- 25 Jun 08
Damien Dempsey's adoration for traditional Irish balladry has inspired the Bard of Donaghmede to record his most powerful album yet.
A burly, socio-politically savvy troubadour informed by Woody Guthrie, Luke Kelly, agit-prop hip-hop and reggae, singing in his native Donaghmede-ese? When Damien Dempsey released his debut album They Don’t Teach This Shit In School back in 2000, he seemed like just the antidote to the culturally amnesiac wasteland of metropolitanised, moneymad 21st Century Ireland. His peers seemed to think so too, with Christy Moore, Morrissey, Shane MacGowan, Sinéad O’Connor and Robert Plant lining up to sing his praises. Jah Wobble, Sinéad and Eno collaborator John D Reynolds loved Dempsey’s songs so much he elected to record them for cost on studio downtime.
The Rocky Road gets a live airing at The Stables, Mullingar (July 4); Dolan's, Limerick (5); DeBarra's, Clonakilty (6); The Thatch, Tullamore (10); and Leisure Lounge, Galway (18 as part of the Sharon Shannon Big Band).