The gritty Irish star, famed for mixing traditional Irish folk with contemporary lyrics to deliver hard hitting social commentary, will be joined by the SOMA Festival house band.
Although Dempsey released his debut single Dublin Town in 1997 it wasn’t until he re-recorded on his They Don’t Teach This Shit in School album in 2000 that he began to be noticed by the industry.
One To Watch
Outspoken singer Sinead O’Connor spotted his talent and immediately invited him on tour with him championing Dempsey as “one to watch”. At the time she said: “I don’t think there’s ever been anyone like him. I think he represents the sort of voice in Ireland that is not allowed to be heard.”
Dempsey will take to the stage at St. Malachy’s GAC, 30 Circular Road, Castlewellan on Thursday July 19.
He will be joined on stage by the SOMA Festival house band consisting of leading uilleann piper Jarlath Henderson, master percussionist Liam Bradley, talented keyboard player Graham Henderson and top cellist Kate Ellis.
Country And Culture
Dempsey’s wide appeal lies in his ability to understand and interpret the sufferings and wrongs inflicted upon the working class, his deep-rooted love of his country and culture, and his unwavering commitment to singing songs with a message, delivering hope (and indeed love) to his many fans and ardent admirers have made him one of Ireland’s most famous acts.
Running from July 18-22 across Castlewellan in Co Down The SOMA Festival is an annual festival full of concerts, workshops, art exhibitions, storytelling, poetry, health & wellbeing fair and various family events across the week.
Festival director Tiona McSherry said: “Damien Dempsey makes for a fantastic addition to our already amazing line up this year that includes Sharon Shannon and Paul Brady amongst a whole host of other fantastic local and national acts.
“Damien’s unique style is one we’re all looking forward to hearing as part of this year’s festival.”