Declan O’Rourke used to be one of Ireland’s best kept secrets, but rave reviews for his debut album Since Kyabram, a growing international fanbase, and an enviable collection of eminent devotees including Paul Weller, Snow Patrol and Kate Rusby, are rapidly changing that. Especially with songs like Galelio, What Ever Else Happens, Big Bad Beautiful World, he’s taking the Irish music scene by storm
On its release in Ireland, Since Kyabram reached double platinum status. A major record deal with V2 and a publishing deal with BMG followed, as did patronage from his peers – invitations to support Snow Patrol at Marlay Park in Dublin; Teddy Thompson on his UK tour; The Divine Comedy for dates in Germany and the UK; and to perform at the legendary 100 Club at the request of Paul Weller.
The buzz is growing, based on the simplicity of great songs and a unique voice. Declan’s lyrics touch on all aspects of the individual, his songs focus on the centre of everyday emotions and his voice irresistibly draws the listener in. He has an understated charm, a quick-wittedness that make him highly endearing live, and equally at home playing to one person as he is to thousands.
Declan O’Rourke plays Backstage on Sunday December 14 at 8:30pm. Tickets €25 are available on (043 ) 47888, or log on to www.backstage.ie