At home with This talented musician is also a born storyteller
Since winning Australian Idol in 2006, singer-songwriter Damien Leith has released seven albums and played countless gigs. While touring is inevitable, the stability in his life has been his family (wife Eileen and their three children) and then his love of Sydney’s inner west. Born in Ireland but based in Stanmore, Damien and his family have found their forever home.
“I have lived in the inner west for as long as I have been in Australia. Actually, at one point I lived in the eastern suburbs, but have been around here for the rest of the time,” Damien says. “I love the vibe of the inner west. I love Sydney as a whole, but the inner west has a definite personality. It’s artistic, it’s got great food and has a cool, ‘anything goes’ vibe.”
The Leith home is classic Victorian, with high ceilings among its decorative features.
“This house is right up our alley. It’s got such character and I love that it has been here for such a long time,” Damien says.
It was there that the concept of his app and CD, Damien Leith Storytime (below right) was born. A collection of the original stories he told his children over the years, he would save them on his phone so the kids could replay them, and over time had accumulated 104 stories.
“It was a great way of preparing the kids for sleep. I would ask them, ‘What do you want to hear a story about?’ And if they were into super heroes, I would create a story about that. I thought, ‘I bet all the parents could get use out of this’.”
Damien re-recorded 17 stories with special effects. Each runs from 15-20 minutes and the app will be updated with new material.
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