Latest King Billy’s News featured the Town’s Celebrations earlier in the Month together with our special un-veiling feature at the Guest House – “Kyla” the Eagle On the Thursday the town square had various activities organised by various groups and organisations of Settle. We had “Post Cards to the Palace” – “Painting Portraits of the […]
Damian Clarke – Dulcimer, Hurdy Gurdy & Celtic Harp
Damian is on a mission – namely to re-introduce the beautiful, ancient Dulcimer and the fascinating, medieval Hurdy Gurdy. Expect to see him at a venue or event near you, as he is determined to gain as much exposure for these instruments as he can.
Free Entry at The Lion in Settle on 5th December – other musicians welcome, to come along and Jam
During 2013 he received many plaudits and support for his playing and audiences have been instantly won over wherever he has played. The Dulcimer, particularly, has a sound that is instantly enjoyed; ethereal, haunting, fluent and often compared to a harp. It can be heard here: www.damianclarke.co.uk/POD.html
He is one of the handful who sing and play on these instruments.
Damian’s latest solo CD album is called “Paths of Desire”. A collection of 12 songs, played mostly on the Hammer Dulcimer along with the Hurdy Gurdy and Celtic Harp. There are haunting instrumentals from Ireland, songs sung in minority languages such as Irish and Friesian and self-composed tone-poems that connect to his recent paintings.
“Paths of Desire” follows on from the successful “River Wherever” CD.
“Sparkling programme of refreshing’ wandering-minstrel’ takes on traditional songs (English, Breton, Plat Deutsch – all sung in the original language), interspersed with tunes… Damian’s come up with an inspiring and enjoyable collection.” FROOTS
“A charming musical miracle-bag “ FOLKER (Germany)
“hard to choose an outstanding track because they’re all good, Damian’s own compositions stand out.” NONSUCH CLUB MAGAZINE
**** R2 MAGAZINE
Folk clubs & festivals played in 2013 include:
Village Pump FC, Chippenham FF, Bedworth FF, Sunray FC, Bath Literary Festival, Tenterden FF, Warwick FC, Leicester Guildhall,
and many, many more.
Damian is also known for his performances with the rock-folk band, PRESSGANG which he founded in 1986. Since then he has toured in over 12 countries, made 9 albums, and played everywhere from television to theatres, from international folk festivals to street fairs.
He mostly performs traditional material, which he wants to appeal to a wider audience than the folk scene, especially for younger ears. He is a supporter of the movement to protect minority cultures, as he values variety. He sings small nation language songs such as Irish, Plat Deutsch, and Breton. He hates nationalist rightwing politics, and dislikes purist tendencies, instead he values the truer picture of cultures meeting and cross fertilising, which can also be seen in his artwork.
Paintings and exhibitions: www.damianclarkeart.co.uk
CONTACT: UK: Vox Pop: 01305 267510 / 0777 312 888 5
: a day of stunning walks and trail runs The beautifully dramatic landscape of the Yorkshire Dales will be the setting for an exciting day of trail runs and walks on Sunday 21st August. Starting in Settle, participants can choose to take part in a 5, 16, or 26 mile walk or 5 or 16 mile […]
‘Engagement work’ highlighted in progress report Bainbridge, 28 June 2022 Many people have been helped to enjoy and better understand the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the past year, a meeting has heard today. Farm open days, outdoor classes for schools and volunteer-led nature walks were among the activities run by a wide range […]