8th Step: Tommy Sands

Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Eighth Step presents…
TOMMY SANDS – CD Release: Fair Play to You All

Ireland’s Bard of Peace
Sunday, October 20 – 7:00 pm The Addy


The gentle songs of a gentle man, ringing out above the tumult and the shouting. . . Through people like Tommy Sands, there will be an answer.  – BELFAST TELEGRAPH

Most gifted songwriter…with an ability to write on serious subjects which come across as songs rather than sermons…also well able to be extremely funny in the way he puts words together. . . – IRISH TIMES

You’d have to be some mean class of bastard to dislike this music. – HOT PRESS (Eamon McCann)

Tommy Sands, County Down singer, songwriter, radio broadcaster and social activist, in his lifetime has achieved something akin to legendary status in the U.S. and Ireland – very much deserved. It’s
our pleasure and honor to welcome him back with a beautiful new album of original songs: Fair Play To You All.

For Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday Concert at Madison Square Garden, Sands took his place alongside Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez and a host of other American folk stars singing for his longtime friend
Seeger, with whom he wrote ‘The Music of Healing” – later an anthem for the Northern Ireland Citizen’s Assembly.

Sands was born in the foothills of Ireland’s Mourne Mountains into a musical family. In the ‘60s and ‘70s he was the chief songwriter with the Sands Family, performing from Carnegie Hall to Moscow’s
Olympic Stadium, and evolving into one of the most powerful singer-songwriters and enchanting solo performers in Ireland today.

His original songs like the magnificently poignant “There were Roses,” and “Daughters and Sons” have been recorded by Joan Baez, Kathy Matthea, Dolores Keane, Sean Keane, Frank Patterson, Dick Gaughan,
The Dubliners and many others, have been translated into many languages, and are currently included in the English language syllabus in German secondary schools.

A warm and fascinating performer, his gentle voice belies his outsized musical and political influence back home and abroad. Onstage he often sings along to film footage of his native country, conjuring
Irish life sometimes bucolic and often darkly poignant.

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