Damien Dempsey announces two gigs for St Patrick's festivities

Mon, Nov 30, 2015

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DAMIEN DEMPSEY, one of Ireland's greatest contemporary songwriters, has announced he will play two gigs in the Róisín Dubh in 2016 - Wednesday March 16 and Thursday 17, St Patrick's Day.

Damien is currently working on his new album, provisionally titled Soul Son, which he says "will be a bit different" from his previous works. "Soul Son is about the light that shines from within," Damien told me when I interviewed him earlier this year. "They're spiritual songs about new beginnings. We've been pushed away from spirituality by the scandals in the church, by what was done in the industrial schools, by the hierarchy not letting women say Mass, or not letting priests marry.

"The Irish were always very spiritual people, going back to the Celts, the spirit of the land, the sea, the river. In these songs I'm trying to get people to believe in something, the light within; you could say they are songs about 'keeping the faith' - I don't have a name for what that faith is, but it is there, it is something."


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