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Welcome to Colum Sands Page at Podcasts.ie. Colum is a member of the internationally renowned Sands Family from County Down. Colum established his reputation as a songwriter with the release of his first solo album, Unapproved Road in 1981. Songs like Whatever you say, say nothing, and Almost every Circumstance were soon in the repertoire of artists from Billy Connolly to Maddy Prior and June Tabor. His second album The March Ditch inspired a special BBC television documentary and songs like The Man with the Cap and Looking the loan of a Spade confirmed his unique ability to observe locally and appeal universally.
In 1996 Colum released his third album, All My Winding Journeys, a musical voyage ranging from traditional songs like Jackson Johnson, learned from the singing of his father to originals like The Night is Young, Directions and the title track, his translation to Engish of a Goethe poem on which he was joined by Berlin songstress Scarlett Seeboldt.
Colum’s first book, “Between the Earth and the Sky” was published in 2000. The book is beautifully illustrated by watercolorist Colum Mc Evoy. In March 2001 Colum joined Middle Eastern storyteller Sharon Aviv for a tour of Israel and a concert in that country’s first integrated school and village for Jews and Arabs, Neve Shalom. This concert inspired the song The Child who asks you why and Going Down to the Well with Maggie, just two of the songs which appeared on a unique collection of songs and stories, Talking to the Wall, released by Colum and Sharon in 2002. On his 2003 album The Note that lingers on along included songs of love and life like The Wake Song, Sweeney the Fiddler, Song for Adam and Eve and a live version of Mickey MacConnell’s classic Politician’s Song.
After a response to many requests for a live album and in 2007 the live songs were complemented by the stories which are so much a part of Colum’s performances with the release of Colum Sands Live In Concert, recorded at Clotworthy House in County Antrim. In 2006 Colum had his first concert tour of Australia and New Zealand which was a huge success and was followed by a further visits in 2007 and 2009 with appearances at all the major festivals and in venues from Tasmania to Mount Isa.
The endless range of veunes around the world inspired the title track of Colum’s seventh album, Look where I’ve ended up now, released in 2009. His meetings with fellow musicians like Sinead Stone and Gerard Farrelly from Dublin provided the story which led to Michael’s Orchard while an unlikely encounter with a pair of old boots in New Zealand resulted in Fred Jordan’s Boots in praise of their former owner, English folksinger Fred Jordan. In 2010 a meeting on the road with Scottish Gaelic singer Maggie MacInnes lead to another fascinating project and a new album released in 2010, The Seedboat, investigating musical and linguistic links between Ireland and Scotland. Following performances on each side of the water that divides the two countries, Colum and Maggie released their bi-lingual album The Seedboat (Bàta an t-Sìl) at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010.
Between touring and recording, countless other performers have been introduced to the air waves through Colum’s work as a presenter of BBC Radio Ulster’s Folk Club programme, he has also broadcast a series of programmes for BBC Radio 2 and has compiled and presented a series RTE Radio called “Rootin About’. His work in radio and studio production earned him the Living Tradition Award for services to Folk and Traditional Music. Colum has also produced countless albums for traditional singers and songwriters, he also produced four tracks on the Sound Neighbours CD released by the Smithsonian Institute in Washingtom, an album which was short listed for a Grammy Nomination.
For more details on Colum and to view his tour dates visit Colum Sands Website.