The Heart’s a Wonder

It is the rare songwriter whose ballads actually pass almost instantaneously into the tradition, and are accepted immediately into other songwriters’ repertoires. Tommy Sands is such a writer — he has the mind of a philosopher, the wit of a playwright, and the heart of a true world citizen. His songs reflect not only his own experiences but also speak for the human race at large. Better still, all of his songs are fairly laden with elusive “hooks,” which are the bane of so many lyricists but which are second nature to Tommy. The songs stick with you from the very first listening, and they become part of your subconscious before you realize it. As if that weren’t enough, on The Heart’s A Wonder, Sands has assembled an all-star, once-in-a-lifetime cast, including Pete Seeger, guitar geniuses Arty McGlynn and Steve Cooney, Altan’s Ciaran Tourish and Dermot Byrne, vocalist Dolores Keane, and many others. Tommy Sands is truly a voice of reason and sanity in an uncertain and ever-changing world, and his songs will reverberate and resound well into future generations.



  1. The Music Of Healing
  2. Who Knows Where The Wind Blows
  3. Sudako
  4. The Age Of Uncertainty
  5. Irish Molly-O
  6. Back To School Again
  7. Short Cut Through The Fields
  8. The Day We Won The All Ireland
  9. I Hate To Hear People Cry
  10. A Little Bit More
  11. Sailing Through The Sky
  12. Good-Bye Love


Accordion – Dermot Byrne (tracks: 5, 8, 10)
Accordion, Keyboards – Rod McVey
Bagpipes [Uilleann Pipes], Whistle – Brendan Monaghan
Bass – Greg Anderson (tracks: 1), Nic Scott
Cello – Vedran Smailovic
Fiddle – Ciaran Tourish (tracks: 5, 8, 10), Lisa Gutkin (tracks: 1)
Guitar – Arty McGlynn, Steve Cooney
Harmonica – Michael Beattie (tracks: 5, 9)
Percussion – Liam Bradley
Vocals – Dolores Keane (tracks: 7), Moya Sands, Rod McDonald, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger
Vocals, Banjo [5-String] – Pete Seeger (tracks: 1)
Vocals, Bodhrán – Anne Sands
Vocals, Guitar, Banjo [5-String] – Tommy Sands (2)
Vocals, Mandolin – Ben Sands
Written-By – Tommy Sands (2) (tracks: 1 to 4, 6 – 12)


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