Damian has played the classical guitar since he was 13-years-old. Quickly though, suspecting that he might be the “Second Elvis,” he graduated to the steel string acoustic so that he could sing Elvis in the mirror without fear of interruption. Busking in London through his early twenties, the rent money started coming in from acting and the guitar was parked up as a hobby until the time of CoVid lockdown and quarantine.
Meeting with various London-based musicians, including Giacomo Smith, Damian wrote songs and found himself in the recording studio cutting tracks that will be released on his yet-to-be-titled debut album in early 2023. His band of five has jazz roots and the album is described as a bluesy sound, with originals and a few covers.
Special guest at his Omeara gig was the wonderful vocalist and Tomorrow’s Warrior alumnus Cherise, who has worked with Kurt Elling and Gregory Porter.
Steve Abbott – Harmonic Artists
CURRENT BAND MEMBERS:
Damian Lewis on vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and keyboard
David Archer on guitar
Joe Webb on keyboard
Giacomo Smith on alto sax and clarinet
ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY – ORIGINALS
Hole in My Roof
Down on the Bowery
Never Judge a Man by His Umbrella
Wanna Grow Old in Paris
Omeara Club – August 4, 2022 – London
Wilderness Festival – August 7, 2022 – Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
REVIEWS and ARTICLES
Damian Lewis Unveils Live Dates and Details News of Debut Solo Album – Implurnt
Tufnell Park-er Damian Lewis Flexing his Musical Muscles – Camden New Journal
Damian Lewis, Omeara, Review: Passionate Debut From Actor Turned Pop Star – The Telegraph
Damian Lewis Review: Screen Star Celebrates a Mellow Musical Hinterland – The Times
Damian Lewis Rocked His First Gig at Omeara London – FanFunWithDamianLewis
Song: “Such A Night” – Damian performing the Dr. John classic with Kansas Smitty’s Supersize Band, recorded Febraury 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.
Song: “Little One” – Omeara London Performance, August 4, 2022
Song: “Never Judge a Man by His Umbrella” – Omeara London Performance, August 4, 2022