Channeling the music of her ancestors through her deep rooted Irish traditional fiddling & bilingual song, Clare Sands is a unique force in Irish music. A sixth generation fearless feisty fiddler, the singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist is breaking the boundaries of Irish Music. She makes pulsating Folk music, infused with a myriad of influences from around the world to create an invigorating new sound, for the young and the old, brave and the bold.
‘An empowering, exceptional talent, channeling the music of her ancestors while reimagining the sound of a new Ireland’ (BBC Radio) Sands has been wowing audiences around Ireland and further afield with her groundbreaking style, passionate performance, and infinite warrior-like energy. Her electrifying live performances of Fearless Folk see Clare on fiddle, guitar, percussion & vocals combined with live electronics to create expansive soundscapes weaving story and song. Her performances possess ‘a brilliant energy that’s both irresistible and refreshing as she traverses a path where Irish and English languages, Traditional, Folk, and Contemporary music meet’ – Folk Radio UK.
As well as performing solo, Clare has also performed with critically acclaimed artists such as the Hothouse Flowers, The Stunning, Daithí, Mick Flannery, Susan O’Neill, Manchán Magan, Niamh Regan & many more. This ‘force of natures’ time has truly come….
Throughout 2021, Clare has been collaborating with some of Ireland’s finest Folk and Traditional musicians to compose four new songs over the four seasons, inspired by the landscapes and soundscapes of the four provinces. These compositions with Steve Cooney & Tommy Sands, Susan O’Neil, Brídín and Liam Ó Maonlaí will feature on Clare’s highly anticipated self-titled debut album of pulsating Folk, due for release in 2022. Described by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2 as ‘full of life’ they are a glance into the invigorating new Irish sound to come.
‘AN EMPOWERING, EXCEPTIONAL TALENT, CHANNELING THE MUSIC OF HER ANCESTORS TO CREATE THE SOUND OF A NEW IRELAND’
LYNETTE FAYE, BBC RADIO ULSTER
‘CLARE CREATES BRAVE MUSIC THAT TAPS DEEP INTO THE WELL OF WHAT WE ARE ABOUT, OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC, AND BRINGS IT RIGHT TO THE PRESENT DAY. A PHENOMENAL MUSICIAN’
FIACHNA Ó BRAONÁIN, RTÉ RADIO 1
‘AN IMPASSIONED VOICE AND MUSICAL GENIUS ON STAGE. A UNIQUE FORCE IN IRISH MUSIC’