Tommy Sands at Krypto

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The legendary Tommy Sands, singer, songwriter and social activist, reads from his book The Songman: A Journey in Irish Music at Krypto, presented by Charlotte’s Web, March 4. Sands’ daughter, Moya (left) sang and played the violin, pennywhistle and Irish drum.

Sands has played from Carnegie Hall to Moscow’s Olympic Stadium. His songs have been recorded by many major acts including Joan Baez and The Dubliners. One of his current projects has been teaching underprivileged prisoners in Reno, Nev. to write their own songs with which to defend themselves in court. Back in Northern Ireland, he has just completed a CD written with Protestant and Catholic school children. A concert with the children was called by Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Seamus Mallon as “a defining moment in the Peace Process.”

Pete Seeger said, “Tommy Sands has achieved that difficult but wonderful balance between knowing and loving the traditions of his home and being concerned with the future of the whole world.”

March 3, he and his daughter played his famous song “Daughters and Sons” at Mayor Larry Morrissey’s announcement of Cyndie Hall as Rockford’s first director of tourism, culture and special events.

From the March 8-14, 2006, issue

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