Sarah Watson recently returned to writing and performing after 20 years of stage fright. Sarah’s country/folk songs reflect the everyday experiences of being a mother, partner and older woman – they are honest, uncomplicated, heartfelt. Over the past year or so Sarah’s performed widely at venues she’s always loved as an audience member – The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge, The Bridgewater Hall Cafe and The Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax. She’s supported and played alongside musicians such as Lucy Ward, Chris Wood, Horse MacDonald and Martin Carr.
I’ve been overwhelmed by the bucket list of experiences I’ve had – and now this! As a working mother, I struggle to make time to write and perform. Typically, my songwriting happens in short snatches of time between teaching (I’m an instrumental music teacher) and looking after my young children. The Beth Orton Residency will give me the opportunity to not only work with a musician who I admire and respect, but also time and space to focus on my songwriting. Having the chance to work with others will inspire and challenge me as a musician, as well as encourage me to reflect on how I approach composition and lyric writing. This residency will give me the much-needed drive and confidence to keep writing and not let life and the logistics or being a 40-something working mother get in the way.