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12 November 2014

Damien Dempsey to play O2 Academy Liverpool

Damien Dempsey O2 Academy Liverpool

Damien Dempsey to play O2 Academy Liverpool

Academy Events, in association with St Michael’s Irish Centre, Liverpool, are proud to announce that legendary Irish singer-songwriter, Damien Dempsey, will play O2 Academy Liverpool on Saturday 14th March, before he heads to the capital to perform at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on St Patricks Day. Damien will be joined by local hero Ian Prowse; the man behind legendary bands Amsterdam and Pele and also has solo appearances at Glastonbury and Liverpool’s very own Echo Arena under his belt.

Tickets are priced at just £18.50, with £1.50 from each ticket sold going towards the important work undertaken in Merseyside by St Michael’s Irish Centre. This charity in the heart of Liverpool is the hub for the Irish community. Hosting activities and events for people of all ages to ensure Irish culture thrives, the Irish centre also organises specific projects for its more vulnerable members.

A Damien Dempsey concert is a unique experience; emotional, boisterous, heart-lifting and like a musical rollercoaster. There really is no other show like it. Combining the spirit and atmosphere of a football match, Damien’s gigs are a celebration of music that can, in the matter of minutes, move from a rowdy mass sing-song to moments of pure reflection.  

Great music, like all great art, is a conversation. It isn’t off-the-shelf, approved-formula entertainment and Damien Dempsey is living proof. He doesn’t avoid tricky subjects such as suicide, addiction, poverty or subjugation, yet his sense of empathy, love and community all conspire to create an atmosphere of optimism. His voice is booming and proud. His band brings together the ancient and the modern in a rock-steady groove. His songs are melodic gems, real-life stories.

Throughout his 15 year career as one of Ireland’s most important artists, Damien has been heralded by many internationally acclaimed musicians from around the globe. His voice is pure Dublin yet wholly distinctive, almost clich├ęd to say it, but he is part of a rich bloodline of Irish singers from Luke Kelly to Ronnie Drew, Christy Moore to Andy Irvine. Their kin outside Ireland are Springsteen and Guthrie, Dylan and Marley.

In 2013 he released ‘It’s All GoodThe Best Of…’ a reminder that songs like Apple of My Eye, Canadian Geese, Colony and many more are classics that will remain forever stirring documents of Irish identity.

** TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE SATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER AT 9AM**

Tickets available from ticketweb.co.uk  or 0844 477 2000
O2 customers can buy tickets via o2priority.co.uk/tickets from Thursday 13th November at 9am

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