How it’s New York: Rocker Damien Dempsey lived in the city years ago, working as a barback at Rocky Sullivan’s, when the bar existed at 29th and Lex.
How it’s Irish: Dempsey is called “The Irish Lion,” and Glen Hansard has said he’s like Atlas, shouldering the cares of the Irish. He’s an Irish working-class hero.
At the Bowery Ballroom this past Saturday night chants of ‘Damo, Damo’ filled the air and united fans as one in Almighty Love.
Dempsey brought fans to their feet with “Sing All Our Cares Away.”
‘We grow strong, or we fall’
“You will never kill our will to be free,”
“Love Yourself, Today”
Damien’s tour continues in the U.S. through 9/14: he’s in Philadelphia tonight, D.C. tomorrow, and the Michigan Irish Festival on the 13th and 14th. After that: the U.K. and Australia. Come back soon, Damo!
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