If you missed Damien Leith’s St Patrick’s Day Message
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, with a new album under his belt – Songs from Ireland – music fans and art-lovers alike will have the chance to get a glimpse into another side of Damien as he takes his acclaimed one man cabaret play The Parting Glass: An Irish Journey on the road.
The Parting Glass made its debut at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival where it received a rousing response. More recently, it played a sell-out show at The Joan in Sydney and Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne, receiving standing ovations at both venues. 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.”
After the success of the cabaret festival, it was always Damien’s intention to take the show out on the road, it just took a couple of years to find time between his other musical commitments. “I’ve been meaning to do it for a long time,” he says. “We got an incredible response [at the cabaret festival] – standing ovations – getting such a great response I wanted to bring it on the road.”
Damien Leith first captured the hearts of the Australian public in the 2006 reality television show Australian Idol. Since then he has enjoyed platinum selling albums and multiple awards including ARIAs, MTV Australia Video Music Awards and Helpmann Awards. In addition to his incredible musical successes, he has also hosted and co- hosted multiple television shows and penned two novels.
His new album, Songs From Ireland – released on Friday 13th March – celebrates Damien’s heritage and delivers another chapter in the creative life of this remarkable singer. Recorded in Sydney and Dublin, it features contributions from Sharon Corr, Sharon Shannon and, via the wonders of modern technology, the late Bing Crosby.
The Parting Glass certainly continues to demonstrate Damien’s versatility as a performer, making a seamless transition on stage from acting to singing. Audiences will be taken on a journey, invited into the snug Irish pub with two endearing characters – they may laugh, they may cry – but they’ll certainly be entertained.
“The rousing renditions of traditional Irish songs were a highlight…” – Anna Vlach, Adelaide Advertiser
“An entertaining, Irish-flavoured experience courtesy of a talented performer.” – Jamie Wright, Theatre Guide Australia.
Damien Leith’s new album Songs From Ireland is released through Sony Music on Friday 13th March 2015. Tickets for The Parting Glass: An Irish Journey are on sale now. Visit Damien’s website for Tour Dates.