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INTERVIEW: Damien Leith & The Parting Glass

Damien Leith first captured the hearts of the Australian public in the 2006 reality television show Australian Idol. Since then he has enjoyed platinum selling albums and multiple awards including ARIAs, MTV Australia Video Music Awards and Helpmann Awards. He’s back in Newcastle in June with is breakthrough Cabaret, The Parting Glass: An Irish Journey.   

The Parting Glass: An Irish Journey made its debut at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival where it received a rousing response. More recently, it played a sell-out show at The Joan in Sydney and Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne, receiving standing ovations at both venues.  The musical play, which takes place in an Irish pub, sees Damien take on the role of both a father and a son as they get to the bottom of a deep secret that has haunted them both. It is filled with humour and emotion, and, as you would expect from any pub setting in Ireland, it features a live band.

We chatted to Damien over the phone about the show, how he gets into character and what it was like to record a duet with the late Bing Crosby.

WHAT: The Parting Glass: An Irish Journey
WHEN: Saturday, 27 June
WHERE: Lizottes