We caught up with Tommy Sands, world-renowned singer/songwriter and social activist from County Down, at the 2009 Milwaukee Irish Fest and asked him about his musical influences, his new book The Songman: A Journey in Irish Music, and how he views the changes that have taken place in the last few decades in Northern Ireland.
If Tommy Sands’ name does not, at first, seem familiar to you, you may well be familiar with some of the songs he has written. Many of you will have heard “Sons and Daughters” or “There Were Roses,” arguably his most widely-circulated songs. But the collection of songs in his discography is much broader than just songs about the Troubles.
Tommy is currently touring with his daughter, Moya, and his son, Fionan, and they recently released a CD titled “Let the Circle Be Wide.” We encourage you to visit their website at www.tommysands.com and learn more about Tommy and some of his current projects, both here in the United States and in Northern Ireland. More information about Tommy, Moya and Fionan may also be found at the Ixtlan Artist’s Group website, www.ixtlanartists.com