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Last call for... Damien Dempsey at The Limelight

Damien Dempsey plays The Limelight in Belfast next Thursday

DUBLIN singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey kicks off the latest live campaign in support of his current album Soulsun next week with a show at The Limelight in Belfast on February 1.

"I'm hoping some of these songs or even the whole album will become a natural high for people; they'll get addicted to listening to it and the songs will, some or all, become friends for life and be there for people through bad times and beautiful times," explains Damo of his latest collection, released last year.

"Because, for the longest of times, music was a healer and a form of expression and a way to lyrically attack corrupt or brutal systems and a way to document what was happening at the time where you lived.

"And it was also like a guardian angel that let us forget what was going on outside the door or beyond the campfire when we got together and lost ourselves in it.

"It's only very recently become about fame, looks and image and – of course – money, for some. There's a time and place and mood for all kinds of music though, I reckon."

:: Tickets £20 on sale now from Limelightbelfast.com, Katy's Bar and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

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