DAMIEN DEMPSEY


"Oh Holy Night" (Track 11)

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Damien Dempsey was born in Donaghmede on Dublin’s Northside, and has come to be regarded as the pre-eminent Irish singer songwriter. Mixing traditional Irish folk with contemporary lyrics, in both English and, to a lesser extent, Irish, to deliver social comment on the positive and negative aspects arising from Ireland's ‘Celtic Tiger’ society . The Irish Examiner wrote that “…he now stands as one of the most important and evocative Irish singers of all time.” In March 2000, ‘They Don’t Teach This Shit In School’, established Dempsey as an exciting new talent and attracted the attention of Sinéad O'Connor who took Dempsey out on tour and championed him as an important new talent. His second album, ‘Seize The Day’, released in May 2003, featured contributions from Brian Eno and Sinéad O'Connor and began a successful relationship with renowned producer, John Reynolds. ‘Seize The Day’ marked an artistic leap for Dempsey. He had matured as a writer and was garnering praise from some of the most prestigious publications in the world. But it was with ‘Shots’ in 2005 that Dempsey delivered his masterpiece and his defining album. Backed by Eno, John Reynolds and Justin Adams, the music achieved a new finesse and songs like “Sing All Our Cares Away” and “Not on Your Own Tonight” were bracing views of Irish society that were both shocking and compassionate. Damien graces us with his accapella version of the classic Christmas hymn, ‘Oh Holy Night.’

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