Between the Earth and the Sky
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Colum Sands, Between the earth and the sky is a unique book in which Colum Sands strolls through twenty of his best known songs in the company of as many superb original paintings by fellow County Down artist Colum McEvoy. The blend of paintings and songs is testimony to the fact that both men, as well as growing up in the same part of the world, have also travelled many miles together, bringing their highly successful concert/exhibition from venues around Ireland to the winter blizzards of Germany, the searing heat of Texas and, with critical acclaim, to the small screen in the BBC documentary, Songs on a Wall.
Now at last, there is a chance to sample some of Sands' renowned style within the covers of this exceptional publication, Colum Sands, Between the Earth and the Sky. Much more than a songbook (though it does incorporate the words, music and guitar chords for twenty of his best known songs), the introduction and background notes by Colum Sands provide a fascinating window into the times and places where he has lived, since growing up on a small farm in the 1950s, through the drastic changes of the sixties and on to the present day. Colum includes songs reflecting the tragedy of sectarian division such as 'Whatever You Say, Say Nothing' and the 'Last House in the Street' and also songs about people from every day life, such as 'The Man with the Cap' and 'Lookin' the Loan of a Spade'.
That much of his inspiration is drawn from the rich and colourful tapestry of local life in his native County Down soon becomes clear, yet equally clearly the results apply to people right across the world, no matter their colour, creed or culture. In Between the Earth and the Sky you will find songs with music and guitar chords, paintings which tell their own stories and stories which paint their own pictures, all combining to lead you on a journey which is both entertaining and thought provoking and, like all good strolls, one to be enjoyed again and again.
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Author: Colum Sands
Illustrator: Colum McEvoy
No. Pages: 96
Dimensions: 250 x 180mm