Wed 10th Mar 2023
Damsel ‘New to You’ Ireland Tour, 1 March – 9 March 2023
Princeton, NJ, USA — January 19, 2023 — Damsel, announced Thursday January 19th the release of their ‘New to You’ Ireland 2023 tour dates. This rebooking of their postponed November 2020 tour will include 6 shows across the country in Dublin, Kilkenny, Ballydehob, Clonakilty and Waterford as well as a songwriting seminar at the University of Limerick.
On finally reaching their fans in Ireland, Mugan says “Without a doubt, some of my most memorable and gratifying musical experiences, whether on stage or in the audience, have been in Ireland – I simply cannot wait to return!”
Damsel’s sophomore album, ‘New to You’, is an appropriate title for this tour as it is the band’s first visit to Ireland together – and it was also recorded (at Miner Street Studio in Philadelphia in early 2021) just after the duo was scheduled to be performing live in Ireland. “We had already chosen a new direction in sound production for our second album, but when the pandemic hit the pause button on our recording schedule timeline we were forced (the whole world was!) to slow down and find new ways to be creative,” explains Meyers of their process during 2020. “It was truly a gift to be able to focus on this project at a time when we didn’t know when we would play live again.” These eleven new songs by the neo-folk duo are filled with captivating lyrics and orchestrated textures written and performed by band members, Beth Meyers (vocals, viola, banjo, ukulele, percussion, piano and electric bass) and Monica Mugan (vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele and French horn) with added textures from Florent Ghys (upright bass), Jason Treuting (drums and percussion) and Dan Trueman (hardanger fiddle). ‘New to You’ is rich with personality and whimsy, unapologetically inviting listeners into a sonic space without ready labels.
Damsel will be touring the acoustic duo version of ‘New to You’ and will be highlighting a few songs from their debut album, ‘Just Sit So’ as well. Damsel will perform at least one traditional Sean-nós song as an homage to their Irish heritage.
Of their debut album, ‘Just Sit So’, Irish poet Paul Muldoon says “The surface of a Damsel song may be sweet and sonorous, but what’s going on under the surface is more often than not spiked and steely. That’s just one reason I love this CD.”
Ticket links can be found on the band’s website. Prices and availability vary but hover around 15eu with the exception of their appearance at Phil Grimes Bar (in support of Rozi Plain’s ‘Prize’ release tour) which is sold out.
€16.50 available online from Whelan’s.
– 50c per ticket service charge applies
Strictly over 18′s (regardless of being accompanied), I.D. may be required.
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Silent Disco from 10:30pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best (€5 cover charge), plus Late Bar.