TITLE: Tommy Sands with Moya and Fionan Sands in Concert
SPEAKER: Tommy Sands
EVENT DATE: 10/09/2008
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 73 minutes
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Tommy Sands, with his daughter Moya and son Fionan, performed in concert as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program at the Library of Congress.
This event was co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the American Folklife Center. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. It is the main support for artists and arts organizations, offering a broad range of funding opportunities through its Exchequer and National Lottery funds.
Speaker Biography: An internationally celebrated singer, songwriter, storyteller and social activist, Tommy Sands was raised with traditional music in County Down, Northern Ireland. As a member of the influential Sands Family folk ensemble, he introduced international audiences to Irish music during the 1960s and laid the groundwork for its current worldwide popularity. Author of such classic songs as "There Were Roses," "Daughters and Sons" and "Come on Home to the County Down," he has seen his works translated into many languages and recorded by such artists as Joan Baez, Kathy Mattea and Dolores Keane. Over the decades, his artistic integrity, engaging style and commitment to peace and dialog between peoples of different backgrounds have contributed to his worldwide renown.