Damien Leith may be a fully fledged Aussie these days, but that doesn’t for a moment mean that he hasn’t forgotten the part his homeland of Ireland played in his life journey. So with his new album ‘Songs From Ireland’, he aims to pay tribute to some of the country’s most-loved songs, bringing the likes of Sharon Corr and the late Bing Crosby along for the ride.
“The main thing for me with this album is that I created something that was authentically Irish,” Damien says of the new release, which sees him back with his original home of Sony Music.
“It has all the traditional elements; the fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and bodhran, all of those great sounds that make up traditional Irish music. I’ve tried to be as real as possible, whilst also being true to my style as well.”
Recorded in both Sydney and Dublin, the LP features classic songs such as ‘Molly Malone’, ‘Galway Girl’, ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ and, naturally, the inimitable ‘Danny Boy’.
‘Songs From Ireland’ will hit stores on Friday March 13.
To celebrate its release, Damien has revealed he’ll head out on tour in the middle of the year for a swag of live shows across the Eastern states (below), tickets for which are on sale next Monday.
May 08 : Milton (Milton Theatre)
May 09 : Illawarra (Illawarra Performing Arts Centre)
May 14 : Gladstone (Entertainment Centre)
May 15 : Maryborough (Brolga Theatre)
May 16 : Brisbane (QPAC)
May 23 : Medlow Bath (Hydro Majestic)
June 04 : Griffith (Regional Theatre)
June 05 : Wagga Wagga (Civic Theatre)
June 06 : Albury (Entertainment Centre)
June 13 : Canterbury (Canterbury Leagues Club)
June 19 : Penrith (Evan Theatre)
June 20 : Dee Why (Dee Why RSL)
June 26 : Port Macquarie (Glasshouse)
June 27 : Newcastle (Lizotte’s)
July 10 : Melbourne (The Palms At Crown)
July 11 : Morwell (Latrobe Performing Arts Centre)
July 18 : Canberra (Street Theatre)
July 25 : Central Coast (Mingara Recreation Club)
July 30 : Horsham (Wesley Performing Arts Centre)
July 31 : Geelong (GPAC)
August 01 : Wangaratta (Performing Arts Centre)
August 14 : Hobart (Wrestpoint Entertainment Centre)
August 15 : Launceston (Country Club)
August 16 : Burnie (Arts & Function Centre)
September 19 : Coffs Harbour (Jetty Theatre)