Damien Leith

 

One of the advantages of being a performer is that you’re not tied to the office in a nine-to-five job – which is why Irish-Australian singer-songwriter Damien Leith is able to visit County Kildare once a year.

Leith loves keeping his three children Jaris, Jagger and Kiki in touch with their Irish family. He and his wife Eileen also enjoy the change of climate in County Kildare, which is famous of course for its horses.

Kildare has more stud farms than any other county in Ireland and is also the richest county in Ireland outside of Dublin .

But the reason Leith can enjoy such a great lifestyle is because of his 15-year singing career.

The winner of the Network Ten music contest Australian Idol in 2006, Leith has released nine studio albums, four of which peaked in the top two of the
ARIA charts, including two number ones.

Leith told the Bendigo Weekly he is particularly enjoying his current tour, which is distinguished by a string quartet.

“We played together for the first time last night and it was just wonderful,” he said. “We received a standing ovation.

“Also, the arrangements by Jessica Graham are phenomenal. Jessica was a recent winner in both international and UK songwriting contests and is a highly sought-after arranger.”

Celebrating the best of his nine albums – as well as a handful of previously unheard original songs from Damien’s forthcoming new album due out mid-year – The Best of Damien Leith with String Quartet is a concert experience not to be missed.

Damien will play at the Capital Theatre tonight, April 12, at 7.30pm. Tickets at gotix@bendigo.vic.gov.au.

– Dianne Dempsey