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Damian Lewis Spotted at All Points East

Music Festival

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 28, 2022

Nick Cave and Damian


Damian was spotted at the All Points East annual music festival on Sunday, August 28, 2022 in London’s Victoria Park, watching Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ gig. Cave’s Red Right Hand was popularized as the soundtrack to Peaky Blinders, which Helen McCrory played Aunt Polly. Backstage star-studded friends and family supported Cave, including Rami Malek, Tilda Swinton and Damian. No doubt Damian continues hitting the music scene as he prepares to release a solo album early next year. 

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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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REVIEW: Damian Lewis Screen Star Celebrates a Mellow Musical Hinterland

Mellow Musical Hinterland

by Stephen Dalton | The Times | August 5, 2022

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Not many aspiring musicians get to pack a fancy London club to the rafters with hooting fans at their very first gig, but Damian Lewis did arrive at Omeara with a head start in the fame stakes. The Homeland, Billions and Wolf Hall star had busked around London and France in the embryonic stages of his acting career, more recently giving a few low-key private performances for friends. But during lockdown he began writing songs in earnest in collaboration with the east London-based jazz-pop band Kansas Smitty’s. This was a preview of his debut album, set for release early next year.

Backed by a six-piece band full of Kansas Smitty’s regulars, including the alto saxophonist Giacomo Smith and the guitarist Dave Archer, Lewis opened in full-on Elvis Presley pastiche mode with a retro-flavoured rocker, possibly titled She’s My Little One, yelping his hiccupy vibrato vocal over honking harmonica. But his main musical hinterland was more mellow jukebox Americana, taking in coffee-table blues, laidback country-rock and jaunty big-band jazz crooning, with varying degrees of success.

The 51-year-old actor made his trad-leaning tastes plain with a respectful cover of Neil Young’s radiant midlife love ballad Harvest Moon, which wafted along on heart-twanging pedal steel guitar and woozy honky-tonk piano. He earned hipster connoisseur points with his husky-voiced solo piano rendition of Little Trip To Heaven (On The Wings Of Your Love), from the first Tom Waits album, Closing Time.

Only on a handful of numbers did Lewis seem to step outside self-conscious performance mode and stop coming across like an actor playing a musician. That said, he closed on a high with a superb folk-rock track that began as a gently tumbling waltz before building to a crashing, emotionally raw blast. This was the best song of the night, sounding like a lost Jeff Buckley classic in places. More of this passion and swagger could have really lifted this show.

Of course there is a long and ignoble history of actors changing lanes to try out their musical skills in public, only to be rightly laughed off stage. Lewis is no fool; he knows this all too well, which may explain why he peppered this set with self-effacing jokes and humble expressions of gratitude. In fairness, he did not disgrace himself.

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REVIEW: Damian Lewis at Omeara

Passionate Debut

by Neil McCormick | The Telegraph | August 4, 2022

“You! Are at … our … very first! Ever! Gig!”

proclaimed Damian Lewis, as commandingly as if delivering Shakespeare with a few Pinteresque pauses.

He played a double agent in Homeland, an insider trader in Billions and an unusually slender Henry VIII in Wolf Hall. But Lewis’s latest and perhaps most personal role is as a soulful singer-songwriter.

The 51-year-old TV and film star took to the tiny stage at the Omeara club in London carrying an acoustic guitar and backed by a six-piece band of jazzy virtuosos playing flowing, intense, sophisticated songs of love and loss.

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Damian Lewis Performs Songs From Upcoming Debut Album at Omeara London

Intimate Show

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 4, 2022

Damian Lewis unveiled an intimate warm-up performance to a sold-out crowd at London’s Omeara venue on Thursday, August 4, 2022 with special guest Cherise Adams-Burnett. Damian’s opening song was titled Little One which no doubt is in honor of Helen McCrory.  Other song titles included Hole in My Roof, Zaragoza, Soho Tango, Down on the Bowery, Neil Young’s Harvest Moon, Never Judge a Man by His Umbrella, Tom Waits’ Little Trip to Heaven, Wanna Grow Old in Paris, Makin’ Plans, Why, She Comes, and JJ Cale/Eric Clapton’s After Midnight.

He sang in one emotional track: ‘You and me should be together ’til the end. So bye bye, baby, I can’t wait to see your smile again.’ Another track, which he performed near the end of his set, seemed to also relate to losing a partner. Damian sang: ‘She comes as a blackbird, she comes as a fox. She sits at the window, she sings from a rock. She’s the moon in the day and the sun that shines in the dark. She rests in me and she rests in shade. She’s my joy, she’s my pain and she rained on me.’

Damian’s father, his brother William Russell and sister Amanda Yaxley were in the crowd, as well as his children Manon and Gulliver. As RSJrFanWorld shared on Twitter, “Laughter, tears, dancing, seriously fabulous shoes…our redheaded Elvis brought it all tonight.” Our sentiments exactly. Damian’s untitled debut album is due to be released next year.

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Damian Lewis Attends “Summer Chill” Launch Party

Summer Chill

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 1, 2022

Damian attended the launch party for “Summer Chill,” the new album by multi-talented pianist/organist Joe Webb (Kansas Smitty’s House Band) on Monday, August 1, 2022 at the 100 Club, London. The iconic club is world famous and totes 79 years of British musical history from jazz to punk to rock and roll and beyond. He sure is hitting the music scene!

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Damian Lewis Unveils Live Dates and Details News of Debut Solo Album

Debut Solo Album

by Elizabeth Aubrey | Implurnt | July 8, 2022

Actor Damian Lewis has unveiled details of two new live dates and news of his debut solo album. The Homeland actor will play an intimate warm-up date at London’s Omeara on August 4, 2022 before making an appearance at Wilderness Festival in Oxford on August 7 from 8:35 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. He also announced that he will be releasing a debut album in 2023. Ahead of his live dates, Lewis said:

“I’m looking forward to getting out there and playing the songs I’ve written and been recording for my debut album. Be good to be back on stage, this time with a guitar in my hand.”

While predominately known for his acting work, Lewis has played classical guitar since he was 13. He busked through London in his early twenties and continued to make music as a hobby alongside his acting work in films such as Billions.

A statement added: “Meeting with various London-based musicians, including Giocomo Smith, Lewis wrote songs and found himself in the recording studio cutting the tracks that will be released on his as-yet-untitled debut album in the New Year.”

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Damian Lewis Attends House of Koko Summer Party

Members Only

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

Damian was in good spirits last night at the private member’s club, The House of Koko’s, inaugural summer party in London. The beautifully designed new member’s club is set backstage at London’s iconic Koko theatre, which reopened in April of this year and Damian attended that event as well here.  The last night’s summer party included an impromptu live jam in the Penthouse where musicians and artists entertained members and guests in one long live session as club-goers danced.

Others in attendance were Jamie Hince, Alison Mosshart (both band members of The Kills), Ellie Goulding, singer Dionne Bromfield and film director Darren Strowger seen pictured here. Familiar faces as Damian, Helen McCrory and Darren Strowger all attended the Bob Dylan and Neil Young’s British Summertime Gig in the Teen Cancer America Suite at in Hyde Park in July, 2019. Read about that here. Also, Damian and Strowger attended last year’s UEFA Euro Final together and you can view photos of that 2020 event here.

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Damian Lewis Spotted at Glastonbury Festival

Ginger Goes to Glastonbury

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 25, 2022

So this happened. The above tweet leads us to believe Damian is at Glastonbury Festival right now! In addition, iNews reported they saw Damian there in a white beret. Other sightings were Tilda Swinton, Kate Hudson, Sienna Miller, Gillian Anderson, Kit Harington, Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Jamie Carragher and Jack Whitehall.  Glastonbury Festival 2022 takes place from June 22 – June 26, 2022. It is a five-day festival of contemporary performing arts that takes place in Pilton, Somerset, England. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and other arts.

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Enter for a Chance to Win an Autographed CD by Damian

The Music of Kings and Queens

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 2, 2021

Updated 6/22/21: Congrats to competition winners Rose Heathcote, Chris Conlan, Susan Stacey, Jules Dietrich, Carolyn Chester, Rita Porter, Alex Cameron, Bianca Summons, and Sandra.

Music composer Debbie Wiseman is giving away 9 copies of the Music of Kings & Queens CD, signed by Damian Lewis, Helen Mirren, and Debbie. Both Damian and Dame Helen narrated the music compilation. Click here for a chance to win and if you join Debbie’s mailing list, you will receive an extra entry into the drawing! Winners will be chosen at random and emailed on June 15, 2021. Good luck! BONUS: Did you know Debbie Wiseman also composed the music for the series Wolf Hall; it was performed by The Locrian Ensemble of London and conducted by Debbie. For more information about the Wolf Hall soundtrack, click here.

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Damian on the Out to Lunch Podcast and Video of Jazz Performance

Damian Lewis and the Kansas Smitty’s Supersize Band

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 1, 2021

Listen to Damian on today’s podcast episode of Out To Lunch with Jay Rayner here.  Among many other things, Damian discusses his music and work with the the Kansas Smitty’s Supersize Band.

Here is Damian performing the Dr. John classic ‘Such a Night’ with the Kansas Smitty’s, recorded on February 23, 2021 from Kansas Smitty’s headquarters in East London.  Giacomo Smith and Alec Harper on Alto, Camilla George on Tenor, Dylan Jones on Trumpet, Dave Archer on Guitar, Kit Downes on Keyboard, Joe Webb on Piano, Ferg Ireland on Bass and Jas Kayser and Will Cleasby on Drums.

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Damian and Helen Mirren Join Forces for The Queen’s 95th Birthday – March 10, 2021

Album Project: “The Music of Kings and the Queens”

by Sheldon Dane | London News Time | March 10, 2021

Helen Mirren joined forces with Damian Lewis to pay tribute to the Queen before her 95th birthday.

The 75-year-old actress, who won the Oscar on the big screen as a monarch in 2006, and her homeland star, 50, tell a series of stories about British kings and queens throughout history.

Each piece is set in music by contemporary composer Debbie Wiseman, who was asked to create a soundtrack to the Queen’s official birthday parade in June before it was put on hold due to ongoing coronavirus regulation.

The album, entitled “The Music of Kings and Queens,” tells the story of making England through 12 monarchs, beginning with William the Conqueror and ending with the current Queen.

Each royal family will feature the story of Helen and Lewis, accompanied by the music of the Grammy-nominated composer Wiseman, who embodies the individuality of the monarch.

The words were written by Simon Brooksward, an event producer and director who was involved in the planning of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration.

Dame Helen  said: “I enjoyed the opportunity to work with Debbie on a musical journey into royal history.

“I am honored to be able to record the words with Damian and participate in celebrating Her Majesty’s 95th birthday.

“Debbie did a great job of composing and recording music.

“We may not remember most of the prime ministers, politicians, military forces, and even groundbreaking scientists, but in a good understanding of our kings and queens who shaped our country. Let’s say this is their story and their legacy. “

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