This month’s gigs: 2016 Date list
April 23rd Old School Gallery, Yetminster, 5-7pm £10 includes cake and drinks
April 30th Folk & Real Ale Festival of Bryan 2016, The Antelope, Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset, 5pm Free
May 21st St Mary Magdalene Church Barwick, Yeovil, BA229TE £7advance £8 door includes wine
Box Office: 01935 475882/477880 7.30pm
May 26th Rollington Barn, nr Corfe Castle, Dorset, Opeing of Purbeck Arts Week
May 28th - June12th Playing in the Studio for Dorset Arts Weeks
May 30th ALBUM LAUNCH House Concert, 25 Kings Road, Dorchester, DT1 1NH Free 3pm
More dates on the 2016 Gigs page here
2016:- Damian is recording an exciting solo CD album released by Voxpop
called “Something to say”. A collection of 14 songs ,mostly written by Damian
and played on the Hammer Dulcimer, Hurdy Gurdy and Harp, with contributions from members of Pressgang and other musician friends. Due for release in May 2016 with launch gigs on May 30th (Dorset) and June 10 (Reading).
INDIEGOGO CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: Click here to find out about some exciting opportunities to support the CD promotion budget and buy into the original artwork associated with the CD design.
His musical mission is to showcase the Dulcimer and Hurdy Gurdy, and to make them appeal to a wider audience than the folk scene, especially for younger ears. He is a supporter of the movement to protect minority cultures from extinction, as he values variety. He sings small nation language songs such as Irish, Plat Deutsch, and Breton, and is fascinated by cultures meeting and cross fertilising.
This can also be seen in his artwork . He likes to challenge pre-conceptions in music and art, to illustrate new thoughts, to encourage and inspire.
His solo concerts are played on the beautiful hammer dulcimer and hurdy gurdy, along with unaccompanied songs that he encourages audiences to sing along to. He often performs at community events where he introduces audiences to these rare and delightful instruments. He also play historical events and at themed weddings.
Damian is also known for his performances with the influential rock-folk band, PRESSGANG which he founded in 1986. Since then he has toured in over 12 countries, made 8 albums, and played everywhere from television to theatres, from festivals to street fairs.