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.
Each year at Christmas with my lovely women's choir we put on a concert in Morpeth, however, this year it is not possible, so we have decided to create a virtual ‘Festival of Seasonal Songs’, based on our previously recorded material.
These will be released daily on YouTube as ‘Twelve Songs for Christmas’ starting on Sunday 13th at 7pm and culminating on Christmas Eve. We are asking our viewers to make a donation in support of a very worthwhile local charity - Wansbeck Valley Food Banks.
Please join us and spread the word about this through family & friends .
Click the image to the right to link to the 'teaser' video. Hopefully we can bring a little festive cheer at this difficult time and raise some well deserved cash for the charity
Workshops and Appearances
Due to the Corvid 19 virus and the resultant safety measures, workshops and performances are currently on hold.
However, I am able to offer:
On-line one -2- one lessons.
More information here
Sidmouth Virtual Choir
Using Zoom to keep you singing!
More information and sign up here
Singing - Chair Yoga
Using Zoom to keep you moving and singing!
More information and sign up here
NEW CD N0W AVAILABLE!
Rebel With Her Chords
My new CD IS NOW available
Order your copy HERE
Here is my tribute to Greta Thunberg and all the young people who are committed to drawing attention to climate change and the failure of governments to address it.
The song is based on an ancient ballad - 'The Fause Knight Upon the Road' and the tune is adapted from a medieval Swedish ballad.
This is a 'work in progress', a fully produced version will appear on the new CD.
You can now give gift cards for my merchandise.
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.
John and I will be touring a bagpuss Show this summer! - Dates coming soon!
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.