DAMIEN Dempsey returns to Limerick this Friday for a much anticipated gig, riding high on the success of It’s All Good - The Best Of, which has taken top spot in the Irish charts.
The success of the album shows there is plenty of life in the Donaghmede songwriter yet, whose career has taken in six top 10 studio albums over 15 years. He released three albums in quick succession between ‘03 and ‘07 - but took five years to release follow-up Almighty Love in 2012.
The troubadour told this reporter in 2012 that music was “like oxygen for me”.
“I would pay to do what I do. If I had to get a loan from the credit union just to do what I do and never get paid again, I would do it. I love it so much. I am blessed,” he said.
‘Damo’ said recently that he was a “long way from the end”, despite releasing the greatest hits - a contractual obligation with Sony - noting that he and producer John Reynolds had chosen songs for the album that “blend together, work well and flow”.
Clearly the public has responded to a superb collection of songs, while live he is captivating, delivering songs in spell-binding fashion.
Damien Dempsey plays Dolan’s Warehouse this Friday (doors 8pm, tickets €20). We have a pair of tickets to give away, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details