Pat Dam Smyth
When Pat Dam Smyth entered the studio to record his debut album after a life that has taken him down many winding lanes – including performing with Paul Weller and Mick Jones, touring with the Smoky Angle Shades and busking on some of Europe's most famous streets for spare change – people were intrigued and somewhat dubiously curious to the sound that would be accomplished in those recordings.
Pat’s debut album The Great Divide has already been hailed by the Irish music industry as a masterpiece, bringing a long lost innocence of song writing and a refreshing echo of nostalgic sentiment where music was something that evoked emotion to the forefront of the public’s attention again.
The Great Divide’s musical references include that of legendary acts such as Dennis Wilson and Wilco with song writing ability close to that of Ray Davies, John Lennon and Bob Dylan. The album draws on many of Pat’s personal experiences from the darkest of death and mental illness to the uplifting experiences that love and living life have to offer, it is these moments that make the record one of the most special releases of 2012.
Pat’s release has gathered mass public attention in Ireland including sold out shows performing to over four hundred people at some of the biggest ROI venues as well as a devoted US following and promising reviews from The Independent and The Irish Times.