Damien Leith

At home with This tal­ented mu­si­cian is also a born sto­ry­teller

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - STYLE - Words Cather­ine Nikas-Bou­los Pic­tures Chris­tian Gilles More Damien Leith Sto­ry­time is avail­able on Google Play and iTunes, damien­lei­th­sto­ry­time.com

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.

Aboriginal art

I was do­ing a per­for­mance af­ter a screen­ing of Rab­bit Proof Fence. I was al­ready emo­tional, then an el­der, Aunty Shirley, gave me this paint­ing of the Rain­bow Ser­pent.

Who Singer-song­writer Damien Leith Where Stan­more Eileen, with his wife, and their chil­dren Jag­ger, 10, Jarvis, 12, and Kikki, 6 Favourite thing gui­tars, I have a lot of both acous­tic and Get­ting a elec­tric.c. gui­tar as a present my par­ents fromm when...

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