Damien Dempsey – The 2014 Tour
Not for Damien Dempsey the carefree lyrics of your ordinary popular music.
This heavy-hitting, soulful singer-songwriter takes on social justice issues for an evening of meaningful, melodious entertainment.
Don't miss this Irish troubadour when he stops at a venerable venue near you in either Boston, MA or New York, NY. Can't find
a location near you? No worries! Damien Dempsey will be adding a ton of exciting new tour dates and will certainly be passing
through your corner of the world. Stay up to date with all of Dempsey's latest tour stops right here on StubHub.
he's bringing his rocking contemporary Irish folk to the premier Brighton Music Hall in Boston or the artsy Highline Ballroom
in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, Damien Dempsey puts on a performance you most certainly will not want to pass over. Don't
miss the opportunity to witness one of Ireland's most important and moving musical talents live and in person – get
your tickets now!
About Damien Dempsey
Hailing from the Donaghmede district of Dublin, Damien Dempsey
found early musical inspiration in jams held in his house by his parents and their friends after they had come home from the
pub. This artistic environment helped Dempsey find his love for performers such as Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, and Christy
Moore. As a troubled teenager, he found a solace in Marley's music that later inspired him to create similarly hopeful songs
for young people today. In his early years, Dempsey's introversion would lead to the rapid development of his vocal and guitar
skills. Socially conscious from the beginning, he impressed his family with a tune about air pollution.
and competing as a professional boxer, Dempsey dedicated himself to music and enrolled at the Ballyfermot College of Further
Education, known locally as the "Rock School." Upon completion of his two-year degree, he would release his first EP, "The
Contender" on the school's own label.
Finding himself without a job after graduation, he spent a lot of time at public
libraries. It was here that he became acquainted with the Irish storytelling figure called the "seanchai." His respect and
identification for this role would inspire him for much of his future musical career.
After the release of his first
commercial single, "Dublin Town," he would be noticed by Sinead O'Conner. O'Conner played a large role in Dempsey's fledgling
career by promoting his talent and using him as her opener on tours, and Dempsey featured her on his 2002 "Negative Vibes
EP." He would also get the attention of Morrisey, who invited him to perform on his U.K., Irish, and U.S. tours. He would
also get Dempsey a deal with Morrisey's own Attack label. Dempsey would also tour with The Levellers, Sharon Shannon's Big
Band, and Willie Nelson.
Dempsey has remained a prolific artist, producing five more studio albums, a live album and,
most recently, a best of album. 2014 marked the tour in support of his best of album, entitled It's All Good.
Dempsey's first taste of fame came when his family encouraged him to enter a contest on 2FM, a popular national
radio program in Ireland, and he subsequently came in second with the song "Cardboard City" that described his experience
He would make his mark with his 1997 single "Dublin Town." The song peaked at number eighteen in
the Irish music charts, and garnered glowing praise from Ireland's Hot Press magazine. His second studio album, Seize the
Day (2003), is Dempsey's unforgettable, uncompromising opus about his home country. The album would meet with enthusiastic
reviews and high sales, peaking at number five in the Irish charts and eventually going double platinum. Dempsey's next two
albums would find considerable success as well. 2005's Shots climbed to number eighteen in Ireland, and 2007's To Hell or
Barbados would soar to number two.
Dempsey has also cleaned up at Ireland's Meteor Music Awards, snagging no less than
six wins. In 2004, 2008, and 2009 he would win Best Folk/Traditional Act. In 2006 and 2007 he would win Best Irish Male, and
in 2004 he would also win Best Irish Country/Roots Artist.
Dempsey made his film debut in 2011
with the crime movie Between the Canals. He played Paul Chambers, the leader of an organized crime outfit. The movie was highly
praised for its energetic rawness by The Irish Times.
The Damien Dempsey Concert Experience
out about the real Ireland today, and experience a cascade of musical skill as well! After almost two decades in the commercial
music scene, Dempsey retains his strident vocals and raw spirit that will be sure to rouse and enlighten you. Grounded in
traditional Irish music and well-versed contemporary issues and styles, Dempsey confidently sprinkles in hints of reggae that
come off beautifully. Whether he's playing his newest tracks or powering through his soulful hits like "Patience," Dempsey
puts on a display of Irish and contemporary musicianship that you do not want to miss.