To Shorten The Winter

To Shorten the Winter is a collection of songs drawn from the traditions surrounding wintertime in Ireland and, of course, Christmas. Joined by friends Dolores Keane, Liam O Flynn, Stephen Cooney, Arty McGlynn, and more, the album includes Tommy’s wonderfully Irish take on the holiday spirit. A traditional Irish treatment of the 60’s gem “A Whiter Shade of Pale” is a humorous nod to the Christmas seasons enjoyed by all during the long Yule tide nights celebrated in the North of Ireland. The hauntingly beautiful spoken word piece, “A Christmas Childhood,” is a trip back in time to the wonder of this magical season



  1. Like The First Time It’s Chrismas Time
  2. Down By The Lagan Side
  3. The Bushes Of Jerusalem
  4. Whiter Shade Of Pale
  5. Hearts Of Love
  6. A Christmas Childhood/A Call To Hope
  7. Welcome Here Kind Stranger
  8. Raglan Road
  9. Slainte Mhaith/The Cat In The Attic
  10. Let Me Be Your Island
  11. The Mixed Marriage
  12. Matt Hyland
  13. Slan Abhaile

Tommy SANDS : vocals, guitar, whistle, mandolin
Dolores KEANE : vocals
Ben SANDS : backing vocals
Rod McVEY : accordion, Hammond organ, keyboards
Arty McGLYNN : acoustic guitar, telecaster
Steve COONEY : high guitar
Johnny SCOTT : acoustic guitar, dobro, dulcimer
Liam O’FLYNN : whistle, uilleann pipes
Richard PARKES : highland pipes
Liam BRADLEY : percussions, vocals
John FITZPATRICK : fiddles
Cor Na n-og : backing vocals


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