Rev. Fr. Elegwen O'Maoileoin, OGM, ORC, Dip. C.S., M.Div., Ph.D.(cnd) is creating DAMANTA & the musical priest
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AS THIS IS THE 10 year anniversary world tour of the release of my 4th album, but debut studio release as DAMANTA: "The Drunken Priest & the ghostly hymns of autumn" (Midsummer 2008); I will share the press release we used ten years ago and factsheet that got us the break to open for The Mothers of [motherfucking] Invention. EVERYTHING has changed since that distant decade...see for yourself if you like.


Here you go:

PRIEST Turned POET
Folk band Damanta (an Irish-Canadian hybrid project) realeases their new record (on CD and vinyl) The Drunken Priest: and the ghostly hymns of autumn, on midsummer day, 2008.
In 2005, Elegwen Ó Maoileóin graduated from seminary and was headed for the priesthood. Already accepted to do his PhD in theology, he went on a pilgrimage to celebrate the end of his seven years of priestly training. Then the road curved and his path changed.
A long time singer of Irish sean nós songs and Scottish ballads, an expert bodhrán player and intermediate uilleann piper, Elegwen awoke one night with a song in his head. The song was an adaptation of Irish feminist author, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill's "Taimid Damanta, a dhearfaracha”; "We Are Damned, My Sisters,” about the feminist liberation in the 1970s in the West of Ireland. Next came "The Hazel Wood," inspired by a W.B. Yeats poem. Damanta, meaning "damned," "deadly," or "awesome" – also used in the Aran Islands as an extreme superlative – became the name to express this collection of songs, which now number over 50, and serve as the ministry of this young man, once called to the priesthood, who now wanders the world like the minstrels of old.

An Irish Jethro Tull
The sound of Damanta, and Elegwen`s songs have been described by Juno-winning folk producer, Paul Gitlitz, as a cross between Iain Anderson (the voice of Jethro Tull) and Jim Morrison of The Doors. With the Irish high and low whistles, the lutes, uilleann pipes along with funky bass and groovy rhythms of Damanta`s percussionist, the comparison is sound. Except, unlike Jethro Tull, Damanta has a distinctly Irish sound. Think: Jethro Tull meets Planxty, but with energy of Ashley MacIsaac. Other influences on Damanta`s are the Irishmen Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Andy Irvine, juxtaposed with heavier alt bands, The Tea Party and Tool. (Cover songs of which can be occassionally heard alongside


In the last three years, Damanta has moved frequently back and forth between Ireland, Europe and Canada with the support of Dan Rothery at Image Artists International, a B.C. indie label.
recorded and produced by Juno winning folk-musician Paul Gitlitz, will be featured on the album along with both a folk and rock version of "The Drunken Priests of Donegal."
Begun by frontman Elegwen Ó Maoileóin in Galway, Ireland, the band has played Celtic festivals in Vancouver and Europe. Their mixture of ultra-traditional Irish music with rock elements increasingly gains them fans and has won attention of a famous Canadian rock producer – tentatively scheduled to record with Damanta this Summer in Ireland.
Priest Turned Poet
“Most of our songs are about the dark side of love,” says Elegwen, 27, who finished his training for the priesthood in 2005. After graduating, instead entering the Church he changed course to that of the wandering minstrel, writing original songs in the vein of other rock-fusion bands Jethro Tull, Planxty, The Tea Party, and Ashley MacIsaac.
Originally a three piece with banjo, fiddle, accoustic and electric lute, the core of Damanta now features two Canadians, Todd Biffard and Colin Cowan on drum and bass. With the full ensemble of 5 musicians playing at larger shows, Damanta sometimes plays smaller venues as a 3-piece power trio.
This versatility also allows the bands Celtic folk fusion songs to be heard in both intimate and large environments.
Both new singles can be heard on the band's myspace site and will be released on The Drunken Priest EP on St Patrick's Day, 2008.
Damanta will be playing at numerous shows in and around Vancouver before returning to Belfast, Ireland in May.



Select Reviews
"What a great CD cover with the trunk of the tree as rather sensuous woman and the branches her arms. I thought this is very like some of the sessions that I've heard in Ireland. I was very impressed with Elegwen's talent and the number of instruments he plays... whistles, uilleann pipes along with Irish bouzouki. All the songs on Damanta were written and composed by Elegwen. His style is somewhat reminiscent of the famous group Planxty."
-- Catholine Butler, The Celtic Connection

FACTS ABOUT DAMANTA

Founded by Elegwen Ó Maoileóin in January, 2005.
Damanta takes its name from the poem “Taimid Damanta, Dhearfaracha” by the Irish poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, which means, “We Are Damned, My Sisters”.
The Irish word Damanta, however, is sometimes used as the extreme superlative (in the dialect the island of Inis Mór’s). Damanta is also used to be “deadly” or “cool”, especially on Irelands Radío na Gaeltachta (Irish language radio station).
Damanta opened for Vancouver’s 2005 St Patrick’s Day parade in front of thousands. At the corner of Georgia and Granville.
Damanta performed in Ireland and across Europe. Booking shows in seven European countries.
Damanta played live on Ireland’s Radío na Gaeltachta, in Galway at the Arus na nGael.
Damanta includes members of Irish and Canadian nationalities, and promotes the Irish (Gaelic) language in their choices of traditional songs, and in their writing of new songs. As well as by bantering as Gaeilge on stage.
Damanta played live on 99.3 CFOX radio station in Vancouver in 2006.
Played promotional shows for Diageo, owner of the Guinness Corporation.
Damanta featured at the Spring Mysteries Festival in WA, the largest pagan gathering in America.
Damanta recorded a live-off-the-floor e.p., available in stores in Ireland, Vancouver, and CD Baby online through iTunes and other distributors.
Has received radio play in B.C. and Ireland of select songs from their e.p., “Alive On Pentecost”.
Toured the B.C. Gulf Islands, opening for acclaimed old-time band Dyad.
Interviewed by Nanaimo’s CHLY Radio station.
Currently performs as solo singer act, an acoustic 3 piece or a 5 piece with drum kit and bass.
Acquired a recording deal in April, 2007 for the full studio album “Amáraċ” to be released in autumn, 2008.
Has finished recording studio single, “The Fall Song”, with Juno-winning folk producer, Paul Gitlitz.
Recorded two versions (rock and folk) of The Drunken Priests of Donegal for the DRUNKEN PRIEST EP, set to release on St Patrick's Day, 2008.

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This COULD be YOU!
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You ANIMAL
$5 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)
Everything and anything I produce for DAMANTA and my other musical and literary work...from first looks, behind the scenes to last copies I dig out of my storage or set lists from dive bars in Prague or Bangkok, it's yours. 


Thank you for joining me on this journey through the creative heavens & hells of this pilgrimage.


Dinner and Drink Friend...
$13 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
You're buying me a dinner and a drink each month and so I will invite you to dinner and drinks whenever I'm in your town! 


The current pilgrimage and world tour will take me til 2021, at which point I plan on revisiting my goals and desires on January 31st of that year when Justin Timberlake and I turn 40...Age of Aquarius and the Aeon of Horus, some say. 


Til then...words + music are gonna keep coming at a pace! 


cheers,

DAMANTA

Fr. Elegwen O'Maoileoin

"The Drunken Priest"


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Ill stream an exclusive hour here once a week at the time best for you all: As Yeats said, "Ballads and stories, rann and songs..."

Visit my Anchor.fm/Elegwen POETICS Podcast in the meantime...and thank you all. 
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AS THIS IS THE 10 year anniversary world tour of the release of my 4th album, but debut studio release as DAMANTA: "The Drunken Priest & the ghostly hymns of autumn" (Midsummer 2008); I will share the press release we used ten years ago and factsheet that got us the break to open for The Mothers of [motherfucking] Invention. EVERYTHING has changed since that distant decade...see for yourself if you like.


Here you go:

PRIEST Turned POET
Folk band Damanta (an Irish-Canadian hybrid project) realeases their new record (on CD and vinyl) The Drunken Priest: and the ghostly hymns of autumn, on midsummer day, 2008.
In 2005, Elegwen Ó Maoileóin graduated from seminary and was headed for the priesthood. Already accepted to do his PhD in theology, he went on a pilgrimage to celebrate the end of his seven years of priestly training. Then the road curved and his path changed.
A long time singer of Irish sean nós songs and Scottish ballads, an expert bodhrán player and intermediate uilleann piper, Elegwen awoke one night with a song in his head. The song was an adaptation of Irish feminist author, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill's "Taimid Damanta, a dhearfaracha”; "We Are Damned, My Sisters,” about the feminist liberation in the 1970s in the West of Ireland. Next came "The Hazel Wood," inspired by a W.B. Yeats poem. Damanta, meaning "damned," "deadly," or "awesome" – also used in the Aran Islands as an extreme superlative – became the name to express this collection of songs, which now number over 50, and serve as the ministry of this young man, once called to the priesthood, who now wanders the world like the minstrels of old.

An Irish Jethro Tull
The sound of Damanta, and Elegwen`s songs have been described by Juno-winning folk producer, Paul Gitlitz, as a cross between Iain Anderson (the voice of Jethro Tull) and Jim Morrison of The Doors. With the Irish high and low whistles, the lutes, uilleann pipes along with funky bass and groovy rhythms of Damanta`s percussionist, the comparison is sound. Except, unlike Jethro Tull, Damanta has a distinctly Irish sound. Think: Jethro Tull meets Planxty, but with energy of Ashley MacIsaac. Other influences on Damanta`s are the Irishmen Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Andy Irvine, juxtaposed with heavier alt bands, The Tea Party and Tool. (Cover songs of which can be occassionally heard alongside


In the last three years, Damanta has moved frequently back and forth between Ireland, Europe and Canada with the support of Dan Rothery at Image Artists International, a B.C. indie label.
recorded and produced by Juno winning folk-musician Paul Gitlitz, will be featured on the album along with both a folk and rock version of "The Drunken Priests of Donegal."
Begun by frontman Elegwen Ó Maoileóin in Galway, Ireland, the band has played Celtic festivals in Vancouver and Europe. Their mixture of ultra-traditional Irish music with rock elements increasingly gains them fans and has won attention of a famous Canadian rock producer – tentatively scheduled to record with Damanta this Summer in Ireland.
Priest Turned Poet
“Most of our songs are about the dark side of love,” says Elegwen, 27, who finished his training for the priesthood in 2005. After graduating, instead entering the Church he changed course to that of the wandering minstrel, writing original songs in the vein of other rock-fusion bands Jethro Tull, Planxty, The Tea Party, and Ashley MacIsaac.
Originally a three piece with banjo, fiddle, accoustic and electric lute, the core of Damanta now features two Canadians, Todd Biffard and Colin Cowan on drum and bass. With the full ensemble of 5 musicians playing at larger shows, Damanta sometimes plays smaller venues as a 3-piece power trio.
This versatility also allows the bands Celtic folk fusion songs to be heard in both intimate and large environments.
Both new singles can be heard on the band's myspace site and will be released on The Drunken Priest EP on St Patrick's Day, 2008.
Damanta will be playing at numerous shows in and around Vancouver before returning to Belfast, Ireland in May.



Select Reviews
"What a great CD cover with the trunk of the tree as rather sensuous woman and the branches her arms. I thought this is very like some of the sessions that I've heard in Ireland. I was very impressed with Elegwen's talent and the number of instruments he plays... whistles, uilleann pipes along with Irish bouzouki. All the songs on Damanta were written and composed by Elegwen. His style is somewhat reminiscent of the famous group Planxty."
-- Catholine Butler, The Celtic Connection

FACTS ABOUT DAMANTA

Founded by Elegwen Ó Maoileóin in January, 2005.
Damanta takes its name from the poem “Taimid Damanta, Dhearfaracha” by the Irish poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, which means, “We Are Damned, My Sisters”.
The Irish word Damanta, however, is sometimes used as the extreme superlative (in the dialect the island of Inis Mór’s). Damanta is also used to be “deadly” or “cool”, especially on Irelands Radío na Gaeltachta (Irish language radio station).
Damanta opened for Vancouver’s 2005 St Patrick’s Day parade in front of thousands. At the corner of Georgia and Granville.
Damanta performed in Ireland and across Europe. Booking shows in seven European countries.
Damanta played live on Ireland’s Radío na Gaeltachta, in Galway at the Arus na nGael.
Damanta includes members of Irish and Canadian nationalities, and promotes the Irish (Gaelic) language in their choices of traditional songs, and in their writing of new songs. As well as by bantering as Gaeilge on stage.
Damanta played live on 99.3 CFOX radio station in Vancouver in 2006.
Played promotional shows for Diageo, owner of the Guinness Corporation.
Damanta featured at the Spring Mysteries Festival in WA, the largest pagan gathering in America.
Damanta recorded a live-off-the-floor e.p., available in stores in Ireland, Vancouver, and CD Baby online through iTunes and other distributors.
Has received radio play in B.C. and Ireland of select songs from their e.p., “Alive On Pentecost”.
Toured the B.C. Gulf Islands, opening for acclaimed old-time band Dyad.
Interviewed by Nanaimo’s CHLY Radio station.
Currently performs as solo singer act, an acoustic 3 piece or a 5 piece with drum kit and bass.
Acquired a recording deal in April, 2007 for the full studio album “Amáraċ” to be released in autumn, 2008.
Has finished recording studio single, “The Fall Song”, with Juno-winning folk producer, Paul Gitlitz.
Recorded two versions (rock and folk) of The Drunken Priests of Donegal for the DRUNKEN PRIEST EP, set to release on St Patrick's Day, 2008.

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Tiers
This COULD be YOU!
$1 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
You ANIMAL
$5 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)
Everything and anything I produce for DAMANTA and my other musical and literary work...from first looks, behind the scenes to last copies I dig out of my storage or set lists from dive bars in Prague or Bangkok, it's yours. 


Thank you for joining me on this journey through the creative heavens & hells of this pilgrimage.


Dinner and Drink Friend...
$13 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
You're buying me a dinner and a drink each month and so I will invite you to dinner and drinks whenever I'm in your town! 


The current pilgrimage and world tour will take me til 2021, at which point I plan on revisiting my goals and desires on January 31st of that year when Justin Timberlake and I turn 40...Age of Aquarius and the Aeon of Horus, some say. 


Til then...words + music are gonna keep coming at a pace! 


cheers,

DAMANTA

Fr. Elegwen O'Maoileoin

"The Drunken Priest"