Damien Dempsey has announced he will return to Australia and New Zealand in March to undertake a national tour and festival appearances to celebrate the launch of his upcoming album “It’s All Good – The Best of Damien Dempsey”, a celebration of his career to date which encompasses six top 10 studio albums over 15 years.
The album will include fan favourites such as “Sing All Our Cares Away”, “It’s All Good”, “Colony”, “Almighty Love”, “Bustin’ Outta Here” and his No. 1 Christmas single “The Auld Triangle” with Glen Hansard, along with two new brand new tracks recorded especially for this release “Happy Days” and “St Patrick’s Brave Brigade”.
Damien has had an incredible 2013, following the release of his sixth studio album “Almighty Love” in September 2012. To mention but a few highlights: Damien sold out his Sydney Opera House St Patrick’s Day show followed by headline shows across Australia. The summer saw a support slot with Bruce Springsteen at Kilkenny Stadium, and his own headline show at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, whilst September brought his first US tour in 5 years, encompassing festivals and headline shows including a sold out Bowery Ballroom in New York. Damien toured Australia once more in November before heading back to Ireland for headline dates nationally before heading back to Vicar Street for his now traditional two Christmas gigs.
Tickets to Damien’s headline shows on sale Monday 6th January 2014
7th – 10th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Thursday 13th March – Mick O’Malley’s, BRISBANE
Friday 14th March – Prince Bandroom, MELBOURNE
Sunday 16th March – The Metro Theatre, SYDNEY
Monday 17th March – Capitol Theatre, PERTH
Saturday 22 March – The San Fran, Wellington, NZ
Thursday 27 March – Dux Live, Christchurch, NZ
Friday 28 March – Coronation Hall, Dunedin, NZ
Saturday 29 March – The Munster Inn, Auckland, NZ
April 11/12 – Gumball festival
April 17 – 21- National Folk Festival – Canberra
‘It’s All Good – The Best Of Damien Dempsey’ new album is out February 14, 2014 through FOUR | FOUR.
Legendary Irish singer / songwriter Damien Dempsey has had an incredible year, following the release of “Almighty Love” in October 2012.
To name but a few highlights: Damien sold out his Sydney Opera House St Patrick’s Day show followed by headline shows across Australia. The winter saw a support slot with Bruce Springsteen at Kilkenny Stadium, and his own headline show at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, whilst September brought Damien’s first US tour in 5 years, encompassing festivals and headline shows including a sold out Bowery Ballroom in New York.
Damien is undertaking a UK tour currently, before returning to Australian shores next month. He rounds off the year returning to Ireland for his late-November and December tour dates.
Damo has had an incredible career to date, releasing 6 albums since 2000. Early-2014 will see the release of Damien’s’ Best Of’ album, a celebration of Damien’s career to date.
Damien will be in Australia this November performing as part of the AWME festival and some select key shows also.
DAMIEN DEMPSEY – NOVEMBER TOUR DATES
Sunday November 10 – Sydney – The Vanguard (Sold Out)
Monday November 11 – Sydney – The Vanguard
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“Singer Damien Dempsey is a real working-class hero” – The Sunday Times
(Damo is joined by Dan Sultan for “Schooldays Over” at Bluesfest)
Troubadour Music and FOUR FOUR present DAMIEN DEMPSEY for a special one-night event for his fans with an exclusive Meet & Greet after the show.
Following a sell-out tour of Australia, Damien will play at Sydney’s Factory Theatre for one more intimate show before heading back to Ireland.
Dubbed “The Greatest Irish Singer of his Generation” (the Guardian) Damien’s gigs have seen him wow audiences across the globe, and due to an always busy touring schedule fans rarely get the chance to experience an evening like this.
Over the Easter long weekend, friend and acclaimed local musician Dan Sultan took the stage alongside Damien at BluesFest in Byron Bay, for a stirring rendition of the Luke Kelly classic ‘Schooldays Over’, a festival highlight for many. Dan returned to the stage for the band’s encore performance of The Pogues’ classic ‘Rainy Night In Soho’.
The audience will have an opportunity to meet Damien in a special Meet & Greet after the upcoming Factory Theatre show, making this a night not to be missed.
Secure your tickets now as this show is sure to sell out!
“the greatest Irish Singer of his generation” – The Guardian
“singer Damien Dempsey is a real working-class hero”– The Sunday Times
“for me he’s the best of Irish music”– Brian Eno
Since the release of his album“Almighty Love”in September last year, Damien Dempsey has sold out a 3 month tour of Ireland, sold out the Electric Ballroom in London, and confirmed an Australian tour for March 2013, including a headline show at Sydney Opera House on St Patrick’s Day, as well as featuring on TV and Radio shows across the UK and Ireland.
The new epic song, ‘Bustin Outta Here’ features Sinead O’Connor on backing vocals and is about taking control of your life and finding the positive.
Damien says “This song is about getting out of a situation that’s bad for you or breaking out of the headspace where you’re seeing the bad in everything, beating yourself up, neglecting your inner soul, afraid to be childlike… Don’t be beating yourself up, man. There’ll be plenty of people to do that for you.”
For Damien Dempsey, people and place are King. His voice is Dublin yet wholly distinctive, 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. Their kin outside Ireland are Springsteen and Guthrie, Dylan and Marley.
Damien is an award-winning artist, having won 6 prestigiousIrish Meteor Awards including Best Irish Male and Best Traditional Folk Award. His albums have topped the charts and gone Platinum, and he has been lauded by, among others, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Billboard, MOJO and The Sunday Times.
Since the release of his last album, Damien’s creativity has found other outlets also. One notable project was with Irish graffiti artist Maser, on a project entitled ‘They Are Us’. Maser & Damien first met after a message from Maser appeared on the side of a Dublin building “Damien Dempsey gives me hope”. The ‘They Are Us’ project grew out of this and had a real influence on people in Dublin.
It was even quoted by Edna O’ Brien in her internationally bestselling memoir ‘Country Girl’ “On a bridge on our way, I had read a sign that told it all, “Greed is the knife-the scars run deep”….”.
Maser has also directed the video for ‘Bustin’ Outta Here’. Check it out below:
”Damien hits you in the heart. His work is like a great movie.”– Paddy Considine