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Tommy Sands with Moya & Fionán Sands and Heidi Talbot

January 2010
Wed 20. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland G2 3NY
Tel 0141 353 8000 Tickets £12.50 — From 7.30 pm

Born in the North of Ireland, an area bitterly divided by opposing religious and political issues, singer-songwriter- activist Tommy Sands has spent his life using music to spread hope, healing and inspiration, as well as entertainment. Since the ’60s with his brothers and sisters in The Sands Family, as a solo performer, and most recently with his daughter and son, Tommy has been bringing traditional Irish songs and original, socially relevant material to audiences all around the world.

On his new CD ‘Let the Circle Be Wide,’ Tommy Sands continues to write and perform wise, moving, sometimes rollicking songs infused with his deep but clear-eyed love of his imperfect homeland. The CD reflects some of the changes resulting from the historic 1998 power-sharing Belfast Agreement; Sands’ spontaneous performance of his songs with a group of Catholic and Protestant school children outside those agreement negotiations was called “a defining moment in the peace process.”

With a new CD, a busy international performance schedule with Moya and Fionán, a weekly show on Irish radio, periodic tours with The Sands Family, and his involvement in social justice projects including peace concerts and educational programs in schools and prisons, Tommy Sands exemplifies the idealistic musician as a strong but gentle agent of tradition and change, a carrier of hope and solace, and a man of dreams and reality in the spirit of America’s Pete Seeger, Scotland’s Dick Gaughan and other giants of musical activism.

Tommy Sands Discography:
2009 Let The Circle Be Wide (Appleseed Recordings)
2006 To Shorten A Winter (Green Linnet)
1999 Sarajevo To Belfast with Vedran Smailovic (Appleseed Recordings)
1995 The Hearts A Wonder (Green Linnet)
1990 Beyond The Shadows (Spring Records)
1988 The Hedges Of County Down (Spring Records Cassette Only)
1987 Down By Bendy’s Lane, Irish Songs & Stories For Children (Green Linnet)
1985 Singing of The Times (Spring Records)

The Songman A Journey in Irish Music (2005)

Websites Tommy Sands  For Sands Family Go To

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