Tommy Sands' new concert program is based on his most recent album, Arising from the Troubles, which was released in the U.K. in 2011 and will be released in the U.S. in 2013 as part of Tommy's upcoming tour taking place February 15 through March 17, 2013, in the United States.
The emotional content of the concert program is described in the recording's summary (provided by Eamonn McCann on the back of the CD sleeve):
"Through the swirl of smoke and sulphur came the rebel songs of Tommy Sands. Not in the sense of whooping it up for violent struggle, but in rebellion against the hatred which has pock-marked our history and shredded the happiness of successive generations. This collection provides a soundtrack for days of darkness, days of hope, days of weary peace: soul songs telling our troubled story with a deft eye for exact detail and pitch-perfect appreciation of political nuance. Northern Ireland is a savage place drenched in decency. Perhaps it cannot be understood other than by an act of artistic imagination. Arising from the Troubles offers a more eloquent and expansive account of our awkward reality than any shelf load of academic analyses."
- Eamonn McCann
The songs on the program will be complemented by Sands' narrative of his first-hand experiences in this sometimes sad, sometimes hopeful time in Northern Ireland.
To learn more about the songs featured on the recording, click on the song name and then click the play button in the frame that opens for each song.