This third solo CD from Ben Sands
includes nine songs and two instrumentals, all self-composed and all of
the superbly high quality that has marked Ben’s two earlier solo albums
and his many recordings with The Sands Family.
The well-tried and tested “Sands” trademarks of humour, pathos, wit
and folk-wisdom are all well to the fore in the new songs here.
Included, too, is an instrumental “Farewell to the Town”,
commissioned for and played during presentations in connection with
Newry’s successful bid for city status in 2002.
Producer Johnny Scott, long-time
guitarist/arranger with Van Morrison and Eddie Reader, (among many
others), shows Ben’s latest compositions in a different light – a few
adventurous steps away from the more traditional settings of earlier
recordings – but always maintaining that sense of sincerity and sheer
class that mark Ben’s work.