Damien Dempsey

Starts 04 Feb 2022
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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 latest album Almighty Love, 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 Dempsey's boyhood window. It’s there also in the references to railway tracks and waves, visible from the rooftops of 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. 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.
 
Essentially, Almighty Love adds yet another batch of soulful, stirring, moving and powerful songs to Dempsey's already impressive canon of work, a collection up there with classic albums Seize the Day and Shots, and a reminder of his unique role in Irish culture.
Damien Dempsey

Co.Cavan

Hotel Kilmore
04 Feb 2022
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Co. Offaly

Bridge House Hotel
11 Feb 2022
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Wexford

Crown Live
12 Feb 2022
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Bantry

The Maritime Hotel and Suites
18 Feb 2022
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Roisin Dubh
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Brixton

Electric Brixton
19 Mar 2022
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Camden Town

The Electric Ballrooom
19 Mar 2022
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Co. Mayo

Royal Theatre and Event Centre
01 Apr 2022
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Westmeath

Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone
08 Apr 2022
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Co. Tipperary

CLONMEL PARK HOTEL
09 Apr 2022
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Wicklow

The Arklow Bay Hotel
15 Apr 2022
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Carlow

Woodford Dolmen Hotel
16 Apr 2022
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Drogheda

Crescent Concert Hall
22 Apr 2022
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Belfast

Empire Music Hall
03 Jun 2022
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Dublin

Iveagh Gardens
09 Jul 2022
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