On Sunday December 1 Danny Byrne’s welcomes singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey for a night of live music.
The northsider is known for his unique singing voice and emotional songs - his voice is Dublin yet wholly distinctive. It may be almost clichéd to say it, but he is part of a rich bloodline of Irish singers from Luke Kelly to Ronnie Drew, Christy Moore to Andy Irvine.
How do you describe Damien Dempsey’s music to someone who hasn’t yet been exposed to it? Take some reggae, fuse it with traditional Irish music, add in rock and folk and put it all through a grounded working class worldly aware yet caring consciousness, and you’re some bit of the way there.
Damien Dempsey is quite simply and unequivocally himself: Damo.
He’ll draw on Orwell and Kavanagh, on Chomsky and Joyce, but you probably won’t know that by listening to the album. It’ll just make sense if you happen to go looking for it.
Since his first live outings in the mid-1990s, Damien’s gigs have seen him wow audiences across the globe, and his performances have taken on a spiritual and soulful quality.
Damien will play Danny Byrne’s Mullingar on Sunday December 1.
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