Originally from Dublin this award winning multi-instrumental duo write original songs that are contemporary and eclectic with a hint of Irish. Dave and Trish Long have collaborated as songwriters since they joined forces in Ireland back in 1984. With so many years working together their songwriting skills have combined to such a degree that their compositions are seamless. Audiences at live shows have commented on how in tune they are with each other, it has to be seen to be believed! This rare unity comes across in their recordings and can be noted in particular with the harmonious blending of their voices.
Over the years their music has become subtly different, a marriage of sounds and influences between the Northern and the Southern hemispheres 'the mist meeting the haze'. The resulting music has light, bright tones intertwined with the rich, earthy moodiness of their Celtic sound. Lyrics stretch from uplifting songs with themes of hope and love to songs that draw awareness to what is happening in the world in which we live. Instrumentation includes vocals, flageolet, guitar, sax, flute, recorder and sequencing
Sahara's reputation continues to grow internationally since the release of their 'Vision' and 'Sahara Live @ The Malthouse' CDs which have both received critical acclaim and ratings of three and a half stars in major publications. The success of these albums and the webcast of the 'Sahara Live @ The Malthouse' concert encouraged Trish and Dave to exit the security of the day jobs and take on the daunting task of bringing their concert on road around the greater part of Australia self financed and self managed. Many lessons learnt on this amazing journey. The album inspired by these years on the road was 'A New Beginning'. Some songs on this CD were influenced by major global events at the time which were both confronting and thought provoking. However we remain forever hopeful; whenever there is change there is a chance for a new beginning..
Sahara returned to the studio and recorded an album titled 'There is this place I go'. Songs written during a difficult period in our personal lives due to a major health issue. In 2012 Trish and Dave re-recorded 'A New Beginning' and in 2012 / 2013 recorded their latest album 'See all that's before me' which they released on 24th April 2014 following the release of their rock single 'Only This World'.
Sahara makes music history with Two No.1 Hits on the First Internet Charts 1997. 'Make My Day' was voted No.1 for 4 consecutive weeks followed by 'Ordinary Day' both tracks from Sahara 'Vision' CD. Soundclick was an international music charts where people could vote for their favourite acts thus making Sahara's No.1 a 'people's choice' award. Soundclick at the time was endorsed by CNN, The New York City Times and many more news sites across the USA and Europe. Dave and Trish were dubbed 'Cyber Stars' when interviewed for the ABC TV Evening News regarding this success.
Sahara composed the original music for an ABC TV Australian Story documentary 'A Track Winding Back' which received the United Nations Media Peace Award.
Due to popular demand the video of the 'Sahara Live @ The Malthouse' concert was webcast on numerous occasions on the New York based CelticTV website. This resulted in Sahara releasing part of the soundtrack on CD which is available on iTunes, Amazon etc.
Sahara takes their concert on tour around Australia to great success with many sold out shows, countless interviews and 'live to air' radio and TV performances.
* '2000 Concert Tour'
*'Music Without Boundaries Tour'
*'A New Beginning Tour'
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Sahara Blog 2014
Dec 20th Remembering our last trip to Ireland in Dec '93 for Christmas (and yes, it did snow in the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains!!:)
Dec 18th 'International Migrant's Day'
Dec 16th Picked these red poppies in our garden this morning.
Dec 14th Rest In Peace Uncle Sean
(Sean Nolan Wicklow 12.12.14)
Dec 12th 'Only This World'
"Why put off to tomorrow
What we should do today;
The future's not ours to borrow
The price too high to pay"
Nov 28th 'Where Angels Rest'
Nov 25th 'The Promise' 'International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls'
Nov 20th 'Want To Tell You' - another silly love song from our latest CD (and what's wrong with that I ask you? :)
Nov 12th 2014 'Only This World'
Nov 9th 2014 'Make My Day'
"Walls were made to tumble,
Statues made to crumble,
Let's make this world a better place to share"
Nov 6: 'Living In The Here And Now'..."Thinking in the positive..."
Oct 31: Happy Halloween - not a trick just a real treat - this day 1997 'Make My Day' No.1 in the overall charts on SoundClick!!
Oct 31: "Let's unite in the war on disease" Sahara 'Let's Unite'
Oct 29: We've updated our website - welcome!:-)