Fresh from a triumphant headlining show at The Iveagh Gardens in Dublin and the rare privilege of a support slot with Bruce Springsteen in Kilkenny, Damien Dempsey has officially confirmed two brand new Vicar Street Dublin shows for 2013. Music Scene is delighted to reveal that Damien Dempsey will be performing live on stage at Vicar Street in Dublin on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of December 2013. Tickets for Damien Dempsey live at Vicar Street in Dublin are priced from €30 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for Damien Dempsey live at Vicar Street in Dublin this coming December 2013.
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Damien Dempsey’s 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.
On his new album ‘Almighty Love’, Damien Dempsey’s sense of place reaches out beyond Donaghmede and North Bull Island, where he first performed in public as a teenager, across the Irish Sea and further afield.
The locale is still in the lyrics. It’s there in the hauntingly poetical ‘Chris and Stevie’, a tribute to male bonding and grief. You can hear it in ‘Canadian Geese’ – large migratory birds whose flight path took them past Damien Dempsey‘s boyhood window. It’s there also in the references to railway tracks and waves, visible from the rooftops of Damien Dempsey’s childhood home. Those railway tracks took Dempsey and his boyhood friends out into their own imaginations and he hasn’t forgotten.
Almighty Love goes on a journey of a different kind. Damien Dempsey, at 37 years old, has already said so much about self and state that trying to plough over old ground wouldn’t have been artistically challenging or fresh. So instead, he has given us an album of confidence and maturity, which has a more global sound to it and a broader scope. It is at once bigger and quieter, still rallying against injustice, yet with a more reflective and thoughtful tone, communicated more widely.
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