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Watch Damien Dempsey revisiting his classic 2003 album Seize The Day below.
His iconic second album, Seize The Day (2003) – which marked the beginning of his musical partnership with producer John Reynolds – is the topic of discussion, as he sits down with Hot Press's Lucy O’Toole as part of an intimate show, filmed in The Grand Social, Dublin. As well as listening to treasured tracks from the project, featuring the likes of Sinéad O’Connor and Brian Eno, Damo treats the captivated audience to acoustic performances of live favourites like ‘It’s All Good’, ‘Apple Of My Eye’ and ‘Ghosts Of Overdoses’.
The latest show is the third of six, marking the halfway point in the series, which is being broadcast every Thursday.
As part of our Up Close and Personal series, we selected six seminal Irish albums, crossing decades and genres, and took a deep dive into each LP. Chronicling important developments and historic moments – from the release of Planxty in 1973 to Villagers' Awayland in 2013 – the Up Close and Personal series explores 40 years of Irish music history, with eye-opening new revelations and reflections shared by the artists at the centre of the albums. For fans, students and practitioners of Irish music, it's an unmissable series.
“These six special events turned out to be absolutely brilliant nights,” Hot Press editor Niall Stokes enthuses. “There was such a sense of occasion, and also of warmth. It was fantastic – and inspiring – to hear the artists recall the circumstances surrounding the release of the records and to hear them talk in detail about the way wonderful songs are written, and great albums come together."
The full line-up, going live at 7pm each night, includes:
- Gemma Hayes – Night On My Side (January 20) – Presented by Lucy O’Toole
- Mary Coughlan – Tired & Emotional (January 27) – Presented by Paul Nolan
- Damien Dempsey – Seize The Day (February 3) – Presented by Lucy O’Toole
- Ash (Tim Wheeler) – 1977 (February 10) – Presented by Paul McLoone
- Villagers (Conor J. O’Brien) – Awayland (February 17) – Presented by Paul McLoone
- Planxty (Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny) – Planxty (February 24) – Presented by Pat Carty
Watch Up Close and Personal with Damien Dempsey on the Hot Press YouTube channel:
This special series of intimate conversations, is produced in association with Aidan Shortall of Up Close and Personal Promotions and supported by the Live Performance Support Scheme and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. Our thanks to all the participants.
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