Described by RTÉ Lyric FM as an 'exceptional talent',and Hot Press as 'a passionate and alluring unique force in Irish music', Clare Sands is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter hailing from the vibrant musical city of Cork. 'She is the most eclectic performer on the Irish scene to date' - RTE Radio 1.
Gracing a fender strat guitar in one hand and electric violin in the other, Sands, a Boss/Roland and Yamaha endorsed artist, has a unique ability to to create eclectic, energetic, heartfelt, soulful music with an Irish traditional twist.
Her first record 'Join Me At The Table' in 2016 was met with critical acclaim, 'really beautiful sounds' - RTE Radio 1, and Sands toured it around Ireland, Europe and NYC, both as a solo artist and accomplished violinist with Jack L, Hothouse Flowers, SON, Luka Bloom, Mundy, and other highly acclaimed artists, performing at Electric Picnic, the INEC, Cork Opera House, and The National Concert Hall, to name a few.
Having played her biggest show to date last summer, Liverpool's Feis alongside Irish legends Imelda May and Shane McGowan to 15,000 people, Sands has just finished her Irish and German tours, with sold out dates across both countries. Her latest single 'Dance x3!' with legendary guitarist and producer, Jimmy Smyth (Van Morrison, Mary Coughlan, Chaka Khan) was met with critical acclaim; holding position at No 2 in the Irish Airplay Charts for over two months, it received excellent reviews by BBC, RTE, The Irish Times - it’s 'a celebration of groove and Motown songcraft' - Nialler 9
Sands is currently gearing up to release her live EP 'The Basement Sessions' recorded live in her Cork City basement. The first two tracks and accompanying live videos from the record have received widespread recognition, with 40,000 views, national & international airplay, and phenomenal press reviews 'magical & moving, powerful yet delicate, ephemeral & ethereal, yet durable' - The Irish Times
She is 'sultry, wise, and highly addictive'- Pure M Magazine, and NOT to be missed.
'A impassioned voice and music genius on stage. A force in Irish music' - HOT PRESS.
'An exceptional talent. Talented young lady; what a fine singer. I love how she retains her accent in her vocal production. Much more of her to come in the future'- Carl Corcoran, RTÉ Lyric FM.
'A Rising Star'- Sean O Rourke, RTÉ Radio 1.
'So fresh, so fantastic' - Eve Blair, BBC Radio