The Songman

Tommy Sands’ new book, published in the UK in 2005 and now available in the US, “…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.