Interview – Sarah McGuinness

I recently featured Sarah McGuinness’ latest track Christmas Everyday (No More Sad Songs) in a round-up review of holiday/Christmas songs and I really liked the sentiment behind the track, so decided to have a chat with her. Find out more below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new track titled Christmas Everyday (No More Sad Songs). What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

It’s about feeling lonely at Christmas and wishing for the best possible present of all – another person, or other people. Nothing beats people, not diamonds, not all the presents in the world. I think maybe we’re rediscovering our priorities during this difficult period.

Would you ever consider doing more Christmas/holiday songs in the future? How do you celebrate the holidays?

I would if a genuine moment of inspiration struck. I think a Christmas song has to be from a genuine place.

Have you got any plans to release a full length album or an EP anytime soon?

Yes, I’m working on that now, a set of new songs and another separate album of songs from a musical I completed a while back and have been waiting to record – everything was on pause with covid.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Equal parts gruelling and deeply rewarding – always an emotional journey.

Do you plan to release any singles at any point in the near future?

I do, there’s one that’s been awaiting a recording with live musicians but at the moment it’s three steps forward, two steps back! So difficult to get the feeling right when you’re not all together in the studio, and it’s a song with a lot of soul so really needs that atmosphere to work. So it’s a bit of a dream for the time being – the moment we’re through this next phase I’ll be in the studio like a shot!

You’re based in Derry. What is the music scene like there at the moment and has it influenced you much?

I’m actually between Derry and London. The contrast really keeps you on your toes. So many wonderful musicians around it’s amazing. There’s always someone doing something beautiful and vibrant.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

Probably always and in all incarnations, Bowie.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Yes it’s put a lot on hold so I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to do other things…art for example, to stay focused and calm.

Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

Not at this moment – seems more sensible to be writing and honing but I hope very much that things will ease as we get into spring as I yearn to be performing again by next summer. Watch this space!

Any last words for the fans?

This too shall pass. And then we’ll all be together again, and the music will sound all the sweeter and the vibe be all the better for the long wait… Stay strong in the meantime.