By Arih Struger-Kalkman
“It was a big adventure,” says Beatty, fresh from touring her new record across Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg. Bandit Queen is her second solo record and marks her second time crossing the pond to Europe: “As a musician, it’s interesting to go to different places – bringing the Canadian perspective and messages and insights to Europe and bringing some European insights back to Canada – I really liked that experience.”
Although touring brings its own set of challengers and problems to be solved, Beatty also found many folks were willing to lend a hand: “people really want to help you get to your next gig and be able to play your music for the next community.”
Following the release of Black Gramophone in 2012, her new album mixes some of the old with some of the new: “this one was recorded at my house. Joe Lapinski came in with his mobile rig and ran wires in the house. He just killed it on the engineering front.”
Drawing in players from Hamilton and beyond, including Dave Clark, Justine Fischer, and Matty Simpson, the crew recorded an impressive 12 songs live-off-the-floor in only 2 days: “At the time, I was going through a transition and the house was kind of empty – I thought it might be better to fill the house up with music rather than furniture.”
The resulting album, Bandit Queen, was just released this February and Beatty “couldn’t have been more pleased. It was a big experiment but also this huge lesson in learning who I am as a musician and the kinds of messages I want to put out into this world.”
Catch Sarah Beatty’s set, accompanied by Bill Simms on upright bass, at 4:00PM on Saturday, April 29, at the Merchant Ale House.