Sarah Hayes

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  • Sarah Hayes

    This show was on Jun 4th, 2014 | 16 people watched
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    • Jun 4
      Sarah's performance was great. SOund quality was really good. I love having the opportunity to see these brief live shows. The signal winked out a couple of times. I have pretty good internet bandwidth but somewhere between here and Airlie St the signal was lost a couple times. No worries. 30 mins is too short. 40 or 45 would be better.
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Bio

Singer and flautist Sarah Hayes is one versatile and busy musician. Her crystalline vocals, dextrous instrumental skills and creative melodic approach help define the sound of Glasgow indie-pop favourites Admiral Fallow. With two critically acclaimed albums to their name, a signing with Vancouver-based label Nettwerk, and tour success throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, they have firmly... more

Singer and flautist Sarah Hayes is one versatile and busy musician. Her crystalline vocals, dextrous instrumental skills and creative melodic approach help define the sound of Glasgow indie-pop favourites Admiral Fallow. With two critically acclaimed albums to their name, a signing with Vancouver-based label Nettwerk, and tour success throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, they have firmly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

Much like the band itself, Sarah is a rare constellation of musical influences. She has a Masters in Music Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she is an occasional guest tutor. She performs in classical chamber ensembles Flutes en Route and Northern Lights Wind Quintet, and delivers community workshops for the Live Music Now scheme.

But it’s in her childhood Northumberland that Sarah’s vocal poise and clarity, and nimble, inventive flute and whistle playing find their earthiest musical element. It’s a centuries-old folk tradition she’s exploring in her own distinctive way, drawing on her myriad skills and influences.

“I feel very lucky to perform in all these different musical worlds”, says Sarah. “Playing on big stages in a pop band with the crowd singing along is such an amazing feeling. And my classical experience has given me a work ethic and an attention to detail I never previously explored. But with trad music I feel most at ease; it’s a part of me. I continue to be inspired by the place I grew up, and have learned and absorbed a huge amount since living in Glasgow for the past seven years.”

Whether she’s singing – beguilingly – entirely unaccompanied, creating piano arrangements to support these timeless stories, or penning striking original tunes, Sarah’s innate musical integrity shines through.

No surprise then to learn that in her teens she was a finalist in BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Award no less than three times. And she’s recorded as a featured guest with multi-instrumentalist Ian Stephenson and songwriter Karine Polwart.

With her debut EP, Mainspring, Sarah returns to her roots with four tracks of traditional and contemporary material. There’s the warmth of Cape Breton favourite ‘When First I Came to Caledonia’, intuitive duo playing with accordionist Hannah James, an original setting of a 19th century Northumbrian poem, and three virtuosic, vibrant jigs.

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