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Sandy Kelly - Leaving It All Behind Tour

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Date & time Sat 9 Mar 2024
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After the October 2023 release of Sandy Kelly’s new album ‘Leaving It All Behind’ and autobiography ‘In My Own Words’, Sandy embarks on an island wide tour of Ireland in Spring 2024 for her ‘Leaving It All Behind Tour’.

With a full live band, Sandy will perform songs from her new album, as well as some of her best loved hits, alongside recounting some of the stories from her book in an up close and personal setting at The Source.

This promises to be an intimate evening to remember and an opportunity to catch up with one of Ireland’s indisputably successful country music artists.

Much-loved Irish artist, Sandy Kelly was always going to be a singer and performer. Born into her grandfather, Dusky Dan’s Variety Roadshow, her destiny was sealed from her first stage appearance at the age of three, laying the foundations for a lifelong career in music. She was co-opted into the family travelling fit-up variety show in Ireland and later as a teenager the social club circuit in the U.K. playing an ever more prominent role until she returned to Ireland and developed initially as a pop performer before following her instincts and concentrating on a country music career.

Sandy’s first record, ‘Come Back Billy Joe’ reached number two in the Irish pop charts and her career was on track. She represented Ireland at the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest, as lead singer in The Duskeys. She has achieved multiple Gold Records, including hit duet ‘Woodcarver’ with Johnny Cash and her version of Willie Nelson’s ‘Crazy’, one of the biggest selling singles in Ireland in 1989. For three years, she hosted her own weekly RTE TV Series ‘Sandy’.

Her connection to Patsy Cline’s songs led to Sandy being cast as the lead in the West End production of ‘Patsy – The Musical’ in London in the 90’s. Following the West End run, the show successfully toured the UK and Ireland for the second half of the decade.

While on an Irish tour, Johnny Cash heard Sandy on the radio, asked her to join him on stage and invited her to Nashville, where his introductions integrated her into the upper realms of the Nashville scene. Sandy subsequently recorded and toured with a host of legendary U.S. country artists including Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette, George Hamilton IV and Chet Atkins. Her friendship with Johnny Cash and his family endured right to his sad demise in 2003.

Following a thirty-year hiatus from the recording studio, in October 2023 Sandy will release a long awaited new album in tandem with her self-penned life story, ‘In My Own Words’, published by O’Brien Press. The autobiography covers the ups and downs of the singer’s life in her own endearingly honest voice.

Sandy Kelly is, in my opinion, one of the top fifteen female artists in the world Willie Nelson
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