Welcome to my website – for which, many grateful thanks to my partner David.
I hope you’ll find something to interest, inform and perhaps enthuse you, here.
If there is anything you would like to know about or to comment on, I’d be pleased to hear from you. (click here)
In the meantime, sing, play, dance, write & teach with as much passion and energy as you can muster.
Love and harmony.
Workshops and Appearances
'My Song Is My Own'
A collection of powerful, evocative and hilarious songs collected in the 1970's (but still relevant today!),
My Song is My Own takes the reader on a musical journey of courtship, desire and sex, marriage, motherhood,childhood and work from the last five centuries.
With full sheet music for every song, and accompanying lyrics, this is perfect for singers as well as readers. Each section is introduced with a a brief thematic history, showing how the music has developed over time.
From ballads to industrial songs written for the mine and factory, from folk revivals to children's songs for the street and playground, this book reveals the hidden culture and history of women for us today.
"An excellent read' - The Guardian"
Solo performances reflect my love of the traditional songs of these islands, and of the North East of England in particular, and of it’s dance music, which I play on English Concertina.
More about Sandra's performances here.
The first song ever I wrote (What’ll the Neighbours Say) was sent to us from Scotland 15 years after, when Frankie Armstrong, Kathy Henderson and I were researching material for the book ‘My Song Is My Own’. We were told it was traditional…
More about Sandra's songwriting here.
In the early 70's John Faulkner and I were asked to write the songs and music for a children's TV series called Bagpuss.
More about Sandra & Bagpuss here.
My first choir was the Caedmon Choir in Gateshead, which I took over from Eddie Upton. I cut my teeth on them, and learnt much. My 2nd was, and still is after 20 years, the wonderful Werca’s Folk. Gloriously, uproariously committed, talented and fun. I love them. We carry on growing together.
More about Sandra's work with choirs here.
One of my passions as a musician, singer and writer, has always been to encourage people’s skills, whether they are young, old, experienced or absolute beginners.
More about Sandra's workshops here.
The support and encouragement of emerging singers, musicians and writers has always been a feature of my work, increasing with the years. I put this down to the education I was given generously by Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger. Passing on the tradition has always been part of the ethos of our folk music, and it is, of course, a way of ‘going on’ oneself.
More about Sandra's education work here.