Sarah McQuaid and Ellis Paul at ACMA listening room in October

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The Americana Community Music Association presents Sarah McQuaid on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at their listening room in Fort Myers.
“One of the most instantly recognizable voices in current music … Shades of Joni Mitchell in a jam with Karen Carpenter and Lana Del Rey,” according to Trust The Doc.
Sarah McQuaid’s lush, chocolatey voice combines with her endearing personality, “subtle mastery onstage” (Huffington Post) and “brilliant musicianship” (fRoots) on acoustic and electric guitars, piano and (occasionally) drum to create a truly immersive experience.
Born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holding dual Irish and American citizenship and now settled in rural England, she brings the eclecticism of her background to her “captivating, unorthodox songwriting” (PopMatters) and choice of material, spanning genres and defying categorization.
All this is abundantly demonstrated by her new live album and video series The St Buryan Sessions — but needs to be savored in person to be fully appreciated.
Opening Sarah’s show will be ACMA member Bill Veach, a gifted local songwriter and storyteller. Suggested donation for this show is $15 for members and $20 for non members.
The ACMA Acoustic Americana Series wraps up 2023 season with the 2PM band on Oct. 17 at Tribby Arts Center. Tickets are $25 for this show and available at www.tribbyartscenter.org

Ellis Paul

Ellis Paul will bring his 30th anniversary tour to the ACMA stage on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. His special guest will be Darryl Purpose.
Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer-songwriters. Though some may refer to him as a folk singer, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love, intimate, passionate and enduring.
Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.
Darryl Purpose is a tremendous songwriter with a long history of shows across the US.
Opening the show is local ACMA treasurer, member and singer-songwriter Gene Martin.
Door donations are $15 for members and $20 for general public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The ACMA listening room is located at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.
For more details and ACMA schedules, visit online at www.americanacma.org or follow them on Facebook

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