Legendary songwriter and peace activist to perform with son March 12


With all Irish eyes smiling, the legendary songwriter and peace activist Tommy Sands will perform at the annual “Concert for St. Patrick.”  In a special duet, Tommy will be joined by his son, Fionán Sands. The concert will be held in the McCarthy Arts Center at St. Michael’s College in Colchester on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 pm. This will also include an appearance by dancers from the McFadden Academy of Irish Dance and Tim Whiteford with Marie Claire Johnson.

One of Ireland’s most powerful and enchanting performers, Tommy has achieved legendary status, touring with the Sands Family, playing Carnegie Hall, Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, and around the world.  He dreams of an Ireland without conflict and sings of all Ireland – its troubled past, its indomitable spirit, and his vision of “a land of dreaming.”  His work speaks to our common heritage, using music to bridge cultural differences. In this way he shares a vision with songwriters instigating social change such as Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, and close friend Pete Seeger.  His music moves from traditional Irish to contemporary folk and his lyrics evoke images of Ireland and make edgier commentaries on social consciousness.

Admission is a suggested $20 donation.  There are no advance tickets, but reservations can be made by emailing mrksustc@together.net.  A portion of each admission is donated to the Tom Sustic Fund, which supports families with children with life-threatening illnesses.

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