1st October – Ben Sands

Ben Sands is the guest at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 1st October and that will make good reading to his many fans and admirers. He has been a regular and very welcome visitor to the Irvine Club over the years and it’s always good to hear him again.
From Newry in County Down where he still lives, Ben was born into a family where music, singing, storytelling and wit were a cornerstone that made life a bit more bearable and sometimes memorable against the hard grind of daily life on a small farm. As a youngster, Ben tried his hand on any instrument that came his way. He now concentrates on guitar, banjo, mandolin, whistles and fiddle although on occasion he has been known to wrestle a tune from the uillean pipes!
Ben is a singer, songwriter, musician, storyteller and arranger and has charmed his way round Europe and beyond since the 1970’s and throughout that time has continued to play with The Sands Family for special concerts. He sings and writes songs about life and love and the ways of the world and his humour is never very far away.
He has five solo albums to his name, the most recent being ‘Live in Berlin’ released last year. As well as that, as part of The Sands Family, time has been found to make 17 albums !
For an evening studded with good songs and gentle humour get along to Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 1st October at Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road for 8pm to hear Ben Sands.
Finally, weekly sessions at The Ship Inn in Irvine continue on Tuesdays. They start at 8pm and singers and musicians are welcome.