Seventeen years into an astonishing career, Damien Dempsey released his new studio album ‘Soulsun’ in May 2017. It features duets with Dido and Imelda May and is without doubt Damien’s most exciting work to date. Soulsun was recorded with long-term producer and collaborator John Reynolds in north London, the striking cover art was created by renowned Dublin graphic artist Maser, who Dempsey worked with on large-scale mural works and the title track is accompanied by a colourful and life-affirming video directed by legendary rock photographer Steve Gullick.
Damien Dempsey’s debut album in 2000, They Don’t Teach This Shit in School, set him apart as a unique and important voice, championed from an early stage in his career by Sinéad O’Connor. The follow-up, Seize the Day, marked the beginning of his relationship with producer John Reynolds, picking up many awards and leading to extensive international tours. Commercial and critical suc- cess continued with the release of the No. 1 album, Shots (2005), backed by Brian Eno, and To Hell or Barbados (2007), which debuted at No.2 in the Irish charts.
Renowned for his searing live shows, Damien curated and played at the inaugural Damofleadh on St Patricks Day 2018 at the Roundhouse in London. Damien is touring in Australia and then back in Ireland this Autumn with 3 night’s sold out at Dublin’s Vicar Street in December with a 4th added due to demand.