ALBUM REVIEW: DAMIEN LEITH – SONGS FROM IRELAND (2015 LP)
It’s almost been 10 years since Damien Leith won our hearts winning Australian Idol in 2006. Since then, the ARIA award winning artist has released 2 novels and 7 albums, and in March 2015, is set to release Songs From Ireland – a celebratory nod to his musical homeland.
While it’s not traditionally Irish or Damien Leith-sound (but it’s pretty damn close!); it’s a harmonious mix of both that will please Damien Leith fans and Irish-music enthusiasts alike.
If you close your eyes and listen to the sounds of the traditional elements: the fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and bodhran, you can’t help but be transported to that local pub, the crashing-shores on a moody Irish coastline, the live band playing in the corner and you, with a pint of ale in your hand.
“Galway Girl” (with Sharon Shannon) and “Rocky Road To Dublin” makes you want to dance. It’s a song that promotes the joy and festivity that Ireland is known for. Damien’s cover of Ireland’s famous “Danny Boy” and “Carrickfergus” is beautifully soulful and heartfelt. While the mellow “Red Is The Rose”, “Song For Ireland” and “Raglan Road” allows Damien’s vocal control and abilities to shine.
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