Anchors aweigh – Woo hoo!! Please take a few minutes to explore and you’ll find lots of new content. One of the best features is that I now have this lovely new blog area. Basically this is where I’ll post my most important latest news (new releases, gigs, adventures on the road, new projects).
Ofcourse the WJM website will evolve over time so it would be great to hear what other features/content you think I should add – or perhaps what I should leave out! Really I hope that this website should facilitate a better and more direct interaction between me and you!! So leave me a comment below & tick the box to receive notifications of my new posts – direct to your inbox. While I will continue to post randomly on Facebook, Twitter, etc. their business models mean that most people will miss the majority of my news – unless I start to pay them for my posts to reach you… I don’t think I can afford that yet… so thank-you for connecting with me here!
Again, thank-you for all your support so far. Wend x.
Wendy Jack has been invited as Ben’s Special Guest for his Dungannon concert… It promises to be a lovely evening of story and song.
A Bit about Ben:
Ben Sands lives in Newry, County Down, close to the mountains and the sea and not far from the small farm where he and his six siblings grew up in the 1950s and 1960s.
He sings songs – mostly his own. He writes songs – about life and love and the ways of the world. Some are whimsical, some are sad and some are very humorous indeed. In between he tells stories, some of which are true!
He plays quite a few instruments as well – guitar, banjo, mandolin, whistles, keyboards, and fiddle – he has even been known to wrestle a tune from the uilleann pipes.
Ben has been touring and recording with his sister Anne and brothers Tommy and Colum since the late 1960s.
“The Sands Family” (www.sandsfamilyfolk.com) have recently released their 16th album – “Keep on Singing” ; made countless television appearances; performed extensively in Ireland, UK, Europe, Canada and USA (including Carnegie Hall); shared microphones with such “folk luminaries” as Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Harry Belafonte and Arlo Guthrie ……..
These days the members of the “Family” still greatly enjoy getting together for special tours and festival appearances but are more likely to be found scattered far and wide, pursuing very successful solo careers. Like brothers Tommy and Colum, Ben has taken to the song writing with a natural ease and his songs are finding their way into many repertoires and recording studios.
To date, Ben has released four solo albums, most recently the highly acclaimed “Take My Love WIth You”, (Spring Records, 2010). The title track was written for and sung to Ben’s daughter Kellie on her wedding day.
‘Fairies’ is my musical adaptation of a well known poem (‘The Fairies’) by Ulster poet William Allingham. Generations of Irish & British children first learned at least the first few lines during their early school years… Please help me to spread the word of my song and together we can breathe new life into Allingham’s work which is now over 150 years old. For example, it would be great if you could give a thumbs up, leave a comment and then share the youtube video with your friends). You can download the track using the button below. Thank-you for your support.
After months of wriggling around in the global tunebreaker chart competition, The Wendy Jack EP finished a very credible 4th. So we wish to express a HUGE thank-you to everyone who took the time to vote by streaming or buying songs. A proportion of all proceeds goes to the very worthy international charity WARCHILD: