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Shane MacGowan of The Pogues discusses the importance of Damien Dempsey and his song "Colony"

Shane MacGowan of The Pogues discusses the importance of Damien Dempsey and his song “Colony”!

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Shane on Damien Dempsey’s “Colony”



Damien Dempsey plays “Colony” Live

TBMC, Dec ’05



June 27, 2008 Posted by | Damien Dempsey, Music_Folk, Shane McGowan, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Damien Dempsey – The Rocky Road (2008)

Damien Dempsey- The Rocky Road (2008)
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Drank a pint of beer, me grief and tears to smother,
Then off to reap the corn, leave where I was born.

The title of this new one from Damo comes, of course , from the classic folk ballad “The Rocky Road To Dublin”.

Now, don’t be alarmed! Although Damien was a decent boxer, this is not some concept album about mumbler-supreme Sly Stallone walking around Ireland in flimsy flip-flops!

The bad news though is that Damien does plan a future concept album about mumbler-supreme Sly Stallone walking around Ireland in flimsy flip-flops and meeting up with Keef Richards and Mick Jagger! It will be called the Rocky Stones of Galway!

So here it is. The fifth LP, from Damo – aka the new Christy Moore! And a fine set of covers it is!

With some well known and some obscure tracks, Damo comes on like the long lost offspring of a bizarre union which took place in O’ Donoghues fine tavern on Merrion Row involving Tommy Makem, Ewan Mc Coll, Ronny Drew, Liam Clancy, Bessie Smith, a case of Jameson, Shane Mac Gowan, a trunk of ganja, Christy Moore, a gallon of poitin, a sile-na-gig, a lake of guinness, Brendan Behan and Cuchulainn!

Damien Dempsey & The Dubliners – Schooldays Over

The music here is fucking great! Timeless! Perfect! All masterfully performed by Dempsey!

This takes takes me right back to when I was a kid and the old man, after a few Jamesons, would play crazy ballads from the likes of the Dubliners, Makem & Clancy, Luke Kelly, The Clancy brothers, et al.

This is the sort of stuff which fired the imagination of a young Robert Zimmerman!

One of the many highlights is the great tribute Damo gives to one of his heroes Shane Mac Gowan in his low-key interpretation of Shane’s sublime A Rainy Night In Soho.

With two of the Dubliners, Messrs John Sheahan and Barney McKenna, in tow, there’s no stopping Dempsey!

Whack fol all the Ra indeed!

It was inevitable that Damien Dempsey would one day trawl through the long list of traditional folk songs to make an album which would set tills ringing at Fáilte Éireann, Carroll’s gift store and Dublin Airport’s Duty-Free shopping mall, as well as ex-pat stores from Brooklyn to Battersea.

That it has come so soon in his career is less surprising when one considers Sony-BMG’s evident desire to make hay while the sun shines. Dempsey is enjoying immense popularity here, across all age groups, and his label has jumped on this, releasing the man from Donaghmede’s fifth album in as many years. That’s without counting the hastily packaged ‘expanded edition’ of his previous album ‘To Hell or Barbados’.

With this in mind it would be easy to be cynical about this quickly put-together package of traditional cover versions. When any artist embarks on such an exercise, commercial considerations normally outweigh the creative. Dempsey, however, has always been that bit different.

Old head on young shoulders, the Dubliner has always rallied against certain young interests – dance music, pop music and drugs – and attempted to get them interested in the nation’s history as well as its music.

That seems a central impetus to ‘The Rocky Road’ as he’s endeavoured to pull together a fine collection of ballads, some well-known (‘The Rocky Road to Dublin’, ‘The Foggy Dew’) and others less-so (‘Schooldays Over’, ‘Hot Asphalt’), while enrolling Dubliners John Sheahan and Barney McKenna to ensure the musicianship demonstrates familiarity and love for the songs selected.

Dempsey, it goes without saying, adores the material and was born to sing these songs. The passion in his voice serves the lyrical content particularly well, most notably on an epic version of ‘The Foggy Dew’.

A slightly faster version of ‘The Hackler from Grouse Hall’ nods to Christy Moore, while Dempsey again nods to another hero in Shane MacGowan. Here, he delivers a poignant version of ‘A Rainy Night in Soho’, which he keeps relatively low-key so as to sit with the album’s back-room bar feel.

Nicely packaged with some interesting sleeve notes from Dempsey, as well as a full lyric sheet, ‘The Rocky Road’ is a better record than we might have expected. The quality of playing is of a high-standard and Dempsey’s voice has come on immensely since his somewhat forced style of five years ago.

Fans of Dempsey will lap up ‘The Rocky Road’, and no doubt learn something of their hero’s musical past. Those meanwhile looking for an introduction to the Irish traditional repertoire could do worse. Not as essential as some of his own work, but a fine exercise nonetheless.

– Steve Cummins


Damien Dempsey – The Rocky Road on Irish TV

Damien Dempsey performing The Rocky Road on Ireland Am, TV3, 19th June 2008

In the merry month of June from me home I started,
Left the girls of Tuam so sad and broken hearted,
Saluted father dear, kissed me darling mother,
Drank a pint of beer, me grief and tears to smother,
Then off to reap the corn, leave where I was born,
Cut a stout black thorn to banish ghosts and goblins;
Bought a pair of brogues rattling o’er the bogs
And fright’ning all the dogs on the rocky road to Dublin.
One, two, three four, five, Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky
road and all the way to Dublin, Whack follol de rah !

In Mullingar that night I rested limbs so weary, Started by daylight
next morning blithe and early, Took a drop of pure to keep me heart from sinking;
Thats a Paddy’s cure whenever he’s on drinking. See the lassies smile, laughing
all the while At me curious style, ‘twould set your heart a bubblin’
Asked me was I hired, wages I required, I was almost tired of the
rocky road to Dublin.
One, two, three four, five, Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky
road and all the way to Dublin, Whack follol de rah !

In Dublin next arrived, I thought it be a pity
To be soon deprived a view of that fine city.
So then I took a stroll, all among the quality;
Me bundle it was stole, all in a neat locality.
Something crossed me mind, when I looked behind,
No bundle could I find upon me stick a wobblin’
Enquiring for the rogue, they said me Connaught brogue
Wasn’t much in vogue on the rocky road to Dublin.
One, two, three four, five, Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky
road and all the way to Dublin, Whack follol de rah !

From there I got away, me spirits never falling,
Landed on the quay, just as the ship was sailing.
The Captain at me roared, said that no room had he;
When I jumped aboard, a cabin found for Paddy.
Down among the pigs, played some hearty rigs,
Danced some hearty jigs, the water round me bubbling;
When off Holyhead wished meself was dead,
Or better for instead on the rocky road to Dublin.
One, two, three four, five, Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky
road and all the way to Dublin, Whack follol de rah !

Well the boys of Liverpool, when we safely landed,
Called meself a fool, I could no longer stand it.
Blood began to boil, temper I was losing;
Poor old Erin’s Isle they began abusing.
“Hurrah me soul” says I, me Shillelagh I let fly.
Some Galway boys were nigh and saw I was a hobble in,
With a load “hurray !” joined in the affray.
We quietly cleared the way for the rocky road to Dublin.
One, two, three four, five, Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky
road and all the way to Dublin, Whack fol all the Ra !


Tracklisting

1. The Rocky Road To Dublin
2. Schooldays Over
3. A Rainy Night In Soho
4. The Twang Man
5. Sullivan John
6. Kelly From Killan/The Teetotaler
7. The Foggy Dew
8. Hot Asphalt
9. Night Visiting Song
10.The Hackler From Grouse Hall/The Monaghan Jig
11. Madam I’m A Darlin’

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