Sandy was originally trained in the depths of the Southland to sing opera, as her father was an opera buff and wept to hear her sing in that manner. Her parents sent her to school to study classically, but she had the fortunate opportunity in 1986 to hear Bonnie Raitt in an intimate concert on Martha’s Vineyard. There she found her musical calling: the blues and rock n’ roll. Throwing dirt on her pure tone and getting all gravely and groovy was way more fun, and way more people liked to listen to it. Soon after, she began guitar lessons with the late Sal Salvador (well-known jazz guitarist in New England) and studied for three years getting her groove down.
She now joins forces with lots of musicians on the Connecticut Shoreline including Sam Bradford (Blues on the Rocks), Freddie Rathbun, Vic Dias, Tom Knapp (Mojo Boys), Ric Haddad (Hot House), Tommy Nagy, Mark Otterson, Dean Kosh (The Bernadettes) and the Green Stamps (Tom Price, Brian Wilkens, and Bernie Soroko). Her latest project is forming The Sandy Connolly Band, which is Sam Bradford on lead guitar, Mark Rabuffo on bass, Justin Paglino on keys, and Dean Kosh on drums.
She is involved in running several open mics, namely the weekly Donahue’s event (1st and 2nd Wednesdays) where she also fronts the house band (with Mike Savino, Chuck Beckman, Rob Liptrot, Chris Donahue, and Ric Haddad). She also runs the very popular Acoustic Open Mic at Guilford’s Country Tavern the last Wednesday of every month. Musicians from Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts show up to try out new material, meet other cats, and jam together.
In addition, she runs teaching studio where she teaches voice, piano, and music theory.
To find out more about music lessons and open mics, visit www.sandyconnollymusic.com.