Tommy Sands’ reputation as a folk performer of Ireland’s greatest musical traditions is never clearer than with his Irish Band. This ensemble takes the spirit of Tommy Sands’ solo work and adds to it a fuller and even more dynamic sound.
Along with Sands’ standard fare of original folk songs and traditional classics, the Irish Band also offers a wider array of instrumental tunes. As Sands himself says, he dips into “the same well with a different bucket.”
Featuring Moya and Fionán Sands, and accomplished uilleann pipe player Bruce Foley, Tommy‘s quartet will have you unabashedly singing and clapping along to the music’s natural energy and liveliness. For larger halls, the quartet becomes quintet with British Accordion Champion, Emma Culbert on accordion and piano. It’s a band to take you through the Irishman’s musical mores.
With the true flavor and warmth of a stomping Irish gathering, the Irish Band recalls crackling firesides, down home songs that have been passed on through generations, and a warm belly full of Irish whiskey. Tommy Sands' acclaimed contemporary songs combine with a hefty helping of Irish tradition, and when played live with daughter Moya and son Fionan, give the Irish Band's larger audiences a sense of family and connection.