Tommy Sands' book The Songman: A Journey in Irish Music shows the rare gift of combining objectivity with passion. His fine mellow prose sparkles with humour and compassion." (Frank McCourt)

With a Fenian fiddle in one ear and an Orange drum in the other, Sands was reared in the foothills of Mourne Mountains. His family was immersed in folk music - his father played fiddle, his mther accordion. Their kitchen was a place where Protestant and Catholic farmers alike would gather to sing at the end of a day's harvesting. The Songman is the story of Sands' remarkable journey, the turbulent days of the civil rights movement, encounters with The Bothy Band, Pete Seeger, Ian Paisley, and a 'defining moment' during the Good Friday Agreement talks.

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