MONDAY OCTOBER 5th 2015 sees the return of a great artist to the club. BEN SANDS who hails
from Northern Ireland -singer/songwriter/musician/
storyteller - all in one lovely character.
Ben Sands lives in Newry, County Down, close to the mountains and the
sea and not far from the small farm where he and his six siblings grew
up in the 1950s and 1960s.
He sings songs - mostly his own. He
writes songs - about life and love and the ways of the world. Some are
whimsical, some are sad and some are very humorous indeed. In between
he tells stories, some of which are true!
He plays quite a few
instruments as well - guitar, banjo, mandolin, whistles, keyboards, and
fiddle - he has even been known to wrestle a tune from the uilleann
Ben has been touring and recording with his sister Anne and brothers Tommy and Colum since the late 1960s.
“The Sands Family”
have recently released their 17th album - "Home for Christmas" and a
splendid "live in concert" DVD . They have made countless television
appearances; performed extensively in Ireland, UK, Europe, Canada and
USA (including Carnegie Hall); shared microphones with such folk
luminaries as Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Harry Belafonte and
Arlo Guthrie ….....
These days the members of the “Family” still
greatly enjoy getting together for special tours and festival
appearances but are more likely to be found scattered far and wide,
pursuing very successful solo careers.
Ben writes and performs with a natural ease and his songs are finding their way into many repertoires and recording studios.
date, Ben has released five solo albums, including the highly acclaimed
“Take My Love WIth You”, (Spring Records, 2010) - its title track was
written for and sung to his daughter Kellie on her wedding day.
Ben's most recent album, "Live in Berlin" was recorded at a concert there in March 2013.