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A Night With Damian Lewis at Hoxton Hall

Intimate Performance at Arts Theatre and Community Centre

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 3, 2023

After selling out his first two London shows, Damian Lewis returned to the stage for another music gig at Hoxton Hall on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hoxton area of Shoreditch, London Borough of Hackney, with supporting act Amelie Watson. Those spotted in the audience were our very own Damianista of Fan Fun team, long time fans and Fan Fun followers Darlene Billows, Hellie Phillips and Tsveti, as well as Marcella Martinelli (stylist), Steve Abbott (Manager) and Debbi Clark who is the Founder and CEO of HVH Arts Foundation – a charity close to former Patron Helen McCrory’s heart.  Damian did share with the audience that his song “Down on the Bowery” was written in New York. Always the gracious one, Damian did a meet and greet with many guests and fans after the show by signing autographs, posing for pictures and giving hugs. Thank you, Damian!

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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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Damian Lewis Scheduled to Perform Music Gig at Hoxton Hall

Hackney Here We Come!

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 1, 2023

After selling out his first two London shows, and with a debut album coming out June of this year, Damian Lewis returns to the stage for a show at Hoxton Hall on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale here at 10:00 a.m. BST on Friday, February 3, 2023. Hoxton Hall is a performance arts theatre and community centre in the Hoxton area of Shoreditch in the London Borough of Hackney.

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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 Tabernacle London

Closing Out the London Jazz Festival

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 20, 2022

Damian Lewis played an intimate performance to a sold-out crowd at the Tabernacle on closing night of the London Jazz Festival on Sunday, November 20, 2022 with special guest Hattie Whitehead.  Doors opened at 7:00 p.m. and he took the stage around 8:35 p.m. Band members remained the same from his Omeara performance including, Giacomo Smith, Will Cleasby, Will Sach, Kitty Liv, Dave Archer and Joe Webb. His opening song was Down in the Bowery and the remaining set list included Hole in My Roof, Soho Tango, Zaragoza, Little One, Neil Young’s Harvest Moon, Never Judge a Man by His Umbrella, Warren Zevon’s Werewolves in London, Tom Waits’ Little Trip to Heaven, I Wanna Grow Old in Paris, Makin’ Plans, Jelly Roll Morton’s Why?, She Comes, and JJ Cale/Eric Clapton’s After Midnight.

Damian’s brother Gareth Lewis was in the crowd, as well as his children Manon and Gulliver. Others spotted were friend Dominic West, Mark Strong, Ben Chaplin, Allie Esiri, Sharmila of CureEB and based on her tweet, apparently Elizabeth McGovern was in the audience! The show was again promoted by Neil O’Brien Entertainment, with Rhydian Roberts in attendance. View performance videos and more images in our Gallery here.

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Damian Lewis Scheduled for Live Music Gig at The Tabernacle

Music To Our Ears!

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 12, 2022

After a sold out first show, Damian is scheduled to play The Tabernacle in London on November 20, 2022 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. as part of the London Jazz Festival, which runs from November 11-20. Doors open at 7:00. Tickets go on sale from Friday, October 14, 2022 beginning at 10:00 a.m. here. You can also purchase tickets here. So if you missed his first two music gigs at Omeara Theatre and Wilderness Festival, now is your chance! Damian is said to be releasing a debut solo album sometime in 2023. For more information about his music career, click here.

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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 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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