Damien O’Kane is a musician of many talents.
He’s a singer. A very good one, too, with a relaxed, assured vocal style that exudes a natural warmth and empathy with the colourful characters who occupy his songs.
He’s also a brilliant banjo player. And a fine guitarist. And an ingenious arranger. Not to mention an accomplished tunemaker, researcher, bandleader and accompanist of rich imagination and fearless vision.
Steeped in music, Damien grew up in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, with a deep respect and understanding of the folk tradition, yet which also forged a healthy appetite to explore its broadest borders and test its boundaries.
Last year, Damien O’Kane’s ground-breaking, highly acclaimed album Areas of High Traffic was not surprisingly nominated for Album of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Radical and revelatory, Damien’s first album in five years took traditional Irish songs and sent them reeling into a contemporary soundscape.
Now the master musician, songwriter and vocalist is back to continue that unorthodox musical adventure on his third solo record – and this time the Yorkshire-based Ulsterman is out for revenge!
Avenging and Bright, released December 8, 2017, picks up the progressive cudgel once more with heartfelt songs from his Irish homeland mixed in with some English and original songs too – one written by wife Kate Rusby.