Damien Dempsey @Vicar Street 17/12/2008

dd_seize_1322_image_1After 100 gigs and a year outside of Ireland, Damien Dempsey returned to play to his home crowd last night. He is always most comfortable playing at Vicar Street. He’s guaranteed a good welcome and last night was no exception. Plenty of singing and he and his band put on one of the best shows I have certainly seen. I got the feeling he had been looking forward to this night for a long time. Once on the stage, we are greeted with a welcome we are all familiar with “Howyaz!”, quickly followed by “Party On” from his album “Shots”. From the off, we were treated to music from “They don’t teach…” right up to his latest offering “The Rocky Road”. I haven’t listened to this album as of yet but it contains gems that your parents would know, Irish traditional pieces side by side with Irish rebel ballads. A few I knew but I mostly mumbled the lyrics while looking around at the dedicated fans who knew each and every word inside out. I wouldn’t consider myself his biggest fan but he is gaining more and more of a fan base in Ireland…much better than the MTV pop thrash we are fed on a daily basis.
I arrived earlier as I wanted to catch the support slot. A Lazarus Soul (Official webpage) are an up and coming indiepop act from Dublin who sound a cross between Interpol and Joy Division. Their album “Graveyard of Burnt out Cars” (review) is a great listen and has received alot of airplay especially from Phantom Fm in Dublin.
Damien Dempsey is due to play tonight, the 18th of December, the 22nd of December in the Button Factory, and again on New Year’s Eve. The latter should be one to remember. I really feel that it’s only a matter of time before he plays to bigger arenas!

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