After a sold-out run of ROY – A Tribute To Roy Orbison to metropolitan centres in 2016, singer-songwriter Damien Leith is gearing up to revisit the music of his idol Roy Orbison this year, taking the show to regional Australia, and dropping in on Lennox Head.
‘I’m a country boy at heart, originating from a small village in Ireland called Milltown, so regional tours are special to me,’ he says. ‘Touring in regional areas around Australia is an amazing experience. I always meet great salt to the earth people and the whole vibe and atmosphere in a show is electric. Audiences really appreciate you being there and there is always a great sense of community.’
The tour commemorates 30 years since Roy Orbison was inducted into the Rock n Roll and Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Damien says he will be performing songs such as In Dreams, Crying to Running Scared, Oh Pretty Woman and Blue Angel, to name a few. The show is jam-packed with as many Roy songs that can be fitted into the set list.
‘This show is a favourite of mine because, I get to stand on stage and celebrate Roy’s incredible career,’ says Damien. ‘I don’t try to impersonate him or sound like him, its really a case of me saluting one of the all-time greatest singers. Roy’s songs are raw and real and melded together with that distinct melancholy intensity of his voice. He created a unique way of writing and delivering a song, and it’s for that reason that to this day, he continues to find new fans all over the world.’
Damien has always had a strong affinity with Roy’s music. He recorded and worked with the late Barbara Orbison and continues to write with legendary musicians in Nashville who worked with Roy throughout his career. In fact, when Damien released his album Roy – A Tribute to Roy Orbison it stayed in the ARIA Top 20 chart for 22 weeks and it was nominated for not only an ARIA award, but also sold multi-platinum.
Show: Saturday 8 April
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