Tommy Sands

Tommy Sands

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Tommy Sands, County Down's singer, songwriter and social activist has achieved something akin to legendary status in his own lifetime. His songwriting draws the admiration of Nobel Poet Laureate Seamus Heaney and father of folk music Pete Seeger.

Biography

Tommy Sands, County Down's singer, songwriter and social activist has achieved something akin to legendary status in his own lifetime. From the pioneering days with the highly influential Sands Family, sharing Irish Music from New York's Carnegie Hall to Moscow's Olympic Stadium, he has developed into one of the most powerful songwriters and enchanting solo performers in Ireland today. He enjoys celebrity status in his homeland and elsewhere, tempered by artistic integrity and the sorrow of personal tragedy in his war torn homeland.

Walking the road between Protestant and Catholic, he dreams of improving that reality. As part of the acclaimed Sands family, one of the most important traditional groups in the early years of Ireland’s folk revival, Tommy has worked to add beauty to the world and to point out where it still needs improvement.

His songwriting, which draws the admiration of Nobel Poet Laureate Seamus Heaney and father of folk music Pete Seeger, prompts Sing Out! Magazine to regard him as "the most powerful songwriter in Ireland, if not the rest of the world". His songs, like There Were Roses, and Daughters and Sons, have been recorded by Joan Baez, Kathy Matthea, Dolores Keane, The Dubliners and many others. Tommy’s songs have been translated into other languages and are currently included in the English language syllabus in German secondary schools.

Discography

Let the Circle Be Wide
Appleseed Recordings, 2008

The Songman (book)
Lilliput Press, 2005

To Shorten the Winter
An Irish Christmas with Tommy Sands
Green Linnet, 2002

Vedran Smailovic and Tommy Sands
Sarajevo to Belfast: Smailovic & Sands
Appleseed Recordings, 1999

The Heart‘s a Wonder
Green Linnet Records, 1995

Beyond the Shadows
Spring Records, 1992

Hedges of County Down
And other traditional songs
Spring Records, 1989

Down by Bendy's Lane
Irish Songs and Stories for Children
Green Linnet, 1987

Singing of the Times
Green Linnet, 1985

Set List

Varies: normal is two-45 minute sets with a 15 minute intermission.