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Damien Dempsey


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Damien Dempsey is from Donaghmede on Dublin’s Northside.

His earliest musical influences were the post-pub singsongs that his parents used to have at their home when he was a toddler. Good, bad or indifferent, everyone had to sing. Today his unique sound reflects the influence of traditional Sean-Nós as well as his musical heroes: Bob Marley and Elvis Presley.

After completing his secondary education Damien went on to the Ballyfermot “Rock School” for 2 years where he studied musical performance as well as the practical side of the music industry. The school had its own small record label and star students were awarded a release on the label. Damien was chosen for that honour and the EP, “The Contender”, was released in 1995.

In 1997 “Dublin Town”, Damien’s first commercial single, reached No. 18 in the Irish charts. Ireland’s HOT PRESS remarked that it was “…an underground anthem for disaffected youth and closet balladeer alike”. A re-recorded version of the song appeared on Damien’s first album; “They Don’t Teach This Shit In School” released in 2000.

His next release, the “Negative Vibes EP”, (2002) featured Sinéad O’Connor on the title track and led to an invitation to support Sinéad on her 2002/2003 Irish, UK and European tour.


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  • clearskies

    The Best of Damo is already up on Spotify. Nice.

    17 Feb 2014 Reply
  • KicknGuitar

    His latest, All Mighty Love, is very much Damo as usual. With the high focus on production quality found in this latest release is comparable of to Hell or Barbados if not better than. If you're a Damo fan you'll enjoy this latest beauty, from Damo's own style of love songs to dispatching politics to the inferno. Check out , All Mighty Love and Fire in the Glen. While Canadian Geese hints at an earlier style of Damo, where Good and Great really hits home with his rhythmic vocals. Community has the touch of Damo's newer production style. 'Nuff of me talking, just listen to the whole album, it's another great album by our beloved Damo.

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Fuckingbrutalit

    'Tyrannosaur' brought me here

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DapeVonDoom

    thought the album was ok when I first listened but after a second I think it's fantastic, I'm still waiting for him to come back to NYC man I missed him the last time he came to brooklyn twice. Hoping he comes soon!

    27 Dec 2012 Reply
  • BuckleZ

    Damo's top listener :D

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • clearskies

    No matter where he plays, the die hards will be there..I have seen him in Vicar Street a number of times, and it was absolutely crazy up the front!! I have given the album a few listens today and "really" like it. Born without hate is fantastic! Same with Community!

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Gruntplace

    Had a few listens and I like it! Saw him a few weeks back too in the National Concert Hall and was great although only played a couple off this Album. Talk about a mixed crowd that night, the usual die hards plus a lot that I'd say were new and they all loved it. Go Damo

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • clearskies

    Just downloaded Almighty Love...not sure what to think of it.

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • jrtibbetts

    "Almighty Love," Damo's new album, will be released at the end of September. According to his Web site, Sinéad O'Connor will appear on three songs.'s%20new%20album%20news.aspx

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • im_in_limbo

    'Tyrannosaur' brought me here[2]

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • yiyu8908

    who can help me?! i can't find his song in China!

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • GersonCouto

    Love his songs!!

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
  • scribler

    found you

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • bethereattheend

    Love this guy. COME PLAY IN THE STATES Pleaseeeeee

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • SarahCondon

    I miss your gigs Damo!! :(

    19 May 2011 Reply
  • lewisdavid

    Hi Damo Looking forward to your Scottish gigs in August .....I'm going to seize both days.. Lewis

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Gusterr

    ah, this is crap

    10 Jan 2011 Reply
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  • Saint_Si

    To put it simply... Leg-end.

    20 Jul 2010 Reply
  • teknopaddy

    Yo yo Damo. Im gonna be seeing you this Thursday in Kilburn. Larry Love out of Alabama 3 and his manager are coming too. Alabama 3 do the theme tune to sorpranos (woke up this morning). He would like to meet you, so if it sounds good to you let me know so we can sort it out. 14th march

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
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