It’s hard to be believe that it has been a decade since Damien Leith released his sophomore album Catch The Wind – Songs Of A Generation. The album was another stepping stone in Damien’s career and centred on the music that inspired him growing up – and continued to inspire him as a musician. Featuring songs from artists such as John Denver, Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens to name a few, it was hugely successful, resonated with audiences young and old and spawned three hugely successful tours that saw Damien play to sold-out venues around Australia.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the album, Damien is taking those songs back out on the road for a special run of shows – Catch The Wind – The Encore Tour. For this accomplished singer-songwriter, the tour is an excuse to play the songs that he loves so much and celebrate the artists he admires. With beautiful renditions of tracks such as Vincent, Annie’s Song, If, Everybody’s Talking, Baby I Love Your Way, Guitar Man, and of course, the inspired title track, Catch The Wind, the tour is jam-packed with hits.
Damien says those folk classics are still as pertinent today as when they were first penned and there was something special about them that appeals to music fans. “All those artists wrote from the heart and quite often about issues that affected their lives,” he says. “Many of those issues still exist today. The 60s and 70s was definitely my era of music – what I love about many of those songs that were written is that they centre around the lyrics and story. There’s normally a message that the artists want to convey and its not clouded over by production, in fact, quite often its raw and exposed.”
Catch The Wind – Songs Of A Generation went platinum for Damien, an impressive achievement for his second studio album. Since he won Australian Idol more than a decade ago, he has continued to release music, write original material, tour consistently, as well as write books, children’s stories and DJ. It has been an illustrious career and Damien is grateful for the support his fans have shown throughout the years. “I’ve been so fortunate,” he says. “In a business that is forever changing, to be here still doing what I love 10 years later is amazing. I have fond memories of when Catch The Wind was released, I wasn’t sure how it would be received, but it ended up being a huge success. Obviously I’m not the only one who loves these songs.”
The Catch The Wind – The Encore Tour will also feature songs from Damien’s recent album Gospel, which showcases tracks from Elvis Presley’s Gospel career. “I’ve recently toured an Elvis Gospel concert and many of the songs originate from the 60s and 70s,” he says. “So, I think the tone will suit perfectly with the folk classics. Audiences are in for a treat, there won’t be a song that they won’t know and I’ve no doubt we’ll have people singing along throughout.”
Tickets to Damien Leith’s Catch The Wind – The Encore Tour are on sale now.
Saturday 6th October 2018
Brass Monkey, CRONULLA NSW
Sunday 21st October 2018
Lizottes, NEWCASTLE NSW
For more information, please visit www.damienleith.com