Tommy Sands, one of Ireland’s most powerful songwriters and solo performers, will visit Carlow University on March 13, 2013.
Sands is a singer, songwriter, and social activist from Northern Ireland who tries to encourage peace in his native country—and throughout the world—through music.
“Tommy Sands is one of the most important songwriters in Ireland if not the rest of the world,” according to Sing Out! Magazine.
His “Arising from the Troubles” tour includes both a lecture and a concert. The lecture will be at 4 p.m. in room 107 of the A.J. Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology, and his concert will be at 7 p.m. in Kresge Theatre, located on the fifth floor of Grace Library.
“Arising from the Troubles” is also the name of Sands’ latest CD. “This collection provides a soundtrack for days of darkness, days of hope, days of weary peace: soul songs telling our troubled story with a deft eye for exact detail and pitch-perfect appreciation of political nuance,” as described by Eamonn McCann on the CD sleeve.
In addition to his songs, he will also tell stories of his first-hand experiences in this “sometimes sad, sometimes hopeful” time in Northern Ireland.
Both the lecture and concert are invitation only to the Carlow community and Carlow’s Irish community partners.