Photo by Colm Henry (www.colmhenry.ie).
Sarah - surely the UK's hardest-gigging folkie - seems to spend most of her life on the road, and she's just about to embark on the next leg of her tour, with dates in the UK and the USA (see below for details).
This year she has already played shows in Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany, as well as in Britain, and there seems to have hardly been a week over the past few years when she hasn't been performing somewhere.
Her Autumn 2013 tour sees her playing live at a string of gigs that take her from the south coast of England up to the Hebridean island of Colonsay, via Olympia in London, and then off to the USA before returning in November for more UK dates.
Her musical output reflects her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and now lives in rural England.
Refusing to be pigeonholed, she spans the genres with both her beautifully crafted originals and her interpretations of material from around the globe and down the centuries.
We asked Sarah a few questions.
Q: How long have you been working as a touring musician, and how did you get started?
Q: How do you get so many gigs when so many artists complain that they struggle for bookings?I'm very lucky in that I was able to get quite a bit of live video footage very early on in my career, so I was able to send YouTube video links to venues and they'd decide to book me based on that. There are loads of artists who can record beautiful CDs but aren't very strong live performers, and I think venues have cottoned on to that, so they're understandably reluctant to book anybody they haven't seen perform live.
Q: What have been some of the more unusual places you've played?
Q: You (hopefully!) enjoy touring, so how do you keep yourself sane when you're on the road and away from home so much?
Sarah has long been a friend of FolkCast. You can hear Sarah's music in these editions of the podcast:
FolkCast 075 - The Summer Sizzler - August 2012
FolkCast 024 - December 2007