Many people have been posting on social media to praise Irish singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey’s documentary which aired last night.
The Dubliner, 47, filmed Love Yourself Today live on Vicar Street and around Dublin in the run up to Christmas 2019.
Filmmaker Ross Killeen directed the documentary in an attempt to capture the raw and emotional nature of Dempsey’s performances.
“When Ross came to me with the idea for the film, I thought he’ll never be able to capture what’s going on in this room,” Dempsey told the Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ.
“But somehow he did it. I was amazed by that, I think because he was doing it about the fans and not about me. It is very healing.”
Mr Killeen said the film is about hope, positivity, the nature and power of healing.
“It’s important to say that while everyone is crumbling at the concert, Damien makes everyone feel great walking out on the last song. I left that gig feeling like I was two stones lighter,” he said.
“If you’re in the gig and you look around you realize everyone has a story and all the generations are in this space and everything is relative to them.
“It’s trying to understand what’s so deeply resonating with fans about their music and what they’ve been through.”
Dempsey urged people to seek help and speak out about any trauma they have endured throughout their lives. He said music is his “healing power”.
“You have to talk about it and face it head-on and talk about it, that’s the only way it’s ever going to heal. You kind of have to let it go and forgive it,” he said.
“I have the music, the music kind of helps you, it puts you in a better vibration.”
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Viewers praised the “inspirational” musician and acknowledged the “cathartic” nature of the documentary.
One Twitter user said: “Damien Dempsey is without a doubt the best singer/songwriter to come off this island in the last 30 years. His level of passion and enthusiasm is second to none.”
Another said: “Damien Dempsey’s documentary just proves the power of music and how it can literally change someone’s life.”
While another wrote: “A poet, a singer, an inspirational social commentator, a healer. Damien Dempsey is amazing and this documentary is just amazing.”
Love Yourself Today can be viewed on RTÉ Player.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/singer-damien-dempseys-rte-documentary-praised-by-viewers-for-its-cathartic-spirit-41922937.html Singer Damien Dempsey’s RTÉ documentary has been praised by viewers for its ‘cathartic’ spirit