Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

On the Road to More Joy; Irish-Born, Aussie-Based Leith ,Cyarrives' with Latest Album Which He Is Taking to the People in a Nation-Wide Tour

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

On the Road to More Joy; Irish-Born, Aussie-Based Leith ,Cyarrives' with Latest Album Which He Is Taking to the People in a Nation-Wide Tour

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DANNY Boy Co the unofficial anthem of Irish men and women everywhere Co was actually written by an Englishman.

But, as with many things in the creative world, what might start out as intended for one audience, may actually find its true home somewhere unexpected.

For the haunting strains of Danny Boy, it was the rolling green hills of Ireland.

For Irish-born singer-songwriter Damien Leith, it has been Australia Co life after Australian Idol. His 2006 win over pop starlet Jessica Mauboy saw Damian take the runner-up title as the second-oldest winner of the television karaoke contest anywhere in the world.

His first album, the obligatory Winner's Journey, made him a No.1 hit in his adopted nation, but Damian, who is also a published author (his second novel is due out early next year) felt he had to give something more Co creatively, at least.

One of the Australian music industry's nice guys, the father-of-two never lost sight of where he had come from and where and who he wanted to be.

That is why, three years and three albums down, Damien feels he has finally released the album he has had inside him all along.

Not surprisingly, Remembering June has a strong Irish influence.

A little more surprising, this is not the Damien we have heard before. Rather, it is the Damien who was waiting around the corner, growing as an artist and working out the landscape of the land.

Now he has emerged, the 33-year-old hopes you'll follow him down the way.

"There was quite a big decision around this album," he said, his Irish accent lilting down the phone from his home in Sydney.

"Catch The Wind had covers and things like that but there was a decision to go around the original route and I really wanted to do that.

"But I wanted to make sure everyone had confidence in what I was writing.

"I was a little bit nervous about the expectations and what people would think about the album. I was worried about taking that gamble and going down the original route, (but) it has been really positive. I have to say I was nervous, though."

It is not the first time Damien has taken a gamble. …

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