Declan O Rourke:
“Compassion, romance, a sense of mortality and a sense of history run through the songs of Declan O’Rourke, a songwriter from Dublin who is performing through Sunday at the Irish Arts Centre.“You’ve got to be brave and believe,” one song advised, without cynicism or too much sentimentality.” –
– Jon Pareles of The New York Times. April 2013
Declan O’Rourke is a critically acclaimed singer and songwriting from Dublin, Ireland. Jon Pareles of The New York Times said there was virtuosity in his guitar playing, with ‘intricately contrapuntal picking and meticulous dynamics,’ and that his calling was as a balladeer. Paul Weller has said of O’Rourke’s song ‘Galileo’ that it’s possibly the greatest song written in the last thirty years.
Declan plays to sold-out crowds in his native Ireland and regularly tours in Europe, America and Australia. A consummate and versatile performer, his songs mesmerize, whether performed solo, with a band, a string quartet, or full concert orchestra.
In 2013, O’Rourke released his third studio album Mag Pai Zai, which made it into The Irish Times’ “101 Irish Albums to Hear Before You Die.” Mag Pai Zai was O’Rourke’s first record to be released Stateside. Specially re-packaged and mastered for US audiences, the US edition garnered critical acclaim from such national media outlets as the The Wall Street Journal, American Songwriter, NPR’s World Café, USA Today and Mountain Stage.
From Oct 2014 to Sept 2015, O’Rourke decided to try something completely new by releasing a brand new track every month, which was exclusively available to subscribers of his mailing list and social media platforms. He called the project Howlin’ Lowly Moons, and through it released some of his best material, directly to lovers of his music, absolutely free!
O’Rourke released his fourth studio album Gold Bars in the Sun last St.Stephens day, largely comprised of the Howlin’ Lowly Moons songs, gathered together for the first time on beautifully- packaged CD and Vinyl.
2016 will see this artist release his next work, ‘In full Colour’, a new full length record backed by a full 50 piece orchestra, which draws on material from across his career to date, along with some brand new material including the acclaimed ‘Children of 16’.
As some of his earlier works have been completely re-imagined for the project, this record promises to be full of surprises.
“He writes the sort of classic songs that people don’t write anymore, that sound like they’ve been around forever […] Listen to Galileo, which is possibly the greatest song written in the last 30 years.” – Paul Weller of ‘The Jam’, Mojo Magazine (Apr 2012)