Seamus Sands was brought up in Co. Down and now lives in Co. Cork, Ireland. He is very highly regarded for his unique personal style of relaxed, melodic, and rhythmic traditional Irish fiddle playing and was taught and influenced by some of the legendary players no longer with us. He comes from a very musical family and a long line of fiddle players.
Seamus has recorded two fiddle albums and featured on several other albums. His debut solo CD “Across Bridges” (2015) was described as “breathtaking” and “a pleasure that unfurls on every visit”. His new album “A Deep Pool” (2018) is now available.
“I’m very fortunate that fiddle playing in our family has been a strong thread weaving together at least five generations. My great-great-grandfather (Sands) played, my great-grandfather played, his seven sons including my grandfather all played fiddle, there were fiddlers in my father’s generation, and my daughters all play fiddle. There was music and singing on my mother’s side also. Hopefully it will be there in future generations as a source of enjoyment and relaxation”
Seamus has developed a unique and appealing style of fiddle playing, having absorbed various aspects of the musical textures of both the North and South of Ireland, and his style is grounded in strong family roots and a deep appreciation of older musicians and of older music sources. He has a particular interest in bringing long-forgotten tunes and versions from his family home area to life.