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Damian Lewis Played Music Gig at Black Deer Festival

Hoedown of the Summer

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 16, 2023

Damian returned to the stage for a live gig at the 4th annual Black Deer music festival on Opening Day, Friday, June 16 – the same day as his album release for Mission Creep. Photo above shows Damian playing tracks from his new album to a packed Ridge tent stage. He also signed copies of his album during the festival. According to Soundsphere Magazine, “It’s scorching hot, the BBQ is on and the beers are cold. Damian Lewis has just released his first album and is casually propping up the bar.”

Watch an exclusive clip of his Black Deer performance and interview with ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar here. They spoke backstage about what it’s like for Damian to return to music. You can also listen to the interview here or the full podcast here. Damian told Nina,

“My kids don’t like it. Full stop. They want Dad to be dad. And they’re much happier when Dad’s cab is available and running and taking them to school. It’s very interesting when even your own children say, ‘Dad, you’re an actor. Now you’re pretending to be a rock star or a musician.” 

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Top Three Sets to Check Out at Black Deer Festival

Bringing Americana Vibes to Kent

by Staff | When the Horn Blows | June 9, 2023

With just under a week to go until Black Deer Festival brings the best in Americana vibes to Eridge Park in Kent, we are praying that the sunshine stays around for the party.

With the four edition of the event it is now Europe’s premier, award-winning Americana festival with the line up including artists like Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Pretenders, Bear’s Den, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle (Alone Again Solo & Acoustic), Far From Saints and many more at Eridge Park.

With some much to chose from – we give you our top three sets to check out across the weekend.

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Live Review: Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Cracking Band

by Brian Payne | Jazz Journal | May 11, 2023

In mixed weather, this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival spanned six days from 26 April to 1 May. Most performances took place in Montpellier Gardens, the site of the Big Top and Jazz Arena. Other locations in town included the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Town Hall and the Daffodil Restaurant. The Daffodil is a restored 1920s cinema with a balcony, sweeping staircase and superb art-deco features.

I hadn’t come across Damian Lewis before. He’s a television and film actor by day yet here he was at Cheltenham fronting a cracking band. I was pleasantly surprised. Lewis sang and played a mix of roots, blues and rock ’n’ roll and his vocals and guitar accompaniment were spot on. Some of the numbers were his own compositions. He was backed by members of Kansas Smitty’s House Band with Giacomo Smith on alto saxophone, David Archer on guitar, Joe Webb on piano, Will Sach on bass and Will Cleasby on drums. Kitty Durham supplied backing vocals, hand-held percussion, harmonica and at times also guitar.

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival: Damian Lewis – Live Review

Well Crafted Songs and Strong Vocals

by Hannah Compton | Building Our Own Nashville | May 1, 2023

Actor Damian Lewis has always had a passion for playing music and putting out a record of his own. Signed to Decca Records, Damian released his first single ‘Down on the Bowery’ on April 13th 2023.

His debut album Mission Creep is out June 16th and can be pre ordered here.

Playing in the Jazz Arena at Cheltenham Jazz Festival with a seven piece band that consisted of the Kansas Smitty Band, the show was an absolute sell out full of keen fans of the actor who were curious to be a part of one of his first ever live performances promoting his forthcoming debut album.

“Hello Everyone”, Lewis greeted “I am a Cheltenham Jazz Festival virgin only to be deflowered by this audience and I am glad it’s you”.

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Damian Lewis Performed at This Year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival

David Bowie Vibes

by Gingernsap | damian-lewis.com | May 1, 2023


Damian performed a live gig at
Cheltenham Jazz Festival at Montpellier Gardens in the Jazz Arena on Monday, May 1, 2023 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. He and his band sounded incredible and audience members commented about Damian’s Bowie-esque look and vibe. Damian performed songs from his upcoming debut album out June 16, as well as covers like ‘Werewolves of London.’ View more images in our Gallery here. Next gig is Union Chapel! Watch brief interview from Cheltenham Jazz Festival with Tony Minvielle of Jazz FM here:

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Damian Lewis Scheduled to Perform Music Gig at Black Deer Festival

Festival of Americana

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 13, 2023

With a single out April 13, a special release set for April 22 for Record Store Day and a debut album expected on June 16, Damian Lewis returns to the stage for a gig at the 4th annual Black Deer music festival on Friday, June 16 – the same day as his album release! The entire festival runs from June 16-18, 2023 at Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent – near East Sussex, England. A wide variety of tier-type tickets are on sale here, starting at £87.75. Damian remarked,

“I’m really looking forward to Black Deer Festival and so excited to play live for y’all in the deer park on the day my new album is officially released.”

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Damian Lewis Scheduled to Perform at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

With Jazz Outfit Kansas Smitty’s

by Connie Evans | The Independent | February 7, 2023

Damian Lewis is set to team up with jazz outfit Kansas Smitty’s to perform at Cheltenham Jazz Festival at Montpellier Gardens.

The 51-year-old British actor, best known for starring in TV dramas including Band Of Brothers and Homeland, is expected to play tracks from his debut album, which is set to be released in June of this year.

Lewis, who last year played an intimate London show and appeared at the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire, will be accompanied on stage by the jazz group, which is headed up by Italian-American musician Giacomo Smith.

Having played the guitar since the age of 13, Lewis rediscovered the instrument during lockdown and later teamed up with various London-based musicians, including Smith, who plays both clarinet and alto saxophone, to record his debut album.

Lewis will join the seven-piece outfit, who have previously sold out Ronnie Scott’s and The Jazz Cafe. Tickets for Cheltenham Jazz Festival, which takes place beginning Wednesday, April 26 through Monday, May 1, 2023, will go on sale on March 1 here. Damian will play the Jazz Arena on Monday, May 1, 2023 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. and tickets start at £30. His event number is J22. Don’t miss Kansas Smitty’s late-night takeover sessions in Cheltenham’s bar and event space The Daffodil Restaurant on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 28 – April 30) at 11:00 p.m. each night.

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London Jazz Festival Review: Damian Lewis

Four Out of Five Stars

by John Bungey | The Times | November 21, 2022

(★★★★☆)

Jazz in all its forms — from funky to free-form, catchy to headscratchy — enjoyed its 30th annual splurge in the capital with 300-plus festival gigs by assorted stars of the genre — and one gatecrashing film star.

On the final night, a festival debutant with an album out next year wowed the crowd at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill. Quite why the actor Damian Lewis’s show of rocking, rootsy Americana should be part of a jazz festival is anyone’s guess. But his own songs had real flair and if “the acting malarkey”, as he called it, ever fails, his Martin guitar will prove a useful fallback.

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Damian Lewis Performs Songs From Upcoming Debut Album at Wilderness Festival

Wildlings at Poshtock

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 7, 2022

Damian Lewis unveiled his debut solo album at the Wilderness Festival on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire. He performed Little One and other originals on The Forum stage, said to be the flagship ideas tent at the heart of the festival, along with an eclectic music line-up that also included South Korean DJ Peggy Gou and dance act Underworld.

Poshtock is the local nickname for the Wilderness Festival and home of luxury glamping, Michelin-starred food, mindfulness classes and champagne picnics. Set in the open rolling Cotswolds countryside, Wilderness is held each August on a 5,000-acre estate owned by Lord Rotherwick. Wilderness is a lifestyle jamboree, boasting £6,000 yurts and eclectic music and said to be a festival for the Waitrose crowd.

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