- 12 Mar 01
Adrienne Murphy speaks to Damien Dempsey about his debut album, politics, Bob Marley and having Christy Moore hanging on the telephone
If your average 24-year-old singer-songwriter told you that Christy Moore called him up out of the blue, praised his work and asked him to play support at a couple of gigs, you'd think you were dealing with a fantasist. But there's no bull to Damien Dempsey.
Like many true artists, this musician from Donaghmede, northside Dublin, is humble and unassuming to the point of self-effacement. Beneath the humility, however, is a sure confidence born of raw talent and originality.
No wonder Christy called Damien having heard him play in Dublin s International Bar. He was probably flattered by the fact that this young singer/guitarist bears more than a close resemblance to the maestro himself, both in stage presence and musical style. Certainly they share a passion and integrity which, like good poetry, drives straight to the heart.