Damian Howard
Gig Seeker Pro

Damian Howard

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | SELF

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | SELF
Established on Jan, 2006
Band Country Singer/Songwriter




"Port Fairy Festival 2007"

"...Other standouts at this year's Port Fairy Folk Festival included Damian Howard (on leave from the Ploughboys) who gave us a surprising collection of softer crafted songs.." Rob Pemberton - PBS FM - Rob Pemberton


Still working on that hot first release.



Award winning singer-songwriter Damian Howard and his Band have been a festival favourite for many years and have gained this reputation due to the diversity of each performance. Howard's original-penned songs take the audience on a musical journey - weaving narratives of life, love and loss through to dancing and singing along to his original songs "...Coming all the way from Australia they get the massive crowd singing along to his new song 'Out of My Hands' like it's a time-honoured classic.... (Hebcelt Festival, Scotland)

Damian Howard and The Ploughboys are a great band to watch. They seem to have a crowd of instant fans like fish in the desert after rain, they magically appear, attracted by a swaggering and cheeky Aussie gregarious presence that raises the stakes with real passion...

This group is for all seasons, their formula of Country RootsRock reaping success at home and abroad.

Howard's songs blend acoustic, country and rock to give a feel similar to Tim and Neil Finn's critically acclaimed 'Everyone is Here' ....

Damian Howard's latest CD release Out of My Hands showcases a new sound and new line up... The line up has changed dramatically in recent times and it's hotter than ever before!. The new original material has a country roots-rock infused flavour and the first single release All I Ever Wanted has been featured on ABC's Rage earlier this year and on high rotation on CMC.

The songs from Out of My Hands are full of single potential and have been warmly received by audiences throughout Australia, Europe and the USA. With successful performances at festivals and venues around Australia, USA and  European Tours in 2008, 2009 & 2011 culminating with a performance at the famous Hebridean Festival on The Isle of Lewis, Scotland in front of 6000 people and filmed by the BBC. This performance has been regularly featured on the BBC over the past 12 months.

Out of My Hands was released in 2010 at the Thornbury Theatre to a sell out crowd and a number of videos of songs off the CD (All I Ever Wanted, Out of My Hands and One Step Forward) have been regularly featured on CMC TV and ABC's RAGE TV progam.

Damian Howard released his debut solo CD One in 2006 with his band The Gentle Souls.
One is a deceptive and consumate album of original compositions that embrace the full palette of song writing by blending acoustic, country, soul-blues and folk-pop sounds and is the product of ten years of near-constant evolution. 'A step away from the Celtic sounds of his work with The Ploughboys but is in tune with that gentle lush folk-pop by acts such as Colin Hay, Mick Thomas and Howard's older brother Shane' (Matt Neal, The Warrnambool Standard)

'In a fair and just world the outstanding Mercy should be rated as one of the Australia songs of the year' (David Connolly, Geelong Advertiser)

As the creative force and lead singer/ songwriter with the popular Celtic Rock Band The Ploughboys Damian has toured extensively throughout Australia and overseas performing at many well-known venues and music festivals, including a performance at the MCG in 2001 and again in 2005 at the Telstra Dome as the pre-match entertainment before the International Rules Football match between Australia and Ireland to an estimated NAtional NAd International audience of over 10 million people.

As the principal songwriter for The Ploughboys Damian's songs have received airplay on the ABC throughout Australia and have been featured on a number of ABC compilation CDs. His songs have been sought by a number of National and International artists. On her critically acclaimed release 'Full Tide' legendary Irish singer, Mary Black, recorded a co-written song of Damian's and his brother, Shane Howard, titled 'St Kilda Again'. Damian is also featured as a backing vocalist on the opening track 'Land of Love'.


Band Members