Damien Leith chats with The Music Garden
There is no doubt about it, Damien Leith is a man of many talents. The soft spoken musician with the Irish-accent has earned his way into the hearts of Australian audiences and is revered for not only his performances as an incredible singer-songwriter, but also author and playwright. Now Melbourne music fans and art-lovers alike have the chance to get a glimpse into another side of Damien as he brings his acclaimed one man cabaret play The Parting Glass to Chapel Off Chapel for two very special performances.
The Parting Glass made its debut at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival where it received a rousing response. The musical play, which takes place in an Irish pub, sees Damien take on the role of both a father and a son as they get to the bottom of a deep secret that has haunted them both. It is filled with humour and emotion, and, as you would expect from any pub setting in Ireland, it features a live band.
Every aspect of the The Parting Glass was carefully thought out, including the music selection. Having the live band really does give that ‘sitting in a pub having a pint’ atmosphere. “The music throughout the show is Irish music,” Damien says. “There is a collection of songs that I have just loved for years, songs like Danny Boy, Rocky Road to Dublin… the band play all the traditional instruments, fiddle, tin whistle, bodhran – it is a real Irish experience. You’ve got the drama side of it and the rousing Irish music.”