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"Singing in a velvet-tinged bartitone with a killer falsetto....it's a rare gift that his music can bear comparison with so many classic era troubadours, Fred Neil, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen while still sounding so completely original" Nigel Williamson, Uncut
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.
On its release in Ireland, 'Since Kyabram' reached double platinum status and garnered Hot Press magazine's 'Best Debut Album' award. 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 U.K., 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.
From the opening melody of 'No Place To Hide', the first song on 'Since Kyabram', to the final key of 'Marrying The Sea', Declan's ability to tell a story unfolds. Each track on the album gives a feeling of being part of a collection of short films; the connecting thread being Declan's flowing and dreamy lyrics. The album embodies the roots of his Irish heritage, but also has a distinct rock edge, reflecting, in part, his time spent in Australia from age fourteen to his return to Ireland four years ago.
DECLAN O ROURKE PLAYS IN WHELANS TOMORROW NIGHT FROM 8. DECLANS NEW ALBUM 'BIG BAD BEAUTIFUL WORLD' IS NOW IN SHOPS!!
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