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DeclanDeclan 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 appeared on season five of BBC’s Transatlantic Session alongside Alison Krauss and Amos Lee, and on on two seasons of the popular music show Other Voices.
His sold-out performance at Sydney’s Basement venue was broadcast on Australian TV’s ABC network.

Historically, support and guest slots around the UK and Europe include John Prine, Snow Patrol, Paul Weller, Paul Brady, Planxty, The Cardigans, Glen Hansard, Divine Comedy, The Mavericks, Paulo Nutini, Teddy Thompson, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Badly Drawn Boy, and New Zealand indie-sensation Bic Runga.

In 2012, Declan performed alongside Bono, Damian Rice, Lupe Fiasco and Bob Geldof at Electric Burma, a concert in celebration of Burmese Humanitarian Aung San Suu Kyi.

At the 2013 Oscars, Declan played the Oscar Wilde awards in LA for such luminaries as Steven Spielberg and J. J. Abrams.

April 2013, Declan sold out an 7 night residency with a string quartet at New York City’s Donaghy Arts The- atre. The residence was a smashing success and was raved about by Jon Pareles of the New York Times.

In recent years, Declan has been exploring his folk roots more than ever, and has played special guest to, and shared the stage with some greats including: John Prine (UK, Irish, and US dates), The Dubliners (as part of their farewell tour after 50 years in the business), Neil and Calum MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Eliza Carthy, and Martin Carthy (Blood and Roses – the songs of Ewan MacColl). Eric Bogle. Kate Rusby.

Paul Kelly, Shane Howard (Exiles / Australia). James Taylor, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Rosanne Cash (Transatlantic Sessions USA 2017).

At Celtic Connections this year Declan was backed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, while playing as guest to Laura Marling at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow.


Paul Weller singer-songwriter : “He writes the sort of classic songs that people don’t write anymore, songs that sound like they’ve been around forever […] Listen to Galileo, which is possibly the greatest song written in the last 30 years.”

John Prine singer-songwriter : “Declan O’ Rourke is a great songwriter. He is a fine fellow too and I believe the missing link to the Inkspots.”

Glen Hansard Oscar-winning singer-songwriter : “Declan O’Rourke is one of the rare breed, he arrived fully formed, his songs, and delivery belie his age, and ours. He’s a timeless troubadour with a voice that breaks through all your defenses and gets to the heart of the matter. One of the true greats of our island.”

Brendan Graham songwriter (“You Raise Me Up”) : “To me, Declan is not a songwriter within the ordi- nary definition of the word. He is a sorcerer of songs, with a Dickensian skill for finding the moment that de- tails some aspect of our humanity.”

Tara Richardson Manager, Snow Patrol : “Declan’s excellence as a songwriter and musician lies in his abilities to convey such meaningful lyrics with some of the most original and enchanting melodies.”

Declan O’Rourke EPK: March, 2017.

Paul Brady Irish singer-songwriter : “A most talented singer-songwriter […] possessing a rich, soulful, mu- sical voice and a brilliant instrumental ability.”

Maura O’Connell Grammy-Award nominated singer “He is a phenomenal writer, singer, musician and en- tertainer. I can’t do justice to his talent in words. I don’t say that very often, but in this case it is true.”

Louis Walsh X-Factor Judge (UK) : “Declan has three superb talents: songwriting, singing and showman- ship.”

Edith Bowman BBC Radio : “There is something so simple but overwhelmingly power (sic) about the melodies and emotive storytelling. [Since Kyabram] is an album I will listen to for the rest of my life and will probably never tire of.”

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