Ann Armstrong and Steve Hughes – Sunday, August 9, 2015

Ann Armstrong and Steve Hughes playing

Socializing and Light Snack Potluck (BYOB) at 2:00 p.m.

Two sets of music starting at 3:00 p.m.

Suggested artist donation $20 (all funds go to the musicians)

For an invitation to attend, please RSVP to Lee
by email at or at 312-810-3067

Ann Armstrong is right up there with the great musical exports of Texas! She plays guitar sometimes sweetly, sometimes prickly as an Ocotillo cactus, sings like a steam-powered nightingale and writes songs from a depth of experience.

“Ann Armstrong the powerful blues shouter-cum-folkie from Texas.” – Dirty Linen

“Ann Armstrong’s talents, both as a songwriter and blues performer, are deep and diverse. Armstrong’s music, whether recorded or live, is solid, sincere and roots-conscious. Her constant companion and musical partner Steve Hughes spices up the proceedings with fine harmonica and flute work. If you haven’t caught her act (check-out her blazing bottle-neck guitar work), you’re way behind the times in keeping up with the Texas blues scene.” – Austin American-Statesman

I’ve gotten to see Ann and Steve recently at Folk Alliance but they are long time favorites of Cindy’s and mine from when we lived in Dallas, TX some years ago. So it’s a great pleasure and privilege to host them for a house concert. Check them out and get in touch to be invited to the show!

Saturday, September 28, 2013: Sarah McQuaid

Sarah McQuaid - Photo by Colm Henry (

Windy City House Concerts is thrilled to present Sarah McQuaid. We had the privilege of hosting her when we lived in New Mexico and now we have to pleasure of welcoming her back to her home city of Chicago. Sarah is a consummate pro, a beautiful singer, amazing guitarist, wonderful songwriter and one of the sweetest people on the planet. Yes, she’s really that good.

Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.

Her musical output reflects her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and now lives in rural England. Refusing to be pigeonholed, she spans the genres with both her beautifully crafted originals and her interpretations of material from around the globe and down the centuries. Sarah’s third solo album The Plum Tree and the Rose has drawn critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic: “Impeccable,” wrote fRoots (UK), while Midwest Record (USA) called it “low key but glorious and incendiary” and Hot Press (Ireland) said it “should feature on many end-of-year best-ofs.”

Now living in Cornwall with her husband and their two children, Sarah currently spends six months of each year on the road in the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe and the USA, with ambitions to extend her range to Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“A great songwriter and traditional singer, and a wonderful guitarist.” — Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2, UK

“Brilliant musicianship, a warm and welcoming stage presence and a voice as rich, matured and knowing as the finest thrice-distilled Irish malt whiskey.” — Geoff Wallis, fRoots, UK

“Sparkling guitar and compelling alto voice … reminiscent of Pentangle’s best efforts.” — Tom Druckenmiller, Sing Out!, USA

“Likely to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.” — Aled Jones, BBC Radio 2, UK

“An unreserved thumbs-up. Captivating performance, great songs, playing and singing. Sarah was also totally professional, charming and low maintenance. What more could you ask for?” — Gerry Evans, TwickFolk, UK

“Pure magic!! We are running our folkclub for 16 years now but I never experienced such a thrilling interaction between artist and audience.” — Piet Snellen, De Fookhook, Netherlands

Music at 7:30 p.m. Potluck and socializing at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a dish and beverage to share. Wine or beer are welcome. Water, glasses, dishes and silver provided.

For more information and an invitation, please contact Lee by e-mail at or at 773-334-5776.

Suggested artist donation $20 (All funds go to the musician.)

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009: Randall Williams and Stryngs


Randall Williams at Cafe Veritas
Randall Williams at Cafe Veritas

Randall Williams is a polymath. He is a world traveler. A sailor. A teacher. A classically voice trained baritone. A citizen of the world. A storyteller. A friend. A guitarist (with and without capos, whole and partial). A newly settled resident of Columbus, Ohio. A writer and published author. A singer/songwriter. 

And he’s bringing us an evening of magic. Music and tales to transport us around the world, food for thought and humor, all founded on Randall’s positive energy and deep love of people. Randall has an amazing voice to listen to, smooth and full, with perfect control from his classical training. Listening to him play guitar, you will find yourself looking for the rest of the band, but your eyes will confirm that Randall is the only one playing.

But there is more to this evening!

Strings and Martin in Yosemite Park on Labor Day, 2008
Strings and Martin in Yosemite Park on Labor Day, 2008

A unique acoustic duo from the UK, Stryngs, will be opening the show. Stryngs, as a duo, is Strings singing hauntingly beautiful vocals and Martin Giles on guitar filling out the musical tapestry of their music. Stryngs sound is hard to capture in words. Lyrics like poetry seamlessly matched with rhythm and melody create a warm cocoon of sound. Listen closely – these gentle sounds are telling tales of emotion and passion, some wistful and longing but always seeking love and happiness.   

Please join us for this wonderful show! Tell all your friends, too.

Stryngs MySpace

Randall Williams
Randall Williams MySpace 

$15 artist donation 

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. 

Light refreshments provided, you are welcome to bring wine or refreshments to share. 

Reservations are required – your artist donation check for $15, payable to Lee Herman, holds your reservation. Please mail to Las Alturas House Concerts, 4055 Tamarisk Road, Las Cruces, NM 88011. 

For more information, contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at)