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5.0 out of 5 stars Roots!, 13 Dec. 2009
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Liam Mckenny (New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Rocky Road (Audio CD)
This is the best traditional music album I've heard in a long time. Any Irish person with any interest in music will find the songs and melodies familiar. Damo has not created anything new here. He has not changed the melodies and essential arrangements of these old songs that so many of us grew up hearing; but what makes this album 5 stars for me is the passion of Damo's delivery.
On the recording you can hear a man in love with his culture and musical heritage. Damo is just as passionate singing 'The Rocky Road to Dublin' as he is singing his own amazing compositions like 'Colony' or 'Sing Our Cares Away'. Fan's of Damo's own material should be able to understand why he should make a recording like this and do it so damn perfectly!
With this album, Damo has re-ingited the fire that created these songs in the first place and reclaimed their beauty from the dreary, whiney ballad singers up and down the country and around the world. A fire kept burning over the years by the likes of Luke Kelly, whose passion and delivery Damo emulates beautifully here.
The musicianship and production is perfect for a collection of traditional songs like this and in my opinion far outshines Damo's friend Sinead O'Connor's 'Sean Nos Nua' recording from a few years ago which was equally well meaning but by far lacking in the Raw Power of 'The Rocky Road'.
If you love Damo and you love great irish music in all it many guises, you'll love 'The Rocky Road'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Covered in glory, 24 Aug. 2008
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Mr. M. J. Turner "Saucebag" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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A collection of Trad Arr tunes from Damo here so unfair to compare it to his previous 3 records.

Aided and abetted by John Sheahan and Barney McKenna of Dubliners fame for added authenticity Dempsey does justice and more to a clearly studiously picked selection of Irish songs, the highlights being a sumptuous rendition of The Pogues "Rainy Night In Soho" and a stab at coming-of-age ditty "Schooldays Over" which had all manner of lumps rising in my throat.

Not original material maybe but still vital nonetheless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top man and top album, 6 Feb. 2014
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This is a great album with some wonderful renditions of traditional Irish songs supported by wonderful musicians and legends including members of the Dubliners. Damien is a powerful singer with a fantastic ear for a rhythm and beat. Get it, turn it up loud and open your windows
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good versions of Some Irish Classics, 18 May 2014
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King Eric (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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I have never bought any of Damians music before but hearing this first at my brothers house -i liked his arrangements of these irish classics. Excellent singing and playing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars baton passed successfully, 10 July 2014
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It is heartening to see that the baton carried manfully for the last thirty years by Christy Moore and Shane MacGowan is now being carried by the next generation in the shape of Damien Dempsey . A fine piece of tiddley eye tie tie .
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