Born on Dublin's Northside in 1975, Damien Dempsey is the quintessential Irish singer songwriter.
Damien's fanatical audience identify with a singer who has emerged from the working-class streets of Dublin's Northside with his powerful self-belief intact, and a storyteller's eye for detail in the writing and delivery of his songs. His concerts can be almost spiritual occasions - with fans singing along to every word.
Described by The Times as "the Bob Marley of Ireland" and by the Irish Examiner as "one of the most important and evocative singers of all time" his stage presence was nurtured by the legendary folk singer Christy Moore who, in mentoring a shy young Dempsey, advised him, "if you're nervous, tell the audience you're nervous". And Dempsey himself says: "The audience has always been with me. They feel what I feel."
Damien has released 5 original studio albums since his debut in 1997 which established him as an exciting new talent and attracted the attention of Sinéad O'Connor and the Hot House Flowers, who took him on tour. But it was with Shots in 2005 that Dempsey delivered his defining album.
Backed by Brian Eno, John Reynolds and Justin Adams, the music achieved a new finesse with songs like Sing All Our Cares Away and Not on Your Own Tonight. He has toured the world, playing his own headline shows and supporting legends such as Bob Dylan, Morrissey, Sinead O'Connor, The Pogues and Willie Nelson, and even U2 at their 2009 Croke Park show in Dublin on the first night of their 360 tour.
In 2008 he recorded a set of traditional songs with the Dubliners for his album, The Rocky Road, and in September 2012 Damien will release his new studio album.
"one of the most important and evocative singers of all time" Irish Examiner
"Magnificent... [inspires] a level of devotion in his fans as fiercely passionate as his music." The Scotsman *****
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