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Sandy Kelly with special guests Ashley Campbell, Thor Jensen and Niall McCabe

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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 a spring tour with very special guests Ashley Campbell, Thor Jensen and Niall McCabe just announced.

Sandy Kelly announces very special guests for her Spring album and book launch tour. Ashley Campbell, Thor Jensen and Niall McCabe will appear on all dates Nationwide. Following a long hiatus from the recording studio, in October 2023, Sandy released her first studio album in thirty years, in tandem with her self-penned life story, ‘In My Own Words’, published by O’Brien Press and now in Spring 2024, embarks on a Nationwide tour. With Sandy’s live band, this promises to be an intimate evening of new and old songs, stories and featuring the very best emerging country and folk talent. The eleven-date tour includes appearances at National Concert Hall Dublin, The Everyman Cork and many more across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Ticket info for all dates available at sandykellymusic.com

The album, ‘Leaving It All Behind’, was recorded at what was Johnny Cash’s personal studio, Cash Cabin in Nashville and produced by five-time Grammy Award-winning producer John Carter Cash (Johnny Cash, June Carter, Loretta Lynn) alongside Sandy’s son, Willie Kelly and an A-list Nashville session band. Mastered by Pete Lyman (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, John Prine) at Infrasonic Sound, Nashville.

Twelve tracks, traversing the lines of classic country and contemporary folk, including re-cut acoustic versions of Sandy’s duets with Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, ‘Woodcarver’ and ‘Against The Wind’, respectively and the latter featuring Marty Stuart as a guest musician. As well as the duet ‘Old Love’ with Mike Hanrahan of Stockton’s Wing. ‘Leaving It All Behind’ is a legacy album that confirms Sandy’s position at the apex of the European country music ladder.

Ashley Campbell, daughter of country legend Glen Campbell began her career playing banjo and keyboard in her father’s band on several world tours and has found success as a solo artist in the country/Americana music scene; most notably with her debut single “Remembering” which she wrote for her father and is featured on the Grammy award winning and Oscar nominated album for the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. Her original music has taken her all over the world, from the main-stage at London’s O2 Arena to opening for Kris Kristofferson, the Bellamy Brothers as well as playing at Carnegie Hall with songwriting legend Jimmy Webb.

Ashley most recently released an album with her partner in life and music, virtuoso guitarist Thor Jensen, as one half of the powerful duo, Campbell Jensen. The album ‘Turtle Cottage’ was released in November 2023 to wide critical acclaim. Thor also tours with New York based musical collective, Post Modern Jukebox. With Ashley coming from the world of country and Americana and Thor having a diverse background from rock to gypsy jazz, they create a fresh sound as a duo.

Like the wild Atlantic landscape of his home Clare Island, Niall McCabe’s songs feel timeless and natural yet bely the dense shaping of a dynamic creative force. His natural distinct voice is earning him a growing loyal fanbase, discovering his music as he travels extensively, with his recent album tour schedule bringing him across Ireland, UK, Europe and North America.

As well as becoming an accomplished finger-style guitar player, Niall has been lending his unique voice to Irish trad-fusion band ‘Beoga’, touring Ireland, Europe and the USA while also playing support for Ed Sheeran, Foy Vance and Johnny Swim and more recently opening for Chris Isaak on his UK Tour, to two sold out audiences at Eventim Apollo London and Wolverhampton Civic Halls. McCabe’s eagerly anticipated ‘Rituals’ album was released in February 2023 and featured as RTE Album of the Week, while the song Rituals topped the RTE Radio airplay charts for five consecutive weeks.

Don’t miss this very special intimate evening with Sandy Kelly, Ashley Campbell, Thor Jensen and Niall McCabe, coming to a venue near you in March 2024.

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. 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.

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

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