty Strings at 206-634-1662 or (toll free) 866-634-1662, or by coming in to the store at 3406 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle. Tickets are $21, or $10.50 for children 12 and under. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Sarah and Steve will also offer guitar workshops on Sunday, October 21, the day following their concert.
Cherished by guitarists for his haunting, profoundly musical arrangements of traditional Celtic tunes, Steve Baughman is a significant player and teacher and a versatile multi-instrumentalist. One of the world's finest fingerstyle guitar players, he's also a mean clawhammer banjo player, and a fine vocalist as well.
Steve is known for his melodic approach to fingerstyle guitar, drawing upon Celtic, Appalachian, and various ethnic and folk traditions. Preferring to make tears fall rather than jaws drop, his dynamic playing ranges from gently expressive to pyrotechnic. Steve is a pioneer of the unique clawhammer guitar technique, playing old-time fiddle tunes on guitar with an infectious groove and rhythm.
Steve has several CDs to his credit, both solo and in collaboration with others. He appeared with Pierre Bensusan, Martin Simpson, and Pat Kirtley on the Rounder Records album “Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar Vol. 1: Ramble To Cashel” (1998). He also joined Robin Bullock, another leading North American Celtic guitarist, to create the magical duo CD, “Celtic Guitar Summit”, which was named one of the top CDs of 2003 and an “Editor’s Pick” by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. See a 2010 YouTube clip of Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock performing "Dans Keff Avec", a traditional dance tune from Brittany.
Steve was also the producer (and a contributor) behind the 2007 CD “Banjo Gathering”, featuring Bruce Molsky, Mike Seeger, Cathy Fink, Brad Leftwich, and 19 other old-time banjo players on a unique double-length compilation of all-unaccompanied old-time banjo. At Steve's request, all of the players on the album donated their artist royalties to the Scholarship Fund for the Swannanoa Gathering.
You'll find Steve on the Digital Dream Door's list of the world's one hundred greatest acoustic guitar players – living and dead! He is a regular teacher at guitar camps across the country, including the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and the Swannanoa Gathering, and has toured all over the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Steve has also created numerous instructional DVDs as well as five books with Mel Bay Publications. He resides in the San Francisco Bay area.
Sarah McQuaid is a gifted and captivating performer whose warm, haunting alto is delicately cradled by her “sparkling guitar” (Sing Out!). She is both song crafter and song collector, equally at home with traditional Irish and Appalachian folk songs, Elizabethan ballads, and 1930s jazz numbers.
Her musical output is a direct and unfolding reflection of her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and currently lives in rural England. While the genre, era, and geographical location of her songs may change, at their core is a musician who has soaked it all in – and, luckily for us, is able to eloquently express the stories she’s gathered.
Sarah’s first CD, “When Two Lovers Meet” (2007) featured a focus on Irish traditional songs and instrumentals. Shortly afterward, her second album “I Won’t Go Home ’Til Morning” (2008) was celebration of old-time Appalachian folk. The pair were re-released as a double-CD set in North America in February 2010 and immediately went to No. 1 on both the album and artist Folk-DJ chart. Her latest album, “The Plum Tree and the Rose” (2012), represents a departure from Sarah’s previous albums in that nine of its thirteen tracks are originals. Although a thread of personal experience is woven into the material, Sarah truly shines as a teller of parables, writing songs that linger in the listener’s imagination.
Sarah is also the author of “The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book”, described by The Irish Times as “a godsend to aspiring traditional guitarists,” and has presented workshops on the DADGAD tuning at festivals and venues around the globe. Now living in Cornwall with her husband and their two children, Sarah currently spends six months of each year on the road in the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe and the USA, with ambitions to extend her range to Canada, Australia and New Zealand.