P R E S S / R E V I E W S
"What draws one in immediately when Sarah McInnis is one stage is the soaring voice, clear voice and self-assured presence. What holds your attention is not only her great musicianship, but the songs that she writes, delivered with sincerity and confidence. She was a great addition at the 2017 Deep Roots Music Festival and I would highly recommend her for your festival or concert series".
Dave Carmichael, Program Director
Deep Roots Music Festival
"Last night's performance was most enjoyable. Sarah has a very comfortable style. Her inviting dialogue between songs draws one in as well as giving us an inside look at her feelings. Her diction was excellent in the sense we could understand each word. Something missing in so much of today’s music, at least for my ears. She is to be commended for her comfortable relationship with the audience, something that comes with maturity and confidence in one’s performance".
Mike Stedman, audience member
The Lakefield Curling Club
"It's remarkable when a musician appears on your radar, seemingly out
of the blue, with an impressive batch of original songs, and the voice and
instrumental skill to put them across. And it's extraordinary when an artist
like that continues to get better and better, every time you're lucky enough
to hear them play. Sarah McInnis is one of those artists".
Jeffrey Dreves, booking
The Union Street Cafe
Review: Like Coming Home
"Yeah, that’s what I feel like, right now: Like Coming Home. Kimberly Matheson, instigator, dropped by with a Rolled Oat lunch and a pre-release mix of the new Ruby-Throated Records album by Sarah McInnis, Kimberly Matheson, Ellen Torrie, and Rebecca Fairless.
I just finished my first listen. Wow. Storytellers. Singers. Harmonizers. Musicians. Professionals. I can’t wait to see them at the Al Whittle Theatre on May 12 (8pm). I’m now going to listen to it a few more times, then maybe write some impartial things…Forget impartial. I’m not. I just got me my new favourite CD. Impeccable production, an award-winning band for support, and harmonies to warm your heart. Yes, it’s one of those musical experiences that every human being deserves. The most striking thing about this CD is the songwriting. The poetry affects me while I’m certain that I don’t truly understand the meaning. I feel very “private” about this record and my emotional responses preclude any conscious analysis. These singers are connected to the melodies, the words, and the rhythm as much as they are connected to their environment, their fellow humans, and the health of their community. No surprise, really. Three of these four musicians have, or will have, music therapy degrees from Acadia. And they all have been immersed in the musical therapy called “Wolfville.”
It’s kind of funny to come back to the Valley after months abroad and find an album like this, a beautiful reflection of my hometown. This is the third in a series of Ruby-Throated Records releases which showcase local, original talent. This one is slightly different from Let the Good News Ring and This Place because there are only four songwriters involved, and they each contributed three songs to the project. Their mutual support on each other’s songs gives the whole thing a special oneness. Like a songwriter’s circle, full of magic. An event. An experience. Tell ya the truth: I’m kind of speechless. And why not. This brand new record speaks for itself better than I could. You’ll just have to give it a spin. I promise it’s worth it. And don’t forget to buy a ticket for the release concert!"
The Grapevine: Arts, Culture, Community
Andy Flinn, 2018
"Sarah McInnis is a songwriter who needs to be seen. A strong female voice with songwriting rooted all over our Canadian soil. If you're looking to discover a new favourite songwriter gem, look no further".
Craig Cardiff, Juno-nominated singer/songwriter 2017
"Sarah McInnis along with Jesse Carlson (Dobro & Guitar) and Peter Williams (Upright Bass) played to a packed house at the Acadia University Club House Concert Series. Sarah was our first performer in what we hope is going to be a long running house concert series. The performance was captivating and the intimate setting worked very well with Sarah’s deeply personal songs and authentic roots-based delivery".
Acadia University Club
Ian Spooner, 2017