Fresh from two sold out shows at Dublin’s Vicar Street in December, Damien Dempsey has officially confirmed a brand new set of Irish tour dates for 2014. Music Scene is delighted to reveal that Damien Dempsey will be performing live on stage at The Button Factory in Dublin on Wednesday the 12th and Thursday the 13th of February 2014. Tickets for Damien Dempsey live at The Button Factory in Dublin are priced from €28 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for Damien Dempsey live at The Button Factory in Dublin this coming February 2014.
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These two shows will 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 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 latest studio 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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