Library/Museum Program:
"Songs and Stories for a Peaceful World"

Summary: Sing Out! Magazine proclaims: “Sands is one of the most important songwriters in Ireland if not the rest of the world.” Long-time favorite of both family and folk audiences, singer-author Tommy Sands focuses on song-as-story in his family program. Having lived his art and written his music in the midst of one of the world's most divisive regions, Tommy's musical stories of conflict resolution come from experience, and have a heartfelt message for peace among people of different viewpoints. Using excerpts from his 2005 book, The Songman – A Journey in Irish Music, these “workshop performances” explore the challenges of living together in culturally complicated environments by using songs like Daughters and Sons and There Will Be Roses, which were written about the religious and political conflict in his native Northern Ireland and elsewhere. The Belfast Telegraph says Tommy's programs include: “…the gentle songs of a gentle man, ringing out above the tumult and the shouting … through people like Tommy Sands there will be an answer.”

Tommy tells stories in a wonderful Irish brogue intriguing to young people and adults alike. There are spoken stories, and songs that tell stories. Replete with characters aplenty, the underlying ideas come through in a wonderful warm, fun, and interactive session.