The Cork-born sixth generation fearless fiddler, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Clare Sands is carefully crafting new macaronic works to be released throughout this year.
The four-part series, titled ‘Tírdreacha agus Fuaimdreacha’ (Landscapes and Soundscapes), spans over four seasons, in the four provinces of Ireland, and features Clare Sands alongside four different collaborators: Susan O’Neill, Steve Cooney with Tommy Sands, Brídín, and Liam O Maonlaí. The project sees Sands embarking on an exploration of the crooks and crannies of Ireland’s sights and sounds, whilst breaking the boundaries of Irish music in an inviting, invigorating way.
The first video, ‘Carry My Song’ performed by Clare Sands and Susan O’Neill, is out now [Thursday 25th February].
Long-time friends and collaborators Clare Sands and Susan O’Neill were recently forced to brush their hair after being enticed out of their West of Ireland haunts to create this dark and dirty, big and bold, spine-tingling sea shanty.
With Susan on trumpet, congas, vocals and dulcimer, and Sands on violin, cello, vocals, and synth, the wild west of Ireland women recorded, engineered and self-produced their debut single together in 72 hours on location in Co. Clare.
The official video is a head bangin’, feet stompin’, cliff dancin’ film directed and shot by emerging visual artists and twin sisters Liadain and Kasia Kaminska over two freezing cold days in January.
Stream/Watch ‘Carry My Song’ here:
The energetic performance explores Ireland’s rich soundscapes and landscapes through dark and light, love and loss, day and night, navigating through uncharted territories where Irish and English languages, Traditional, Folk, and Contemporary musics meet.
This project is kindly sponsored by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Photo: Kasia Kaminska