Tommy Sands (Irish folk musician)

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Tommy Sands (born 19 December 1945), Mayobridge, County Down, Northern Ireland, is a folk singer, song writer, radio broadcaster, and political activist. He performs with his three siblings as The Sands Family; solo as Tommy Sands; and with his son and daughter as Tommy Sands with Moya and Fionán Sands. Tommy was the prime song-writer for the 'Sands Family', one of Ireland's most influential folk groups of the 1960s and '70s.

Tommy Sands has hosted Country Céilí, a radio show on Downtown Radio in Newtownards since 1976.

In May 2002 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno for his outstanding work as musician and ambassador for peace and understanding.

His song There Were Roses has been described as "... certainly one of the best songs ever written about the "Irish Problem"". The song recounts how Allan Bell (name changed), a Protestant friend of Sands, was murdered in Newry by republican paramilitaries. In the aftermath loyalist paramilitaries "prowled round the Ryan Road" for a Catholic to kill in retaliation; ironically, the man they selected, Sean O'Malley (name changed), had been a good friend of the Protestant victim and also of Sands.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger Various Artists 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 Song of the Green Linnet Compilation Various Artists 1
2007 The Songs of the Radio Ballads Compilation Various Artists 1
2007 Sowing the Seeds: The 10th Anniversary Compilation Various Artists 1
2012 The Rough Guide to Celtic Lullabies Compilation Various Artists 1
A Woman's Heart: A Decade On Compilation Various Artists 1
Give Peace a Chance Compilation Various Artists 1
Joyful Noise: Celtic Favorites From Green Linnet Compilation Various Artists 1
The Celtic Lullaby Compilation Various Artists 1
The Very Best of Celtic Compilation Various Artists 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Pure Rock & Roll Compilation Various Artists 1

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