16th September – Tommy Sands

Tommy Sands. Just mention his name and the eyes light up of those who have heard his songs. Tommy is the very welcome guest at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 16th September. He is doing only five Scottish dates on this tour and Irvine is very fortunate to have secured one of them.
The term ‘internationally renowned’ is a term used a great deal, but it really does apply to Tommy Sands. Lines like ‘sow the seeds of justice’ from Tommy’s acclaimed song ‘Daughters and Sons’ led the late Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and Nobel Prizewinner for Literature, to write – ‘You feel you can trust the singer as well as the song’.
Born in Mayobridge in Northern Ireland, Tommy Sands is a singer, a songwriter, radio broadcaster and social activist. As part of the well-known Sands Family, he played in venues from the Carnegie Hall to Moscow’s Olympic Stadium. As a solo artist, Tommy engages audiences with his songs and stories and his charm. He weaves legend, humour and thought-provoking messages into his songs – many of his songs are about helping shape a better world. His passion is peace and he is often described as The Bard of Peace. The University of Nevada awarded him an Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding work as a musician and ambassador for peace and understanding.
Tommy is involved in peace concerts, lectures, school programmes, workshops and in all of them he shares his songs and their message of tolerance and peace. He is the man who wrote classics such as ‘The Music of Healing’, ‘The Age of Uncertainty’ and ‘Who Knows Where The Wind Blows’.
On Wednesday 16th September at the Irvine Club, Tommy will captivate the audience with his musical skills and his songs of encouragement, enlightened ideas and the joy of living. Make sure you are in the audience at Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road. The Club starts at 8pm and it’s BYOB.