Thursday 22 February 2018

Dempsey and Stockton's Wing billing at Sligo Live

Damien Dempsey will team up with Stockton's Wing at Sligo Live this October 29th
Damien Dempsey will team up with Stockton's Wing at Sligo Live this October 29th

Two superstars of Irish folk, Damien Dempsey and Stockton's Wing, are teaming up at Sligo Live next month.

The double-bill will take place in the Knocknarea Arena at IT Sligo on Bank Holiday Sunday, 29th October.

Promoters say it's a rare opportunity to see both artists live on stage in Sligo. Stockton's Wing were regular visitors in their heyday and songs like Beautiful Affair, Skidoo and Walk Away provided the theme music to a whole generation. Damien Dempsey played Sligo Live's inaugural Festival in 2005.

Seventeen years into his career, Damien Dempsey released his new studio album 'Soulsun' in May 2017. It features duets with Dido and Imelda May and is without doubt Damien's most exciting work to date.

For Dempsey, his voice is Dublin yet wholly distinctive, he is part of a rich bloodline of Irish singers from Luke Kelly to Ronnie Drew, Christy Moore to Andy Irvine. Their kin outside Ireland are Springsteen and Guthrie, Dylan and Marley.

His generosity of spirit, affiliation with those in need, and recognition of their suffering, remains. It prevails even when that preoccupation may shine a spotlight on aspects of modern society that are uncomfortable to face.

So how do you describe Damien Dempsey's music to someone who hasn't yet been exposed to it? Take some reggae, fuse it with traditional Irish music, add in rock and folk and put it all through a grounded working class worldly aware yet caring consciousness and you're some bit of the way there.

"eclectic, electric, passionate, personal, innovative and powerful" is how the New York Times describe Stockton's Wing.

Fans will be treated to a back catalogue of hits including much loved classic 'Beautiful Affair' - voted one of the Top 75 songs in the history of RTE radio and chosen by Today FM listeners as number 7 in their Top 20 poll of Irish songs.

Tickets are on sale from and and Hawk's Well Theatre (071 916 1518).

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