Close on 25 years have passed since Ballyporeen native Sandie Gubbins recorded her first single, a self-penned song entitled ‘The Same Old Thing’. Sandie (now domiciled in Kilworth) decided to record the song in memory of her friends from the Cork band Nivita who were killed in a crash near Charleville in October 1999.
Blessed with a gorgeous singing voice, Sandie performed in the BBC One hit show presented by Christine Bleakley and John Daly entitled ‘Country Cool’ in 2003. She also went on to record an album with Curb Records, Nashville.
In more recent times, Sandie has been performing with some of Ireland’s biggest country music stars, and recently accompanied Louise Morrissey on her nationwide 35th anniversary tour with Linden Productions.
Sandie’s love for country music began at the tender age of 4, when she was first introduced to the music of Patsy Cline. She recalls performing concerts for her parents with a plastic orange guitar and singing the songs of Patsy Cline.
The music of Patsy Cline continues to be a huge influence for Sandie, recently performing songs such as ‘Sweet Dreamss’ and ‘Crazy’ on Louise Morrissey’s recent tour.
Other influences include Sandy Kelly, Louise Morrissey and American artists Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack and Trisha Yearwood.
Sandie’s star continues to rise as she looks forward to a number of gigs in 2024. Close to home she can be seen performing in a ‘Best of Country’ night in The Palace Theatre, Fermoy alongside Mick Flavin, Paddy O’Brien and Olivia Douglas, three of whom gave a superb performance on ‘Opry le Daniel’ on TG4 on Tuesday night. They will be accompanied on March 28th by the Ryan Turner Band.
Tickets for this concert (€25) are now on sale from the theatre box office (025-32042), The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451) and online at GR8events.