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Dublin singer Damien Dempsey plays songs from his new album, Union, ahead of St. Patrick's Day on 17 March.

The best folk, acoustic and roots music from Britain and beyond.

This week, top Irish singer Damien Dempsey performs live, ahead of St. Patrick’s Day on 17 March.

One of Dublin’s favourite sons, ‘Damo’ grew up in a musical house and chose music over his other early passion, competitive boxing. Since 2000 he’s made nine albums of gritty, soulful, no-nonsense music with much to say about modern Irish life and society.

His new album, Union, features duets and collaborations with singers including Wildwood Kin, John Grant, Lisa O’Neill, Finbar Furey, Seamus Begley, Pauline Scanlon and Kate Tempest. He’ll play songs from the album, and other favourites, on this week’s Folk Show.

Plus the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • The Incredible String Band

    Painting Box

    • The 5000 Spirits or The Layers of the Onion.
  • Ruth Notman & Sam Kelly

    The Cunning Cobbler

    • Changeable Heart.
  • Snowflake Trio

    The Green Lady

    • Sun Dogs.
  • Damien Dempsey

    Apple of My Eye (Radio 2 Session, 13 March 2019)

  • Lord Beginner

    Victory Test Match

    • London is the Place For Me Vol. 1.
  • The Fisherman’s Friends

    No Hopers, Jokers and Rogues

    • Keep Hauling.
  • Damien Dempsey

    Chris and Stevie (Radio 2 Session, 13 March 2019)

  • Damien Dempsey

    Singing Bird (Radio 2 Session, 13th March 2019)

  • Bill Jones

    The Arboretum

    • Wonderful Fairytale.
  • The Rheingans Sisters

    This Forest

    • Bright Field.