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Thursday July 17 2014
 8:00PM doors -- music at 9:00PM ••• 21 AND OVER
Damien Dempsey
 Irish, folk, traditional, Reggae
The Shams
 Celtic rock - folk pop

Damien Dempsey
-Dublin, Ireland. 
-Damien Dempsey is an Irish singer and songwriter who mixes traditional folk with contemporary lyrics to deliver social commentary on both the good and the bad elements of growing up in Ireland's Celtic Tiger society. His debut album in 2000, "They Don't Teach This Shit In School," set him apart as a unique and important voice, championed from an early stage in his career by Sinead O'Connor and others. The follow-up, "Seize The Day," released in 2003, marked teh beginning of his relationship with producer John Reynolds, picking up many awards and leading to extensive international tours. Commercial and critical success continued with the release of the No. 1 album "Shots" in 2005, backed by Brian Eno, and "To Hell or Barbados" in 2007, which debuted at No. 2 in the Irish charts.    

The Shams
Sean Daly, Joey Kennedy, James Scragg, Tregar Otton, Tommy O'Mahony, and Henry Moser.
-From San Francisco, California.
-The Shams first began in 2011 in San Francisco, when Sean Daly (front man from Donegal, Ireland) and fellow Irishmen James Scragg (drums from Cork, Ireland) and Joey Kennedy (guitar from Kilkenny, Ireland) decided to join musical forces. Not long after, the trio added Texan Kevin Tregar Otton (fiddle) and first generation Irish-American Tommy O'Mahony (upright and electric bass) into the mix to round out the group's soulful sound. Recently, the group brought in a sixth member, Henry Moser, to kick it up even further. The Shams provide listeners with a new, hard-hitting perspective on the evolution of Irish music, unlike any you've heard before. Today, the group draws Bay Area fans of all ages.