Canadian musician aims to connect with Ettrickbridge

Sarah McClurg will be at Ettrickbridge village hall on February 19
Sarah McClurg will be at Ettrickbridge village hall on February 19

ETTRICKBRIDGE village hall welcomes Canadian Sarah McClurg and band Silver Creek next month.

Best known for her powerful vocals, Sarah was raised on Bob Dylan, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash.

“We always had music in our house. My father would play old 45s and make us study the lyrics, and teach the real meanings of the songs,” said Sarah.

“I knew from an early age I wanted to be a singer, an entertainer, I feel like every time I open my mouth and sing it’s an opportunity to be heard, to connect with people.

I decided to record this CD [debut album Tennessee Rain] because I had many original songs and wanted to take my singing to the next level.”

The album was put together in Nashville two years ago with producer Danny White at Music City’s famous Music Row.

It features performances from some of Nashville’s finest pickers and players, and was described as “fast paced, and has a definite country/rock edge to it” by Celtic Music Radio DJ Stuart Fenwick.

Radio Forth DJ Dick Barrie said: “I’ve been enjoying Sarah’s CD in my car all week, I’d put her somewhere in the Jo Dee Messina/Taylor Swift/Carrie Underwood bag.”

Her Ettrickbridge date is part of Sarah’s first tour of the UK.

Fellow Canadians, five-piece country rockers Silver Creek, will provide the musical backdrop to Sarah’s performance, after opening the show with a selection of their own material.

Tickets for the February 19 gig are £8 and it starts at 8pm. Phone 01750 62226 to book.