“Compassion, romance, a sense of mortality and a sense of history run through the songs of Declan O’Rourke. The gravity of the deliberation in their melodies, their calmly sustained phrases, their fatalistic undertone — informs his songs, whether they’re about faithful love or reckoning with elemental forces. — His calling is a balladeer, proffering re-assurance in the face of inevitable sorrow.” Jon Pareles, The New York Times
Declan O’Rourke is a highly successful Irish artist, acclaimed by his peers, and having achieved many plau- dits with his five albums released to date. Declan’s soulful music, rooted in folk and trad, has attracted the praise of countless industry giants, including John Prine, and Paul Weller, among others. The Dubliner’s legend John Sheahan, declared recently that, “after 50 years I have decided it’s time to put a lid on the ‘The Dubliners,’ but I’m sure you’ll all agree that with Declan, and Damien (Dempsey), the future is in good hands.”
O’Rourke’s songwriting style moves faultlessly between impressionism, and story telling, and can be at home in almost any form. A dynamic performer, he is at once as comfortable fronting a 50-piece orchestra, as playing solo with a guitar.
Songs of Declan’s have been covered by a growing list of established artists ranging from Christy Moore, to Eddi Reader, and Josh Groban.
Declan’s debut album in 2004, Since Kyabram, debuted at no. 5 on the Irish Charts and achieved double- platinum sales, earning him three Meteor Awards nominations including Best Male, Best Album, and Best Folk/Traditional Album, as well as leading to a recording contract with the UK based Major label V2. His debut album launch took place over three sold-out nights in Whelan’s, one of Dublin’s most popular music venues, and was broadcast live nationally on Today FM. The debut single ‘Galileo’ brought O’Rourke much critical acclaim, and has been recorded and performed by many artists, from Camille O’Sullivan to singer Josh Groban who cut it for his album Illuminations..
O’Rourke’s second album Big Bad Beautiful World, released in 2007, also went Platinum in Ireland, debut- ing at no. 4.
In 2010 he released his third studio album Mag Pai Zai under, Rimecoat Records, his own label. It topped the success of his first two albums, holding its own in Ireland’s Top 10 Album Charts for four consecutive weeks, and made ‘Album of the Week’ on BBC Radio Scotland and RTE Radio 1. ‘A Little Something,’ the
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