Twirl Radio #815 – Sarah McQuaid

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly two hour radio program which features the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch Twirl live each Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, and archived right here, as well as at If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!

Artist | Track | Album
Tommy Sistak | You Can’t Change Me | Ready Set A Go-Go
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Birdie Jones | I Hope It Makes You Mad | In My Single
Anton Barbeau | Creepy Tray | Natural Causes
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Cirrone | All I Know | Uplands Park Road

Sarah McQuaid interview
Sarah McQuaid | If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous | If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous
Sarah McQuaid | The Tug Of The Moon | If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous

Googen | Never Wanna Lose That Thing | The Fowl Tone Sampler
The Feelies | Gone Gone Gone | In Between
Piramid Scheme | No More, Anymore | Get Rick Quick Too
Spygenius | Get Over Yourself | Pacéphale
Lannie Flowers | I’ve Been Waiting | Altered Sweet: A Tribute To Matthew Sweet
Sal Valentino | Lovin’ Fallin’ | Dreamin’ Man
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Going Back To Work Tomorrow | Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1
The Bye Bye Blackbirds | Duet | Take Out The Poison
Skip Heller & Spike Sikes | Algiers Ferry Blues | Sacramento
Duncan Faure | Ball & Chain | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Gene Loves Jezebel | Charmed Life (Never Give In) | Dance Underwater
The Bottle Kids | Let Me In On This Action | Let Me In On This Action
Heiskell | Hurtin’ On You | Emotional Terrorism


Sarah McQuaid is a legendary folk guitarist, singer, and songwriter. She’s known for all of those things–but to add to that–she’s a big proponent of the DADGAD guitar tuning (my musician friends should know what that is). She wrote the book on DADGAD. Literally–she did write a book about it! She’s about to release her latest album in the US, “If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous” (it’s been out for a few weeks in the UK), which was produced by the legendary guitarist Michael Chapman. And he asked if he could produce Sarah’s record–so when a guy like that wants to work with an artist–you know she’s something special.

We also received a very special album at the Twirl main offices this week. It’s the long-awaited Fowl Tone Records sampler disc. It features tracks from many of the Fowl Tone artists, and shows the breadth and depth of their musical stable. We played a couple of tracks on today’s show, and will feature more in the weeks to come. Go get this one, and make sure you get the CD, so you can get the informative liner notes:


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