Damanta

Damanta

 Belfast, N Ireland, GBR
BandFolkCeltic

FUNK, GROOVE & GAELIC: Describes the Irish-Canadian alt-folk band. Formed by singer, Elegwen O'Maoileoin, Damanta performs with the same intensity as an Irish priest damning sinners to hell or singing a lament. Perfect for a candlelit club or foot-stomping main stage. Songs are in English and Irish.

Biography

FUNK, GROOVE & GAELIC.

"The sound of Damanta, and lead singer Elegwen O'Maoileoin's songs, have been described by Juno-winning folk producer Paul Gitlitz, as a cross between Ian Anderson (the voice of Jethro Tull) and Jim Morrison of the Doors. Except unlike Jethro Tull Damanta has a distinctly Irish sound."
-- Catholine Butler, THE CELTIC CONNECTION

With a new album out, "THE DRUNKEN PRIEST and the ghostly hymns of autumn", and a 45 show tour of North America last summer, Damanta enters 2009 with big plans and bigger performances.

Our Sites:
http://www.myspace.com/damantaofficial

Review for Alive On Pentecost (2006):
"What a great CD cover with the trunk of the tree as rather sensuous woman and the branches her arms. I thought this is very like some of the sessions that I've heard in Ireland. I was very impressed with Elegwen's talent and the number of instruments he plays... whistles, uilleann pipes along with Irish bouzouki. All the songs on Damanta were written and composed by Elegwen. His style is somewhat reminiscent of the famous group Planxty." Catholine Butler, The Celtic Connection

Discography

2005 THE HAZEL WOOD (single)
2006 ALIVE ON PENTECOST (live)
2007 THE FALL SONG
(single, produced by Juno winning folk producer, Paul Gitlitz)
2008 THE DRUNKEN PRIEST and the ghostly hymns of autumn

Radio Play:
CBC Radio
The FOX: First acoustic Celtic band featured on 99.3 the Fox (2006) in collaboration with a Guinness/Diageo promotion
Raidió na Gaeltachta (national Irish radio in Ireland)
CHLY Nanaimo
Raidío Failte, BELFAST

Various online podcasts and radio

Set List

Songs from ALIVE ON PENTECOST:
The Hazel Wood
Weeping For You
Rambles At Night
Hermes' Walk
Playin' In Purgat'ry
Phantom Lovers
By The River (Shannon)
A Darkly Splendid World
Song For My Mother
A Faerie Lovesong

THE FALL SONG (SINGLE)
The Fall Song
Ar Mo Ghabháil 'na Chuan Domh

THE DRUNKEN PRIEST
The Drunken Priests of Donegal
Ar Mo Ghabháil 'na Chuan Domh
The Fall Song
The Drunken Priest (rock remix)
Hermes' Walk
Rambles At Night
By the Shannon
Land of Shadows

Other Originals:
We Are Damned
The Apple Tree
Faerie Childe
Aset
Ghede
Ancient City (The Streets of Prague)
Unrequited
The Old Forest