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Damian Lewis Looking Forward to Southend Show and Chats About His Spring Tour and His Essex Home

Setting Off on Tour

by Emma Palmer | Essex Life Magazine | March 2024 Issue

He may be a Hollywood movie star, but A-list actor Damian Lewis has closer ties to little old Essex than you might think.

In an exclusive interview with our sister title, Essex Life magazine, the 53-year-old, known for his roles in Homeland, Billions, Band of Brothers and Wolf Hall, revealed he owns a house in a picturesque part of north Essex.

In the March edition of the magazine – on sale now – the actor, who is preparing to hit the stage at the Palace Theatre in Southend this month, told how he felt “very lucky” to have his house in north Essex, near to the Suffolk border.

He said: “I love Essex, of course I do.

“I love the coastline and the coastal towns like Mersea and Southend, such lovely places to visit.

“Essex is special in the sense it’s very much an extension of the East End with a cockney culture but also has its own identity. It’s the land of Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable after all. I feel very lucky that I have a house in one of the most beautiful parts of Essex.”

Damian’s 8-date tour kicks off in early March and will see the star performing all of the original songs from his album Mission Creep, but he’ll also be sharing brand new material destined for his second album. He and his band will be starting with a performance in East Sussex at the Trading Boundaries on Friday, March 8 and revealed plans for a second album, set to enrich his discography with new sounds and stories. Fans can expect an intimate experience, with Lewis performing songs from both his debut and the anticipated second album.

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Damian Lewis Chats About Music and Upcoming Tour on BBC Radio

Cambridge Junction

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 14, 2024

Damian joined radio host Chris Mann on BBC Radio on Friday, February 2, 2024 for a chat about music, his upcoming tour and playing Cambridge Junction this spring. Damian also speaks about supporting Wales in the Six Nations Championship and his dog Petra. You can listen to the rebroadcast of this clip on BBC Sounds for up to a year from today, here. Enjoy and don’t forget to catch him at one of his shows during his upcoming UK Tour Part 2 this Spring. Ticket information is available here.

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Damian Lewis Chats About Music and Touring on BBC Radio

Music and Upcoming UK Tour Part 2

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 2, 2024

Damian joined presenter Adam Dowling on BBC Radio for a chat about music and his performance next month at
Trading Boundaries in East Sussex. The radio interview aired on various stations, including BBC Radio Kent, BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex on Friday, February 2, 2024. You can listen to the rebroadcast on BBC Sounds for up to 30 days from today, here. Damian’s segment begins about 38:30 minutes into the programme. Enjoy and don’t forget to catch him at one of his shows during his upcoming UK Tour Part 2 this Spring. Ticket information is available here.

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Damian Lewis Announces New Tour Dates and Release of Second Album

Eight-Date Tour

by Hannah Roberts | PA Entertainment via The Irish News | January 18, 2024

British actor-turned-musician Damian Lewis has announced he will be embarking on a tour in March ahead of the release of a new album. The 52-year-old London-born actor, who starred in the TV series Homeland and 2019 comedy film Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, has turned his hand to music in recent years. He released his debut album Mission Creep last year and will embark on a new set of tour dates, starting with a show in East Sussex at the Trading Boundaries on Friday March 8. Discussing the tour, Lewis said:

“Dry January at home? If you’re itching for some live music by March. I’m here to help. Me and the band are hitting the road again in March for The Mission Creep Tour Part 2. Can’t wait. Come!”

Lewis also revealed that plans are underway to release a second album this year. He said: “I’ll be playing my album Mission Creep, sure, but also sneaking in songs from my second album, which will be out later this year. That’s right: new year, new pants, new songs. See you there.”

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Damian Lewis Announces 2024 UK Tour Dates

UK Tour Part II

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | December 19, 2023

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Damian has announced UK tour dates for Spring, 2024! He is going to be playing up and down the UK at a selection of iconic venues with his magnificent band. So come out for the Mission Creep Tour Part 2 – new year, new songs, new pants 🙂 You can order his debut album Mission Creep from his official music store here. He will see you all in your home towns!

MARCH
Friday, March 8, 2024 – Trading Boundaries, East Sussex – Sheffield Green near Fletching, Sussex, TN223RB, UK – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 10, 2024 – Palace Theatre, Southend – 430 London Road, Southend on Sea, SS0 9LA, UK – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 – The Palace, Watford – 20 Clarendon Rd, WD17 1JZ, UK – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 22, 2024 – O2 Academy 2, Oxford – 190 Cowley Rd, OX4 1UE, UK – 6:30 p.m. (tickets on sale December 22)
Sunday, March 24, 2024 – Sub Rooms, Stroud – George Street, Stroud GL5 1AE, UK – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 25, 2024 – Lighthouse Centre for the Arts, Poole –  The Theatre, 21 Kingland Rd, BH15 1UG, UK – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 – Epic Studios, Norwich – 112-114 Magdalen St, Norwich, NR3 1JD, UK – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 28, 2024 – Junction, Cambridge – Junction 1, Clifton Way, CB1 7GX, UK – 7:00 p.m.

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Damian Lewis Extends UK Tour Due To Popular Demand

Basingstoke, Eastleigh and Milton Keynes

by Naomi Clarke| Evening Standard | August 13, 2023

Damian Lewis has announced extra dates for the upcoming tour of his debut album, Mission Creep, due to popular demand. The 52-year-old British actor, best known for starring in TV dramas including Band Of Brothers and Homeland, is taking his new band on the road for the first time this autumn.

He has now extended the eight-show run by adding a further three shows in Basingstoke, Eastleigh and Milton Keynes in November.

Lewis said: “I can’t wait to get out on the road with my band this autumn for our first UK tour.

“We’ve played London, we’ve played New York, but now we’re getting serious and bringing the music to the great towns and cities of Gateshead, Nottingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff and many more.

“And, am I allowed to say this, ‘due to popular demand’, we’ve just added three more dates at the start of November so, all of you in Basingstoke, Eastleigh and Milton Keynes, get your glad rags on.”

The tour is due to kick off on September 9 in Nottingham before heading to Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Brighton and Manchester – and then playing shows shows in Leeds and Gateshead in October.

The new dates will start on November 1 in Basingstoke and continue on to Milton Keynes and Eastleigh.

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Damian Lewis Transcends Expectations with Mission Creep

Proves a Successful Actor-Turned-Musician Gambit

by David Nobakht | Buzz Magazine | June 22, 2023

DAMIAN LEWIS
Mission Creep (Decca)
★★★★

Whenever a successful actor makes an album, there will always be a high level of scrutiny and the sound of naysayers scraping their chairs at what is often perceived as being a superfluous vanity project made between trips to Hollywood – but Homeland and Wolf Hall star Damian Lewis’ Mission Creep breaks that mould. Growing up with Kerouac’s On The Road under one arm, Stones and Zeppelin albums under the other, Lewis travelled through Europe busking long before he could be seen on stage or screen.

His singing voice on Mission Creep lies somewhere between Gene Clark and Scott Walker, as the songs dip their toes into bluesy rock, folk and jazz. Fragile, folk-immersed opener ‘She Comes’ is worth the price of admission alone, as is ‘Down on the Bowery,’ and ‘Makin’ Plans’ is a song the Stones themselves might be proud to have under their belt. It’s evident that Lewis is both a passionate and accomplished songwriter, and his cover of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon is a beauty too.

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Rolling Stone: Damian Lewis on His Solo Album

‘Down On The Bowery’ Effortlessly Shows Capability of Lewis’ Voice and His Commitment to the Craft

by Nick Reilly  | Rolling Stone Magazine UK | June 22, 2023

As he releases his debut album, acting royalty Damian Lewis tells Rolling Stone UK why he’s under no illusions about proving himself as a musician. Damian Lewis has opened up on releasing his first ever solo album and why he’s ready to deal with any cynicism that his latest venture might attract.

Last week saw the Band of Brothers star release ‘Mission Creep’, a record of largely roots-y Americana, backed by an accomplished band of eclectic musicians. One stand-out highlight comes in ‘Down On The Bowery’, which effortlessly shows out the capability of Lewis’ voice and his commitment to the craft.

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Mission Creep Album Review: Clash Magazine

A More-Than-Admirable Passion Project: Lush Blues Sound

by Robin Murray  | Clash Magazine | June 19, 2023

Mission Creep
7/10

The actor-turned-musician pathway is well worn by this point. Numerous stars of stage and Silver Screen have swapped their scripts for microphone stands, and it can sometimes feel like a diversion – a sort of adult gap year, in other words. Damian Lewis, however, is a little different; music was his first love, and in his youth he travelled across Europe, busking as he went. A perennial source of comfort and inspiration, in a way it’s a wonder the actor hasn’t recorded a full length project before.

‘Mission Creep’ is a mixture of fortune, and chance. Introduced to Giacomo Smith – leader of revered London jazz troupe Kansas Smitty’s House Band – Damian Lewis was able to build a band to augment his passions, allowing rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and jazz to sluice together. The songs on ‘Mission Creep’ – primarily original, with a smattering of covers – come from a personal place, offering tales of love, comfort, and loss.

While the performances aren’t about to reinvent the wheel, there’s enough here to certify ‘Mission Creep’ as a more-than-admirable passion project. The lush blues sound of ‘Zaragoza’ for instance perfectly blends his whisky-parched vocal with the excellent band surrounding him, while something like ‘Down On The Bowery’ has a trenchant sense of atmosphere.

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Mission Creep Album Review: Music OMH

An Enjoyable Collection of Well Crafted Songs

by John Murphy | Music OMH | June 17, 2023

Mission Creep

An enjoyable collection of well crafted songs, mostly self-penned, defy expectations for a debut album from a successful actor. It’s easy to be cynical about seeing yet another middle-aged actor deciding that it’s not enough to be wildly successful in their chosen field. No, what they really want to do is music. History is littered with such characters – in the last few years alone, Kiefer Sutherland, Russell Crowe and, famously, Johnny Depp have all turned their hand to rock music, with varying degrees of success.

You sense that Damian Lewis, best known for roles in TV shows like Band of Brothers, Billions and Homeland knows this too. “It’s just what the world needs…another record by an actor” he’s said, while promoting Mission Creep. The fact that it’s another collection of ‘authentic’ bluesy rock is yet another reason to be wary.

And yet…against expectations, Mission Creep is actually pretty enjoyable. It may not be enough for Lewis to give up his day job, but it’s certainly a respectable collection of well crafted songs – most of which have been written by Lewis himself. His voice, while maybe not the strongest instrument, is full of soul and character, and when he tackles the more personal material on Mission Creep, you can see why this was a particular itch he had to scratch.

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Mission Creep Album Review: Financial Times

A Warm, Rich Debut

by David Cheal | Financial Times | June 16, 2023

Mission Creep ★★★★

When Damian Lewis made his acting breakthrough as a US army major in the second world war TV drama Band of Brothers, it came as a shock to many viewers to learn that he is British, such was the seeming authenticity of his American accent. Now, at 52, Lewis springs another surprise: he is a singer-songwriter of some distinction, here releasing his debut album.

The publicity blurb tells us that as a young man Lewis took off with a guitar and busked across Europe, and that he has long since yearned to return to making music. While the songs here are a long way from being “busked”, they nevertheless have a loose, rootsy quality, a sense of swing and spontaneity. Stylistically the album covers a broad spectrum, from folk-rock to jazz to glam, but its sonic palette — acoustic guitar, keyboards, saxophone and clarinet, bursts of electric guitar, stabs of Hammond organ — brings cohesion to this disparateness.

And then of course there’s the big question: Can he sing? There’s a chequered history of actors turning to music, some with success (Minnie Driver, Hugh Laurie), some less so (Russell Crowe). Lewis belongs firmly in the former camp, possessing a tenorish voice that’s firm and true, ascending at times to considerable heights. He can write a decent tune, too: most of the songs here are by Lewis, with a sprinkling of covers.

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Mission Creep Album Review: MOJO Magazine

Authentic Rootsy Debut Album

by John Aizlewood | MOJO Magazine | July 2023 issue

Damian Lewis
Mission Creep ★★★

DECCA. CD/DL/LP

Homeland actor’s authentic rootsy debut album.

In the ever-variable tradition of actors making records, Homeland/Billions star Damian Lewis is of the authenticity-seeking variety, i.e. he’s more Billy Bob Thornton than David Hasselhoff. This means covers of ‘Harvest Moon’ and, more predictably but more successfully, J.J. Cale’s ‘After Midnight,’ plus a clutch of warm, slightly jazzy originals in a similar rootsy vein. His voice is gently grizzled, whether adding grit to the otherwise supper-club ‘Wanna Grow Old in Paris’ or wigging out with reasonable conviction on ‘She Comes.’ Lyrically, he’s a touch too desperate for edge on ‘Soho Tango’ (“you took me to the toilet, gave me coke,” indeed); he seems to have a car accident in ‘Makin’ Plans,’ and there’s an all-round surfeit of sexual tension. But when everything gels on the excellent ‘Down on the Bowery’ and ‘Zaragoza,’ it’s really quite, yes, authentic.

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