The Askew Sisters

Damien & the O-Men (Saturday)

Raised in Norfolk and heavily influenced by earlier Norfolk singers such as Walter Pardon and Peter Bellamy, Damien is a stylish and distinctive singer, either a capella or accompanied with guitar or concertina. Though he has lived in West Yorkshire for over 20 years he retains a strong East Anglian identity.
Best known in recent years for his critically acclaimed stage shows The Demon Barbers XL and The Lock In, Damien is now returning to the traditional songs of East Anglia that ignited his passion in folk music.
2019 will be Damien’s 30th anniversary as a professional Folk singer and to celebrate he will be launching a new 4-piece folk group ‘Damien & The O-Men’ with Matt Aplin (piano), Hugh McDermott (double bass) and Ben Griffith (percussion). They will be releasing their debut EP in 2019 along with promotional tracks in the next few weeks.
They will be leading a ‘Song Arrangement’ workshop on Saturday. This is something ideally suited to the skills of the group since two of their members studied at Leeds College of Music while Ben & Damien have fifteen years of experience working together on arranging songs for The Demon Barbers. They suggest that participants bring along a song and/or an instrument (any instrument is fine) then they’ll pick one of the songs and arrange it as a group.

Click here to hear what they sound like.