TOMMY SANDS  CONCERTS 2019

June 23rd - Cultural Centre Cape Cod - 107 Old Main Street Yarmouth - www.cultural-center.org

June 26th - Burren Backroom Sessions - 147 St Somerville, MA02144 - www.burren.com/backroom-series.htm

June 28th - Old Songs Festival - Westminster Concert Series - 91 West Main St, Westminster MD 21157

June 30th - Common Ground on the Hill - Week long classes - 2, College Hill, Westminster MD53303

July 5th - Common Ground on the Hill - Week long classes - 2, College Hill, Westminster MD53303

July 12th - Liberty Hall Dublin (In musical play Bllod Red Lines)

July 21st-28th - Fiddlers Green Festival, Rostrevor

Aug 13th - Milwaukee Irish Festival - 105 North Harbour Drive, IL 53302 - Henry W. Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee

Aug 15th - Milwaulkee Irish Festival - 105 North Harbour Drive, IL 53302 - Henry W. Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee

Aug 19th - Ulster Project -105 North Harbour Drive, IL 53302 -Jim Gillespie - www.ulster.org

Oct 9th - Commodore John Barry - 6815 Emlen St., Philadelphia, PA, 19119 - 215-843-8051

Oct 10th - The Green Willow Folk Club - 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803 - http://www.greenwillow.org

Oct 12th - Folk Project Acoustic Gateway - Port Murray, NJ07865 - (845)786-5674

Oct 17th - East Rock Concert Series - 285 Nicoll Street, New Haven, CT06511 - (203)9369446

Oct 19th - New Moon Coffee House - 16 Ashand St Haverhill, MA 08130 - (617) 327-0542

Oct 20th - The Eighth Step at Proctors - 432 State Street - Schenectady, NY 12305 518-434-1703

Oct 24th - The Roots Cellar - 6300 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 - (412)361-1915 www.calliopehouse.org

Oct 25th - 2019 Chenango Sessions - 557 Chenango St, Binghamton, NY 13901 - 269-767-8235

Oct 26th - Valley Folk Music - 144 Cedar St Corning, NY 14830 - 607-962-4461 www.valleyfolk.org

Oct 27th - Village Meeting House - 5658 Main St Williamsville, NY - www.bffm.org

Nov  12th-26th ...England and Scotland

November
Wed 13 Edinburgh Folk Club Ukrainian Community Centre EH7 5AB; box tel: 07968 131737

Fri 15 Newcastle, Tyneside Irish Centre Tyneside Irish Centre, 41 Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG United Kingdom + Google Map

Sun 17 Grimsby FC The Spider's Web, Carr Lane, Grimsby,
N.E Lincs, DN32 8LN, 01472 692065

Wed 20 Llantrisant FC, Llantrisant Folk Club, Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club, Castan Rd. Pontyclun CF72 9EH

Nov 21st Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Music Room, Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BP Box Office: 0151 709 3789

Sun 24 London, Walthamstow FC - Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street, Walthamstow ,London, E17 4SA
Nov 28th - Burren Heritage Centre, BRIDGE RD,
BT34 3QT Warrenpoint, Co Down. 028 41773378

WITH SANDS FAMILY

DEC 5TH - Market Place Theatre, Armagh, 9 Market Street
Armagh BT61 7BW 028 3752 1821 [map]

DEC 20TH - Ardhowen Theatre, 97 Dublin Rd.,Enniskillen BT74 6HN
+44 28 66323233 [map]

DEC 27TH, The Canal Court Hotel, Merchants Quay, Newry BT35 8HF
Newry (+44) 02830251234 [map]

Tommy Sands
November - December 2019 Tour Update
(Note changes- Mayobridge concert not taking place this year).

November
Wed 13 Edinburgh Folk Club Ukrainian Community Centre EH7 5AB; box tel: 07968 131737

Fri 15 Newcastle, Tyneside Irish Centre Tyneside Irish Centre, 41 Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG United Kingdom + Google Map

Sun 17 Grimsby FC The Spider's Web, Carr Lane, Grimsby,
N.E Lincs, DN32 8LN, 01472 692065

Wed 20 Llantrisant FC, Llantrisant Folk Club, Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club, Castan Rd. Pontyclun CF72 9EH

Nov 21st Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Music Room, Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BP Box Office: 0151 709 3789

Sun 24 London, Walthamstow FC - Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street, Walthamstow ,London, E17 4SA
Nov 28th - Burren Heritage Centre, BRIDGE RD,
BT34 3QT Warrenpoint, Co Down. 028 41773378

WITH SANDS FAMILY

DEC 5TH - Market Place Theatre, Armagh, 9 Market Street
Armagh BT61 7BW 028 3752 1821 [map]

DEC 20TH - Ardhowen Theatre, 97 Dublin Rd.,Enniskillen BT74 6HN
+44 28 66323233 [map]

DEC 27TH, The Canal Court Hotel, Merchants Quay, Newry BT35 8HF
Newry (+44) 02830251234 [map]

Got a nice surprise... new album "Fair Play to you all" has made album of the month in US, and "Answer not blowing in the wind" number 6 in US Radio Folk charts. I think I might remove a suddenly unneeded cork from a very old bottle if you would like to join me. Sláinte to all and thanks for the great family musicians and friends, Sean, Pat, Brian and a wonderful producer Steve Cooney.
https://www.folkradio.org/folk-charts/

Tommy Sands

“Fair play to you All” Spring records CD 1026

Complete Lyrics Below...

1. The answer is not blowing in the wind

(Chorus)
The answer is not blowing in the wind
And the question whispers in my mind
Take another look around behind the headlines
The answer stares you in the eyes
The answer stare you in the eyes

Like how many times must a canon ball fly
Before it be forever banned
It will fly just as long as there’s fortunes to be made
By the wheelers and dealers of arms
And fellow profiteers who manufacture fear
To ensure that their wars will survive
The answer is not blowing in the wind no more
The answer stares you in the eyes

And how many years will a mountain exist
Before it be swept to the sea
How many empires dissolve in the mist
When they see there is nothing more to steal
Invading persuading that God is on their side
Though God knows it’s far from their minds
The answer is not blowing in the wind no more
The answer stares you in the eye

How many times has the truth been disguised
In the guise of some patriotic lie
Media controlled for to do what they’re told
Embedded in body and mind
But the truth has escaped past the sentries at the gate
A new way to news we can find
And the answer is not blowing in the wind no more
The answer stares you in the eyes

2. Clanrye Side

The first time I met her was down by the Clanrye Side
Her eyes like the diamonds were shining whenever she smiled
I knew not her name nor where her allegiance might fall
But she wore a tattoo to say Fair play to you all
She wore a tattoo to say Fare play to you all

And I sing of a city when it was just only a town
A journey called Newry and still in the couty of Down
Where innocence raised us and maybe it’s true raised you too
We were walking down Hill Street and not very much for to do
We were walking down Hill Street and not very much for to do

Jobs they were scarce and the dole cheque did not go too far
But that evening we ventured in to Jean Croziers bar
We both had a mineral for none of us drank at the time
We sat down in the corner and quietly kept or heads down
We sat down in the corner and quietly kept our heads down

Mick he was humming the valley of Knockanure
Sam Dodds he was drumming the sash like oft times before
Jean lifted a bottle and gave an unmedical cough
I am thinking now lads youse have had about maybe enough
I am thinking now lads youse have had about maybe enough

In came Jamsie Kelly a paper boy all of his days
His headlines were crying God save us Belfast is ablaze
The talking was dying and silence was rising instead
Somebody whispered the march will be going ahead
Somebody whispered the march will be going ahead

Well on I could go but to where I just really don’t know
Those good people all gone and that young girl so long long ago
Her long soft hair away down on her shoulders did fall
And upon a tattoo to say Fair play to you all
And upon a tattoo to say Fair play to you all
And her smile still shines to brighten the dark that divides
Forever together Down by the Clanrye Side.

3. Ballyholland

Ballyholland's my home and that's where I long to be
Ballyholland my homeland far across the sea

He was sitting singing softly at the bar
In an Irish pub in Boston I recall
The barman says we all know McAteer
I thought he might be living some place near
When he turned to me and talked of going home
I said I've got the car which way do we go
He smiled and whispered can she sail or fly
For home for me is far across that sky

Well now McAteer’s a name well known to me
And I wondered which of them now might he be
A Covie or a Connie or a Sherk
A Curly, Hairy, Rusty or a Black
Or maybe it's the Butcher or the Usual
A Cosy, Cuddly, Codger or a Do all
He said you know they’re all good friends to me
And I see them every nightime in my dreams

Ballyholland is the place where I belong
And I go there every nighttime in this song
The crossroads and the mass rock I can see
The track of the foot still follows me
From the moment that we parted at the hall
We talked about returning one and all
It’s dreams of home that keep me going on
And I go back forever in this song

4. Refugees

I thought you might be here that’s why I came along
Travelling in disguise between the lines of a song
I thought I saw your face oh my God could that be you
But a light was in my eyes you were gone before I knew

Roving a roving a roving Thunder sun or rain
How did we get here and where do we go
When will I see you again so good to see you again

There’s some will leave their home for fortune or for fame
To seek what they can find then come back home again
And some will have no option for home is home no more
Lost upon the ocean lonely on the shore

Like thunder they did come to shock and awe the land
They came to set us free but they left with all we had
And when we followed after for where were we to go
But we were deemed the dangerous ones borders they were closed

You slipped out from my arms as the waters they did rise
I called and called your name when the rescue boats arrived
I thought I saw your face oh my God could that be you
But a light was in my eyes you were gone before I knew

5. What’s going on in Jerusalem

What’s going on in Jerusalem?
What’s going on in the promised land?
What’s going on in Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Jerusalem?

My father told of terror times feeling guilty to survive
Fleeing from the Nazi lines he came to New York Town
But when McCarthy came along he lost his home he lost his job
I whispered to my child unborn we are going home

And when we reached the promised land full of hopes and dreams and plans
I taught my child what's right and wrong and sang him songs of Peace
It's little then did I believe he'd have a gun at just 18
Does killing to stop killing mean that war will never cease.

And when my child came back again his eyes were old his face was pale
He said I can no longer stay I'm losing right and wrong
No matter what I tried to say in dead of night he stole away
From New York town he wrote to say 'what is going on?'

6. American Dreams

Bring back America bring back all the dreams we had
Floating on the ocean where the cold winds blow
Bring my country home

I’m the son of a son of a lonely man lost his home and lost his land
Floating on the ocean where the cold wind blows here he found a home
He danced with the daughter of an Indian brave to the drum of a son of an African slave
Felt the shame and shared the pain and dreamed a better world

And I grew up an American child the constitution was my guide
Freedom and equality proudly we were told
A haven for the refugee fleeing war and poverty
But now my country’s lost at sea searching for a soul

The dollar said in God we trust but God you did not trust too much
The guns of war that came out first before consulting thee
Rolling in the raging gales may winds of kindness fill your sails
I want my country back again bring my country home

And some will deem an American dream the property of who can be
A billionaire whose only care is freedom to get more
But the dream I sing for you and I trying hard just to get by
Echoes of a human cry like strangers on the shore

7. Who killed JFK?

Who killed JFK and does it matter anyway
Who killed JFK or does it matter more today than any day

I did not come to praise him or to claim he was an angel, for politics and angels do not rhyme, well,
He was freely chosen and the people they had spoken then a generations dream came to an end.
And history it will question the enquiries and commissions, were inquirers and conspirors both the same?
While some will never question such defenders of the nation, for they are honourable men.
They are all honourable men.

Who killed JFK and does it matter anyway
Who killed JFK or does it matter more today than any day

I do no mean the shooters who are bought and sold for two pence and anyway they soon are dead and gone.
It's the power behind the action the elite and unelected whose crimes against the people still goes on.
When Kennedy and Kruschev they signed that peace agreement was Kennedy a traitor to their cause?
He saved us from the slaughter but that plot had not been scripted in their everlasting theatre of war.

Who killed JFK and does it matter anyway
Who killed JFK or does it matter more today than any day

Who are the silent masters who profit from disaster and wars that they impose on you and me
Young soldiers are expendable and presidents removable in feeding an addiction to their greed
Theories of conspiracies keep buzzing round like bumble bees but deep inside a truth will always call
Taking from the needy just to satisfy the greedy makes a mockery of democracy for all

Who killed JFK, MLK and RFK, Who killed JFK?
And does it matter more today than any day

8.� Macha.
Macha, mo Mhacha, a Mhacha na tire
Och-ón ochó-ón ó
Ó, cad é sin a rinne siad, is a rinne siad ortsa,
Ochón ochó-ón ó �

Nuair a théitear faoi fhód is an brón gan ologon
Och-ón ochó-ón ó
Bíonn an phian gan chaoineadh de shíor ganfaoiseamh,
Och-ón ochó-ón ó

�Nuair a chantar an crá-croí géar as na cnámha,
Och-ón ochó-ón ó
Scaoiltear glúnta saor ó ghníomhartha ár sinsir,
Och-ón ochó-ón ó

Is ionann brón don aonaráin ‘s don uile,
Och-ón ochó-ón ó
Ó, caoin amach an brón agus scaoil amach an grá,
Och-ón ochó-ón ó

Macha, mo Mhacha, a Mhacha na tire
Och-ón ochó-ón ó
Ag deanamh Neamhaird den eagoir sé sin mallacht na nUltach
Och-ón ochó-ón ó

Lament for Macha (English)

Macha my macha a macha of the earth
Óchó-ón ochó-ón ó
what has been done and what has been done to you
Óchó-ón ochó-ón ó

For to go to the grave with a song locked inside of you
Óchó-ón ochó-ón ó
a pain unlamented will never be ending
Óchó-ón ochó-ón ó

For to sing out the sorrow and justified anger
Óchó-ón ochó-ón ó
To set free our children from the deeds that's been done
Óchó-ón ochó-ón ó

A sorrow for one is a sorrow for everyone
Óchó-ón ochó-ón ó
To sing out the sorrow and leave space for loving
Óchó-ón ochó-ón ó

a mhacha mo mhacha a mhacha of the land
Óchó-ón ochó-ón ó
Ignoring injustice is what the Curse of Ulster is.
Óchó-ón ochó-ón ó

9. Ode to Europe

Europe- a united chorus Joyously in harmony
After years of war and sorrow yearning one day to be free
Free from hatred free from hunger free from inhumanity
Raise your voice and sing in chorus joyously in harmony.

White dove sailing on the ocean In the night of dark despair
Bring your light and bring your learning once again for all to share.
Share a dream a new tomorrow shape a ploughshare from the sword
Peace within and peace between us peace be to the whole wide world.

Sow the seed of justice so that we can walk in fields of peace
Sow the seeds of love so that our children's children can be free
Free from hatred, free from hunger free from inhumanity
Raise your voice and sing in chorus joyously in harmony.

10. Paddy and the judge

Paddy was in double trouble when he lost his job
Wife and children hungry so says he I’ll get a fishing rod
Dipped it in the river flowing closely by
But the Landlord came and grabbed him and says he that rivers mine

Well they took him to the county court and there he shook with fear
When a lawyer with a broken nose he came and bent his ear
A thousand pounds you'll give to me to keep you out of jail
I know the secret language here and here’s what you must say

Foll the dol Fol the day
Fol the dol the diddle day

Well the judge he looked him up and down and up and then says she
You know this is sedition to be fishing so maliciously
Then he put the question what have you to say
But Paddy knew the answer and he answered right away

Says the judge I’ll ask you one more time and one more time and then
But every time he asked him sure the answer it was just the same
How dare you speak this language you haven’t been to school
But Paddy answered once again like he was just a fool

Oh let him go the judge he cried my wig is turning grey
But the bucko with the broken nose was standing in the doorway
Where’s the thousand pounds me boy I kept you out of jail
But Paddy looked him in the eye and this to him did say

The children they are singing and the rivers running free
There’s stickle backs for breakfast and there’s salmon in the evening
The song that they are singing and they sing it night and day
Is Fol the dol the diddle dol the diddle dol the day

11. Every County on the Island

Go Down to Armagh An(d) trim her yellow hair
'For a man a' bove in Derry will take her to the fair
Tye her own wee pony her calf and cow as well
Mona hand her down the shawl she bought in Donegal

chorus
Where are we now, are we nearly there
Just another mile round Erin's Isle
And we'll be everywhere in Couny Everywhere

Leesh the Bull of Cooley he's loud as loud can be
He'd Kill dare and Kilkenny but he will not kill me
Keep your head down in the Car low in case that he is near
And the light down in your wick low in case he sees us here

Taste a little mead it's a long ford to cross
Be careful not to waste mead we can't afford the loss
Take a little bees wax for doublin back again
And I want to thank you Offaly for joining this refrain
Is Rose comin' down to Galway or goin' to Mayo
Or will she on the sly go to leitrim don't you know
Some Tipperary waterfor to Cork then Kerry on
So Clare recite your Limerick now aAnd I will end my song

12. Gathering of the Clans

Will you come will you come to the gathering
Good friends from every land
For a story and song about what’s been going on
Since the last time we shook hands
At the gathering of the clans

And what about your man from the Banks of the Bann
I could see it was he you had your eye on
How is it today did he go did he stay
Or could you do with a shoulder to cry on
(Ah come on)

There’ll be music in the air if you care for to share
And a song for the dawn of the morning
There’ll be dancing to be done to a different kind of drum
And another way of living for the learning
(When you come)

They’ll be here from every land with a plan for the clan
And a way to their own way to freedom
And if we can’t agree we can always let it be
A higher quality of disagreement
(Then we’ll see)
Refugees

I thought you might be here that’s why I came along
Travelling in disguise between the lines of a song
I thought I saw your face oh my God could that be you
But a light was in my eyes you were gone before I knew

Roving a roving a roving Thunder sun or rain
How did we get here and where do we go
When will I see you again so good to see you again

There’s some will leave their home for fortune or for fame
To seek what they can find then come back home again
And some will have no option for home is home no more
Lost upon the ocean lonely on the shore

Like thunder they did come to shock and awe the land
They came to set us free but they left with all we had
And when we followed after for where were we to go
But we were deemed the dangerous ones borders they were closed

You slipped out from my arms as the waters they did rise
I called and called your name when the rescue boats arrived
I thought I saw your face oh my God could that be you
But a light was in my eyes you were gone before I knew

October 2019 USA

Wed Oct 9th - Commodore John Barry Arts & Cultural Centre - 6815 Emlen St., Philadelphia, PA, 19119 USA

Thur Oct 10th - The Green Willow Folk Club - 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803 USA

Sat Oct 12th - Folk Project Acoustic Gateway - Port Murray, NJ07865 USA

Fri Oct 16th - Gaelic Roots Series at Boston College – 117 Lake St. Boston
MA 02135

Thur Oct 17th - Café Nine 250 State street New Haven, CT 06510 USA

Sat Oct 19th - New Moon Coffee House - 16 Ashand St Haverhill, MA 08130 USA

Sun Oct 20th - The Eighth Step at Proctors - 432 State Street - Schenectady, NY
12305 USA

Wed Oct 23rd – The Pearl Saloon, 45-49 West Central Ave., Pearl River, New York

Thu Oct 24th - The Roots Cellar - 6300 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 USA

Fri Oct 25th - Chenango Sessions - 557 Chenango St, Binghamton, NY 13901 USA

Sat Oct 26th - Valley Folk Music - 144 Cedar St Corning, NY 14830 USA

Sun Oct 27th - Village Meeting House - 5658 Main St Williamsville, NY USA

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