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Damian Lewis Scheduled to Perform Music Gig at Black Deer Festival 2024

Festival of Americana

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 7, 2024

Damian Lewis returns to the 5th annual Black Deer music festival.

Damian shared on Instagram that he and his band are coming back for round two and they will be performing on the Main Stage! MyLondon reports Damian and his band are scheduled for Friday’s entertainment.

The entire festival runs from June 14-16, 2024 at Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent – near East Sussex, England.

A wide variety of tier-type tickets will become available soon and right now tier 3 tickets are on sale here.

Initial line-up includes Sheryl Crow, Courtney Barnett (her song was featured on Billions), guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa, Portland, Dale Watson & His Lonestars, Eli Paperboy Reed and BC Camplight. Further announcements coming soon.

The festival is described as being dropped into a musical melting pot – a door into the world of Americana and country – including, but not limited to Folk, Bluegrass, Roots and the Blues. The Independent calls it, “One of the most culturally eclectic and rewarding festival experiences in the UK.”

Other fun activities at the event include camping, a young folk adventure, custom motorcycles and trucks, a saloon bar with craft beers, BBQ arena with smokehouse cooking and southern comfort food, and demos/masterclasses with renowned chefs. For more information, visit Black Deer Festival’s website here.

Source: Black Deer Festival
Secondary Source: The Independent
Secondary Source: Kent Online
Tertiary Source: MyLondon

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Damian Lewis: Man on a Mission

On The Record

by Paul Kirkley | Weekend Magazine | July 27, 2023, Issue #658

Damian Lewis has the acting world at his feet – so why has he stepped out of the comfort zone to release a debut album and take it on tour? He tells Paul Kirkley about the challenge of changing career lanes – and why the first person he needed to convince was himself.

Damian Lewis has a cast-iron excuse for having slept through his 10am appointment with Weekend – he’s been up all night shooting scenes for his latest role as a vampire in supernatural comedy The Radleys. And vampires, famously, are not morning people.

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Damian Lewis Performed Gig at Mercury Lounge New York

Billion Dollar Show

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

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Just on the heels of playing Union Chapel on July 11 in London, Damian hopped across the pond to play a music gig at Mercury Lounge in New York City on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Damian’s girlfriend Alison Mosshart was in attendance, as well as some familiar faces from the Showtime television series Billions – including Kelly AuCoin (Dollar Bill Stearn), Asia Kate Dillon (Taylor Mason) and Sarah Stiles (Bonnie Barella). View more photos from the event in our Gallery here.

His short-order band for the New York gig was organized through an introduction by friend and musician Jason Isbell to Grammy nominated musician, producer and songwriter Peter Levin because Damian’s London-based band had either scheduling conflicts or visa delays.

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Mission Creep: Official Album Charting

UK’s Official Charts Ranking

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

Damian’s debut album Mission Creep , which was released on June 16, 2023, has reached several key milestones in the official charts, UK! Congrats to Damian and his band on this monumental achievement!

Official Albums Sales Chart

The UK’s Top 100 biggest artist albums of the week, compiled by the Official Charts Company, based on sales of CDs, vinyl, cassettes and digital downloads.

Top 40
Peak Position 38 (week of June 22 – June 28, 2023)

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Damian Lewis Performed Music Gig at Union Chapel

Islington Conquered

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 11, 2023

Just after the release of his debut album Mission Creep on June 16, 2023 and on the heels of playing Black Deer Festival and Rough Trade East, Damian returned to the stage with his fantastic band for a show at Union Chapel in London on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, with opening gig and supporting act from the brilliant Christy O’Donnell. The 14-song set included Down on the Bowery, Zaragoza, Hole in My Roof, Soho Tango, Harvest Moon, Never Judge a Man by His Umbrella, Werewolves of London, Wanna Grow Old in Paris, new song Fate, Makin’ Plans, Why, She Comes, with encore performances of After Midnight and his new song She Makin’ Me Change.

Before beginning his new song She Makin’ Me Change, he said, “Manon and Gully, if you’re out there, I love you.” Others in the audience were his siblings Gareth, William and Amanda, as well as Sharmila Collins of Cure EB, Debbi Clark of Sir HvH Arts, members from the Fan Fun with Damian Lewis team and Damian’s former drama school teacher Kenneth Rea, whom Damian wrote the foreword to his book The Outstanding Actor. Family and friends gathered for an afterparty at Islington’s late night music pub, The Grace. View more images and videos from the event in our Gallery.

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Damian Lewis’s Favourite Musical London Hotspots

Victorian Loos and Celtic Singalongs: The Music Scene That Made Damian Lewis

by Jess Phillips | TimeOut Newsletter | July 10, 2023

Before becoming one of Hollywood’s go-to tough guys in shows like Band of Brothers and Homeland, Damian Lewis was a busker, snaking his way into Leicester Square and Green Park tube stations and dragging his guitar across Europe on the back of his motorbike. During lockdown he rediscovered his love of music and has since performed at Wilderness Festival, Black Deer Fest and Cheltenham Jazz Festival, releasing his rock n’ roll and jazz-inspired debut album, Mission Creep, last month. From converted toilets to Celtic singalongs, he talks us through the London music scene that shaped him.

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Damian Lewis Sings National Anthem at the British Grand Prix

A Jazzed Up Rendition

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 9, 2023

Damian opened the proceedings at the grid ceremony of the Formula 1 Aramco British Grand Prix on race day, Sunday, July 9, 2023. From the starting line he performed the British National Anthem “God Save the King” with a jazz twist and a saxophonist. The day before, Saturday, July 08, 2023, Damian rocked the Paddock by performing songs from his debut album Mission Creep after the qualifying event at Silverstone Circuit in Northampton, England,

View more images from race day/national anthem (DAY 2) in our Gallery here.
View more images from paddock performance/qualifying event (DAY 1) in our Gallery here.

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Damian Lewis Rocks the Paddock at the British Grand Prix and Catches Up With Brad Pitt

Once Upon a Time…

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 8, 2023

Damian rocked the Paddock by performing songs from his debut album Mission Creep after the qualifying event on Saturday, July 08, 2023 at Silverstone Circuit in Northampton, England, but not before running into his former Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood co-star Brad Pitt! The two can be seen here all smiles as they shake hands and catch up. Media outlets report Brad is filming scenes for an upcoming movie about Formula One racing. And we know why Damian is there!

Damian also attended the rooftop party of Hilton’s Garden Inn Silverstone grand opening on Saturday, bumping into Paris Hilton and Lando Norris. Tune in tomorrow because Damian will perform the national anthem as he opens proceedings at the grid ceremony of the Formula 1 Aramco British Grand Prix on race day, Sunday, July 9, 2023, scheduled from 2:45-2:48 pm BST. View more images from today’s event in our Gallery here.

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Award-Winning Actor Turned Rock Star Damian Lewis Reveals His Backstage Demands

“A Small Towel, Some Water and a Bottle of Tequila”

by Simon Gage | Metro SixtySeconds | July 7, 2023

You’ll know Damian Lewis, 52, from award-winning roles in shows like Homeland, Band Of Brothers and Billions, but you won’t know him in his new incarnation as a singer/songwriter about to do shows with his own band. When his wife, actress Helen McCrory, died he turned to music and came up with a bluesy, rocky, self-penned album called Mission Creep and – with the support of his children – he’s getting it out there.

Were people surprised when they heard you were releasing an album?
Er, yes…is the short answer. My close friends and people I’ve grown up with know that I play the guitar and sing.

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Damian Lewis to Open British Grand Prix With Performance of National Anthem

Plus a Performance in the Paddock

by Mike Bedigan | Evening Standard | June 27, 2023

British actor Damian Lewis will perform the national anthem as he opens proceedings at the grid ceremony of the Formula 1 Aramco British Grand Prix on race day, Sunday, July 9, 2023, scheduled from 2:45-2:48 pm BST. Also, he and his band will perform live in the paddock at Silverstone on Saturday, July 8 after the qualifying session. Lewis’s performance forms part of Silverstone’s commitment to enhance its music and the arts offering. Some 160,000 people are expected to attend race day with millions more watching across the globe. It’s not the first time Damian has attended the British Grand Prix – view photos of him from last year in 2022 – but it will be his first time performing at the event.  Lewis said:

“Never in a million years did I think I’d be singing the national anthem or playing a gig with my band at the British Grand Prix. It’s so special, with a unique festival atmosphere and I’m honoured to have been asked.”

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Damian Lewis Is Happy Playing Smaller Venues

The Band All Love Playing Live

by Claudia Cockerell | Evening Standard | June 27, 2023

Damian Lewis is accustomed to the strobe of paparazzi bulbs and crowds of fans clamouring for his attention on the red carpet. At its peak, his hit show Homeland was averaging around 7 million weekly viewers. But Lewis is the latest actor to pivot to music, and last week he played an intimate show to about 150 people at Rough Trade, the record store in East London.

The gig was the first since the release of his debut album, ‘Mission Creep’. His sound is folk-rock, with lots of guitar, hints of jazz, and a crooning voice. His influences range from Neil Young to J.J. Cale. What has it been like to go from gracing blockbuster TV shows to performing to a small crowd at an indie venue, I ask? “Fantastic,” he tells me. “The band all love playing live. But we can’t play bigger venues until we’ve proved ourselves in smaller venues”.

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Evening Standard Speaks With Damian Lewis at Rough Trade East Gig

Always Remember to Twiddle Your Knob

by Ethan Croft | Evening Standard Diary | June 26, 2023

Damian Lewis doesn’t know if he is still an actor after making a departure into the music industry. We caught up with the Homeland star as he performed with a band to a crowd of around 150 friends and fans at Rough Trade in Brick Lane. He was playing tracks from Mission Creep, his debut album.

Lewis’s surprise career change certainly crept up on us. When we asked if he still considers acting to be his main job, he said “I don’t know. Watch this space. We’re not very good at changing lanes in this country. We don’t like people to change lanes. It’s just about whether you’re good or not. It’s as simple as that,” he said.

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