Clare Sands



With a fiddle in one hand and a guitar in the other,Clare Sands is a songwriter, musician, and composer  based in Cork, Ireland.

With deep roots in Irish traditional and folk music, her music emanates from these family traditions, combined with her love of Jazz and the Blues.

"An artistically sensitive individual ; a versatile and skilled vocalist, with a distinctive new voice"

Professor Jonathan Stock, head of University College Cork Music.

Official music video for "Change Is A Comin" , debut single from Clare Sands, filmed by Inhale Exhale.

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Hi Folks.
Playing Charlies Bar tonight at 9.30pm. Eoghan Regan on guitar, Olly El Sholtz on saxophone, and Myself. We will be playing my own tunes, Dylan, some old Jazz tunes, some trad, and a couple of songs from Eoghan. It should be a lovely night. I'm off tomorrow morning for a while, so do come down and hurl abuse at me!
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Hello. There is going to be a great night of music tonight in Cork's Oliver Plunkett to celebrate Rory Gallagher. Upstairs in Crowleys will see some great bands ( Tres Hombres and Boxcar Beartha) to name a few. I'll be downstairs with our Sunday night band, what's that sound, and dad's mandolin will be getting her first appearance when I attempt Gallaghers 'Goin to my Hometown' , anyhow a nice night ahead, Clare! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello, tonight in the Sin E, Eoghan Regan - guitar
Olly El Sholtz - Saxophone
Myself- Violin/Vocals,
If anyone is floating about!

Also, tomorrow my great fried Ben Cooper plays his final year big band recital in CSM at 4pm. He's a fabulous musician ,a great friend, and it will be one not to be missed ( even though I'll unfortunately miss it!) any jazz lovers should get into it :)
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Hi all- I am a free lady!

Starting back gigging next week around the city, here are some dates. Also, very excited to say mine and Aisling's album "Live in Charlies Bar" featuring Olly ElSholtz on sax has just been mixed, and we are getting ready to send them to the printers, courtesy of Donnacha Moniyan in Rise Studios. Check out our TEASER video below, harp/two vocals/ sax version of "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones. Can't wait to share the album with you all in the coming weeks.

May 21st- Gallaghers ( w/ Aisling Urwin)
May 28th - The Oliver Plunkett (4 piece Clare Sands & The Cranes)
June 4th- Sin É ( w/ Eoin Regan & Olly ElSholtz)
June 11th- El Fenix ( Whiskey Business)
June 18th- Charlies Bar ( Clare Sands Trio)
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Hi all- my final year UCC recital will be in Cyprus Avenue tonight at 7pm. There is really great music on all day and night. I will be playing all original pieces and songs, hope to see some of you there, ( mixture of Blues, Jazz and Folk) and thank you to these really wonderful gentlemen for helping me out.

-Ben Cooper - drums
-Niall McGuinness - double bass
-Dylan Howe- piano
- Olly El Sholtz- saxophone
-Yours truly- Violin / Guitar/ Vocal

(Photo by Barra Vernon)
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Clare Sands & Aisling Urwin perform the beautiful "Siúil a Rúin" live in Charlies Bar, Cork City. Filmed by Brian Dunlea ( Check out or for more info ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi all, tonight I get a break from Jazz violin and get to play some of the good stuff with one of the finest musicians I know.

I'll be Mr Aaron Dillon tonight in El Fenix, I'll be playing Bluegrass/Country/Folk and lots of other fine music with Declan Hoegaarden. Looking very forward to this further study Procrastination.
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Another Brian Dunlea snap that I never posted- Here's one of me sort of smiling ( which I wont be doing for the next two weeks whilst mid- exams! ha! )

Some lovely gigs lined up for after these exams, and some great news a -comin.

Enjoy the sunshine
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And God said , 'let there be sunshine, for all you final year feicers' ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy paddys day, tunes in the OP from 3-5 with Dirb McGowan on flute and Ash Urwinky on harp and Gallaghers Cork from 6-8.
Come see women with terrible flus having the craic.
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Hello all, Myself, Brid "Sligo Maid" McGowan and Aisling Urwin will be playing a nice wee trad session tonight in the Oliver Plunkett at 6pm, if you're around, do call in :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking forward to playing in the Sin É tomorrow night with Aisling Urwin and Olly ElSholtz, tis only mighty up there for the racing, come join us tomorrow night in one of my favourite bars in the city. Thanks to John Hough for this pic of last weeks concert. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi all, thanks to Barry O Shea for capturing yesterday's concert, here are my two original violin compositions, 'Mo Chroi Briste' and 'The Road to Chicago' a fusion of jazz/trad is what it was called yesterday anyhow!

Enjoy folks.
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"Clare writes with a really true sense of freedom in her lyrics, just as young Dylan did. As for her vocals, they grace her words with all the care of an experienced musical surgeon at work"

"There is a fearlessness in Clare's writing; I love it. Audiences can hear and see what she's got, and know it's unique and different. As for her fiddle playing, she has such a great flair for improvisation. She certainly knows how to deliver"

"Clare Sands has been one of our best finds. She has unique ways in covering classic songs and making them her own. She is a real talent and a firm favourite of ours in our venue"

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