Sarah Calderwood

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I'm currently putting together a tour for the new album, so there'll be a stack of new gigs soon!

 

Sat-Sun 29-30 July

Childers Festival

Childers, Qld.
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Fri 11 August

Marcoola Market

Marcoola, Sunshine Coast, from 4:30pm

 

 

Fri 1 September

Marcoola Market

Marcoola, Sunshine Coast, from 4:30pm

 

Fri-Sun 8-10 September

Neurum Creek Festival

Neurum Bush Retreat, Qld.
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Fri-Sun 15-17 September

Nimbin Roots Festival

Nimbin, NSW.
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Fri 22 September

Marcoola Market

Marcoola, Sunshine Coast, from 4:30pm

 

 

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As Night Falls
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At the tender age of two, I'm told, I announced my ambition to become a performer by toppling a mannequin off its podium in an Adelaide department store and proceeded to take its place in a boisterous and all-too-public rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

 

Extensive practice followed; singing into maracas in my bedroom, and I grew up in a household where working out elaborate four-part harmonies during the washing-up seemed a perfectly natural way of life.

 

The flute became my instrument, and many years of study (including achieving 92% on my Grade VIII flute exam) gave me a thorough grounding in music technique. Then, during a brief stint in the musical theatre program at Conservatorium of Music in Mackay, I undertook my only formal vocal lessons, while simultaneously learning that my two left feet made me wholly unsuited to a career on Broadway.

 

And so it was that, at the age of 19, I made the defining decision of my career.

 

I ran away and joined a Celtic band.

 

The musicians in question were Sunas, the much-loved stars of Australia’s vibrant Celtic music scene. And far from stealing away me away from a mainstream musical calling, the band’s founding members Mannie, Helen and Paul not only became (and remain) my best friends, but they opened musical horizons that have continued to expand during our now fourteen year association.

 

Fourteen years. Wow. We've played over 1400 shows together, headlined national and international festivals and performed  constantly.

 

As well as fronting the band on vocals, flute and whistles, I took over the management of Sunas. Two highly successful albums and a Live in Concert DVD have followed, with the band’s second album Celtic Road (with ABC Classics) spending six weeks in the ARIA Classical/World/Jazz Top 10 (reaching #4) and receiving extensive radio play internationally. The Live DVD is still regularly shown on Foxtel.

 

My first solo ABC release, As Night Falls, debuted in the top 10 in the same chart and was one of their best selling albums of 2012.

 

To top off the year it was nominated for the 2012 Best World Music Album ARIA.

 

Since then, I've performed Australia-wide with my partner Paul in the duo TwoCrows, become an official Waterboy, debuted and recorded several songs by world-renowned lyricist Brendan Graham (You Raise me Up) with the Australian Girls' Choir, and formed a brand new American/roots/blues band called RedCrow which is releasing a brand new album soon.

 

I recently took up the ukulele, which I'm utterly in love with.

 

And I drink a lot of coffee.

...fine songs,

The Folk Rag

delivered with precise musicianship

and powerful, rich, emotive vocals...

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Sarah Calderwood (formerly TwoCrows)

Up until recently, TwoCrows was the name of my duo with Paul. We decided to switch to simply using my name so we could start bringing everything together under the one brand, rather than having so many different projects. Nothing else has changed!

 

This is the introduction from the press pack.

 

Sarah is an ARIA-nominated singer songwriter who is usually accompanied by acclaimed guitarist and author Paul Brandon. They perform their own material but have been known to occasionally wander off the path and venture a version of someone else’s song. Sarah writes about love, loss, not fitting in, vanilla cities, chocolate crushes, redemption, salvation, heartache, heartbreak, happiness and Anne Boleyn. Paul plays fat strummy guitar in odd tunings and writes books about selkies, faeries and the restless dead. Together they have toured Australia and overseas, played to audiences of 5 to 15,000, been involved in two top 10 albums and drunk more coffee than is medically advised. They have been described as passionate, enigmatic, lyrically brilliant, richly musical and slightly odd.

Orphan Girl

For the last three years I have been involved in a wonderful project called the Irish Famine Memorial. I was  honoured to have worked with internationally renowned songwriter Brendan Graham and supreme vocalists The Australian Girls Choir to record a three-track CD by the name of ‘Orphan Girl’. These songs, all of which were written by Brendan Graham, highlight the history of the arrival of over 4000 young Irish orphan girls who were sent to Australia during the height of the Great Irish Famine between 1848 and 1850. You can find the link to purchase the recording here.

 

Steve Tyson

Green Side Up: It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Steve. His latest album features some incredible songwriting, including our Pogues style duet ‘Back to the Bar'.

 

Nadia Sunde

Homespun: I was thrilled to guest on Nadia’s fantastic children’s album (better than any Wiggles product!)

 

Michael Fix

Line and Spaces: I have worked with guitar virtuoso and album producer Michael on various projects over the years, and to guest on his fourteenth album was such an honour.

 

Graeme Rodger

Dust and Leather and They Answered the Call: Graham is a stalwart and much-loved performer in the country scene, so to feature on his last two albums was lovely.

 

 

 

 

 

RedCrow

Sunas

RedCrow

My new band, and I'm terribly excited about it. After my ABC solo album, I enjoyed working with Mirko and Paul so much that we decided to record some new music away from the Celtic genre and see what happened. All the songs are original, but halfway through recorded we realised we were missing something. We knew Markus (Paul and I had just toured with him and his incredible bluegrass band, The Company) and asked him to lay down some double bass on a couple of tracks. After a couple of hours, Mirko and Paul took me aside and all but begged me to see if Markus fancied joining full-time (they were too crap to ask him themselves!). Markus jumped at the chance and now we are four. Our debut album, Burning North Sky has just returned from being mastered in LA, and we're looking at an August release, then we'll hit the festivals. Hard.

 

Here's our blurb:

 

Crushed velvet and broken glass, cigar smoke and a gathering storm. RedCrow is a band of contrary themes. Americana roots music shares a whiskey with wide ambient soundscapes; concise, lyrically rich songs swap cigarettes with longer ambling works that only end when it seems right to do so. Moonlight keys and chiming guitars, tight soul-pulsing bass and vocals like a breeze beneath your skin. This is RedCrow.

 

Visit RedCrow's Website

Pulsing guitars, drifting flutes and whistles; canny bouzouki and tasteful mandolin; a fiddle canted sly and true, and the silver velvet voice of an ARIA-nominated singer. Their passionate and lyrical stage presence is rich with original songs and tunesets that side effortlessly with reimagined contemporary and traditional work.

 

Their most recent album, ‘Celtic Road’, was released with the ABC and spent over 10 weeks in the ARIA charts, climbing to number 4, and made the ABC’s top 10 best-selling albums of the year. Songs are on rotation on radio stations nationally. The accompanying Live in Concert DVD receives regular airplay on pay TV and is part of the QANTAS and Lufthansa inflight entertainment. Sunas have collaborated with the likes of Mike Scott (the Waterboys), Shane Nicholson, accordion champion Alan Kelly (Ire) and Kevin Crawford (Lunasa), and tracks from the albums are on numerous compilation and ‘best of’ CDs. Their debut recording, ‘A Breath Away from Shadow’ was awarded four out of five stars by the Courier-Mail, and five stars by iTunes. A new Súnas album is currently underway.

 

The band has been in existence for more than a 15 years  and has established a strong presence on the Australian folk festival circuit where they have headlined the Cygnet, Tamar Valley, Jamberoo and Fleadh Ceol Festivals and were chosen to perform their own music at the ’09 Woodford Festival opening ceremony. They have also appeared numerous times at the National, Port Fairy, Snowy Mountains and Wintermoon Festivals, Fête de la Musique (which was broadcast live to France) and even played in Russia.

 

Súnas have toured folk clubs all over the UK, and were the first Australian band to perform at the Cornish Lowender Peran Festival and Dougie MacLean’s Perthshire Amber Festival, alongside the likes of Frances Black, Beoga, Julie Fowlis and Eddi Reader. They were one of four acts chosen to play the prestigious Caledonia Concert, which was broadcast by the BBC as part of the Homecoming Scotland celebrations.

 

Visit the Sunas Website here

 

 

The ARIA-nominated debut album.

 

1.   Step it out Mary

2.   Mercy Street

3.   Maid of the River

4.   The Blue Cockade

5.   Poor Wayfaring Stranger

6.   The Unquiet Grave

7.   Galileo

8.   The Demon Lover

9.   Into the West

10. Wild Mountain Thyme

11. Ae Fond Kiss

 

Sarah's stunning debut CD. Includes guest performances from Sunas, Mike Scott from the Waterboys, Shane Nicholson, The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Irish accordion maestro Alan Kelly.

 

$27.00

 

Price includes postage to anywhere in the world.

As Night Falls

 

 

The debut album from Sarah's new

Americana band, RedCrow.

 

 

1.   Boarded Up Shop

2.   As the Crow Flies

3.   Hold Me Down

4.   Fade Away

5.   I Won't Bend

6.   Make Me Cry

7.   This Song

 

 

Sarah's newest band. A mix of Americana roots, blues, world and rock. Featuring electric and acoustic gutiars, keys, banjo, double bass and vocals. Recorded in Brisbane and mixed in Los Angeles.

 

$23.00

 

Price includes postage to anywhere in the world.

Burning North Sky

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