A new album release from Tommy Sands is always a special event but Fair Play To You All on Spring Records is perhaps one of his most special offerings of all. One glance at the cover or a single listen to the music will immediately delight of course but there is so much behind the cover and between the lines that you will find yourself slowly feasting on the contents for a long time to come.
The title itself is an oft used throwaway line in Ireland but in the pen-hand of Tommy Sands it becomes much more profound and an overture to the album itself.
“Tommy Sands is one of the most productive and prolific performers in the history of Irish music and indeed one of the truly great songwriters in global music.
His songs have become part of a long and venerable tradition that now reaches all over the world.
He continues to be a veritable powerhouse of creativity in world music and writes new songs that touch the nerve of all those concerned with social justice and enduring peace between people of all creeds and ethnicities. He is a true humanist gifted with a unique ability to reach across ethnic divides particularly in his homeland, a territory that has been racked by divisions for literally hundreds of years.
This remarkable recording with the extraordinary musician Steve Cooney is sure to be an enduring contribution to Irish and world music.” Professor Michael (Mick) Moloney, New York University.
Tommy Sands will be touring England and Scotland in November (dates to be announced) and Mayobridge Golf Club 50 Crossan Road, Mayobridge, Newry, Co. Down on December 28th.
Artist’s website: https://www.tommysands.com/
The classic ‘There Were Roses’: