Added on Thursday 10 Mar 2011
Renowned for her warm, engaging stage presence, Sarah McQuaid is a versatile and beguiling performer. In addition to her own elegantly crafted originals, she interprets traditional Irish and Appalachian folk songs, Elizabethan ballads, 1930s jazz numbers, surprise covers and lively guitar instrumentals with panache and poignancy.
Anarkali are Johnny Canning (Fiddle/flute/whistle) Sarah Parker (boss, fiddle, vocals, time keeper, organiser) Martin Hunter (Button Box, whistle) Peter Webster (guitar/flute/vocals) and Danny Boyle (Flute, whistle, vocals) and hail from Glasgow's Irish Diaspora and the rough and ready Scottish highlands. Steeped in Irish/Scottish traditional music with a traditional Indian name, Anarkali, are your usual eclectic mix. The band were born out of the vibrant Glasgow music scene and named after the Indian social centre/restaurant in Glasgow's Govanhill.
Eddie has not only a fine reputation as a great interpreter of ragtime and blues, but also for his own material. Fraser is synonymous with diatonic harmonic playing of the highest quality.
Janet has worked on the folk scene professionally for more than 20 years, starting in Edinburgh pubs, in 1980/81, and has experience of folk clubs, arts centres, concert halls, church halls and village halls of all sorts and sizes in the UK, Europe, and the USA. She first made a name for herself on the folk circuit in the '80's as a young singer songwriter writing with hard-edged humour about issues affecting women. Her "Secretary's Song" was the most requested song on "Folk on 2" in 1987/8, and "Breastfeeding Baby in the Park" has been taken up by the pro-breastfeeding lobby nationally and internationally. Her work on Scottish traditional material with Scottish singer Christine Kydd has received huge critical acclaim.