In this Film Ireland podcast Gemma Creagh talks to Ross Killeen about Love Yourself Today, which centres around the music of Irish singer songwriter Damien Dempsey but also turns the lens onto his fans.
Every Christmas in Dublin, the crowds gather for Damo’s Christmas gig at Vicar Street. For many, these shows have become a cathartic ritual, a safe space where emotions can be laid bare. Through the prism of the concert, we meet Dempsey and three members of the audience. We hear their stories, unravel their grief and find the light in the darkness through communal art.
With themes of addiction, loss but also hope and positivity, Dempsey’s music often reflects his fans’ pain, alleviates their anguish and ultimately provides peace as they ‘sing all their cares away’.
Part documentary, part concert film, Love Yourself Today is an emotive celebration of modern spirituality and the power of music to heal
Love Yourself Today is in cinemas from 5th November 2021.
“As the country opens up and finally musicians can take their rightful place on stage in front of a crowd again, it’s the perfect time to reflect, recalibrate and celebrate. There’s a timeliness to the themes in Love Yourself Today that will resonate not just with fans of trad – but with anyone in need of a boost.”
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