Ballymartin, County Down
‘It's then I'm reminded again
of all of the things that you said.
It's then I'm reminded of all of the things…
important to me.’
All of the Things
Forged in 2012 by co-songwriters John McLaverty and David McCann, Northern Ireland-based, genre-straddling collective The Sandrunners formally introduced themselves to the world in March, 2014 with their debut EP 'Angel Of The Northern Wind', and their debut album, ‘The King of the Screen’ was released in June 2016 to very positive reviews.
The Sandrunners are
• John McLaverty (Guitar, ukulele and vocals)
• David McCann (Guitar, ukulele and vocals)
• Ryan Lynch (mandolin)
• Mark Johnston (drums, percussion)
• Gary Arnold (accordion.)
• Peter Doherty (double bass)
Since their launch the band have played a number of local gigs and festivals, including the Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Festival and SunflowerFest. They’re very excited about playing the Belfast Beer and Cider Festival in the Ulster Hall in November 2016.
They have also played 3 tours of Northern Holland including the main stage at this year’s Stadsfeesten in Hoorn..
"Another very fine local band… Gorgeous stuff" Cherrie McIlwaine (BBC Radio Ulster)
‘King of the Screen’ is their first album… And it’s wonderful – truly gifted, clever, insightful and courageous songwriting.” Julie Williams-Nash, Folk and Tumble
“Clever lyrics throughout are conveyed via laid-back harmonies. ‘The World’s Worst Lonely Boy’ is the track that you’ll find yourself pushing repeat. It’s a finely crafted work of artistry, orchestration, and synchronous harmony.” GiggingNI.com
“…the title track of the EP “Angel of the Northern Wind”, is a touching song about a man from
Chicago’s memories of the fallen in the First World War. …It sounds like it could be straight out of 1930’s Chicago!” CreativeVoicesNI.co.uk
“‘Speakeasy Polka’ is the latest single from The Sandrunners and it is simply a creation of solemn beauty.” Gerry McNally, Folk and Tumble