15 December 2012
20:00 - 22:30
glór Irish Music Centre, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co Clare
- €20/€18 Conc.
In 2004, Declan released his debut album, Since Kyabram. Galileo (Someone Like You), his debut single, has been covered by numerous artists including Josh Groban, and performed by Paul Weller and Chris Rea. Declan performed Galileo at the 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration of Ireland’s National Concert Hall before the President of Ireland, at the opening ceremony of the Solheim Cup 2011, and earlier this year at the BBC Proms in the Park with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast.
Such was the critical and commercial success of Since Kyabram in Ireland that it opened the doors for him internationally, earning him plaudits from the likes of Snow Patrol, Kate Rusby and DJs Jonathan Ross and Edith Bowman, each of whom were rapturous in their praise of Declan’s deep-honey voice and astute song writing abilities.
His follow-up album in 2007, Big Bad Beautiful World, easily consolidated his appeal in Ireland and also with his growing list of well-connected champions. Support slots followed in the UK and Europe to the likes of Paulo Nutini, Snow Patrol, Teddy Thompson, The Cardigans, Badly Drawn Boy, Divine Comedy and Paul Brady.
Earlier in 2011, O’Rourke joined a stellar line up of artists that included Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas and Amos Lee for Transatlantic Sessions Series 5, broadcast on the BBC2, BBC4 and RTE1. Declan was also a featured artist at the Transatlantic Sessions Live Tour 2012, encompassing the Royal Festival Hall in London, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Glasgow Concert Hall, among other prestigious venues in the UK and Ireland.
O’Rourke released Mag Pai Zai, his third album, on his own Rimecoat label in April ’11. It managed to top the success of Declan’s first two albums, holding its own in Ireland’s Top 10 Album Chart for four consecutive weeks. A Little Something, the album’s debut single climbed to the no. 2 spot in the Today FM Top 40.