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Avenging & Bright Out Now!

January 8, 2018

My third solo Avenging & Bright is out for all to hear!! You can learn more about the recording, performances and background to the tracks on a brand new video on my YouTube page here!

There’s been a phenomenal response from press and radio stations, with a 5* review from Sunday Express and comments of ‘Pin sharp production and stellar musicianship…an eclectic canvas of sounds’ by Northern Sky Magazine. Most importantly, I’m over the moon with your reception of the album so far and hope to keep this moving on into the future. Thanks a billion for your amazing support guys!! 

Avenging & Bright is ready to download and stream from all major digital platforms, including: iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Tidal and Amazon Music.

The album is also available on CD from Pure Records and Amazon.

Avenging & Bright Pre Order

November 21, 2017

I am thrilled to announce I’ll be releasing my third solo record on December 8th! It is called Avenging & Bright and continues my journey of finding new ways of telling the old stories I love to find. There are a couple of originals in here as well. More news to follow soon but for now pre orders can be placed Xx

Click here to pre order the album!

Tour Dates Announcement

January 20, 2017

‘Ladies and gentlepeeps, I’m very pleased to be heading out on a double headlining tour with hugely talented musician and singer Daoirí Farrell, in March 2017. I’ll be diddlin’ and singing with my trio including the skills of Steven Byrnes on guitars and percussion and Steven Iveson on electric guitar (the boys also play in my big band) and Daoirí will be going solo. I dare to say there may be a collaboration coming on too 😉 See you there Xx’

Click here for tour dates

Damien O’Kane Trio / Daoiri Farrell in Barnsley

January 11, 2017

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nomination

February 15, 2016

We’re thrilled to announce Damien’s album Areas of High Traffic has been nominated  by BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for best album in 2015!

The awards ceremony will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 27th April where the winner will be announced.

This is a public vote so please pass on the word and if you have enjoyed the new album please lend your support to Damien by voting here;

Vote here

Voting finishes on Friday 19th at midnight.

Awards, BBC prestige and Added to Mike Hardings ‘Best of 2015’ for Areas of High Traffic

January 11, 2016

*FolkWords Announced the winners of their 2015 FolkWords Album Awards on Friday 8th January and Areas of High Traffic was named winner of ‘BEST ALBUM FROM A MALE ARTIST’ and runner-up in ‘ALBUM OF THE YEAR.’ Fantastic news!!!

*AOHT was also announced last night as BBC RADIO MERSEYSIDE ‘Folkscene’ Show ‘ALBUM OF THE YEAR,’ where presenter Mike Brocken said, ‘One of the best albums I’ve heard in decades.’

Last but definitely not least, Mike Harding added AOHT to his ‘Best of 2015’ on his radio show last night. A great honour indeed from such a fine man. Thanks Mike

Thanks to all for your continued support 😉

On Tour with Kate Rusby in Beverley on te%

January 8, 2016

Nominations and Prestigious Accolade for Damien’s AREAS OF HIGH TRAFFIC

January 6, 2016

Areas of High Traffic has been Nominated for FOLKWORDS ALBUM AWARDS 2015 in not one but two categories – BEST ALBUM BY A MALE ARTIST and ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2015 😉


AOHT was also added to SUNDAY EXPRESS ‘TOP 10 CDs OF 2015’ alongside great artists such as Waterboys, Lana Del Rey, Mercury Rev and more…


Great news!! 

More Exciting News and Reviews

January 1, 2016

Well another couple of fine bits of news for Damien’s new album AREAS OF HIGH TRAFFIC. 

It was chosen as ALBUM OF THE MONTH, November 2015 by Tim Collins at FolkWords. Up against tough competition such as new and innovative Irish trio Ulaid (John McSherry, Donal O’Connor and Sean Og Graham), Damien pulled through as Tim’s choice of the month.

Areas Of High Traffic has also been chosen as BBC Merseyside Folk Show ‘FolkScene’ ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2015. Thanks to them for the support.

Theres’s lots more reviews for AOHT if you want to have a read.

Happy New Year from Damien and Band and see you on the road somewhere 2016 😉 Xxx

The Telegraph Best Folk Albums of 2015

December 16, 2015

Following a fantastic 4★ review in the Telegraph, Areas of High Traffic has now been added to their ‘Best Folk Albums of 2015’ 👍😀🎅