Channelling the music of her ancestors, Clare Sands is a unique force in Irish music.
Weaving traditional roots with Contemporary sounds and influences, Sands sings for the young and the old, brave and the bold.
A 6th generation fiddler & bilingual singer, Sands has been wowing audiences around the world with her groundbreaking fearless folk style and infinite warrior energy. These electrifying live performances see Clare on fiddle, guitar, percussion, vocals & cassette recordings. An unmissable, raw live performer, she brings her audience on an exhilarating journey of celebration, resilience and hope.
Throughout 2021 Clare collaborated with Ireland’s finest Folk & Traditional musicians – Susan O’Neill, Steve Cooney & Tommy Sands, Brídín & Liam Ó Maonlaí. This unique project ‘Tírdhreacha agus Fuaimdhreacha’ was described by The Folk Show, BBC2 as ‘Hypnotic, Tribal, and Full of Life.’
2022 saw the release of Clare’s highly anticipated self-titled album. Earning her a ‘Best Folk Singer’ nomination for the Irish Folk Awards, Irish Times Top 5 Folk albums of 2022, No.1 single ‘Sail On’ featuring on RTÉ1 and Spotify’s ‘A Breath of Fresh Éire’ playlist, and highly acclaimed praise from the BBC, Songlines Magazine & Folker (DL). Following stand-out performances at Glastonbury Festival, Celtic Connections & the Irish Arts Centre NYC last year, Clare will continue to carry her song throughout the UK, Europe & USA in 2023.
‘Sands reach is wide & deep. This album speaks most of all of resilience & solidarity, of friendship & kinship. This fine debut revels in Sands innate & fearless curiosity, and her insistence on diving deep below the surface. A mighty first step to what promises to be a lifelong expedition.’
Siobhán Long, The Irish Times
‘Armed with the combined powers of virtuosity, boldness, and a touch of madcap spontaneity, Clare Sands has continued to mark herself as one of Irish music’s most compellingly unique
Lucy O’Toole, Hotpress Magazine
‘Sands excavates into Ireland’s ancient myths & landscapes whilst exploring the political exigencies of it’s here and now… A bold, beautiful album brimming with ideas.’