Cork City, County Cork
With a fiddle in one hand and a guitar in the other, Cork based Clare Sands is a singer-songwriter, musician, and composer. She performs in a variety of genres, her own material being a mixture of Blues & Folk. With deep roots in Northern Ireland and County Wexford, Clare started playing the fiddle at the age of four, learning tunes off her father Seamus on a weekly basis. As well as playing Traditional Irish Music from an early age with different family members, Clare also trained classically on the violin.
Her mother Susan bought her a guitar in her early teens, and gave her a strong love of the Blues, playing legends like Muddy Waters and Eva Cassidy on the way to school. She soon found a love for song writing, and used whatever instruments that lay around the house like the guitar, the piano, the bodhrán or the mandolin to accompany herself.
Having spent the summer of 2013 gigging around New York City, Clare has returned to Cork to finish her degree in Music and Italian in UCC. There, she has met fabulous musicians such as Aisling Urwin, a singer-songwriter and harpist hailing from Kenmare, Co. Kerry. Aisling and Clare formed a Blues/Folk duo in late 2013 and after only six months of playing together, the duo did a 20 date tour of Ireland, as well as a mini European tour with dates all over Holland and Germany.
Playing a mixture of their own original material to The Rolling Stones, Jeff Buckley, Paul Brady, and sets of jigs and reels. Both their voices,instrumentation , and ecentric personalities highly compliment each other. Aisling also plays in Clare's band "Clare Sands & The Cranes".
Clare is currently working on her debut EP that she hopes to have out next year.