Kyabram is back

“Summer of 2004. We holed up in an old cottage in Galway. Aidan, Paul, and I set up in the old open-plan kitchen with Tim at the helm in the next room, and gave ourselves 10 days to get the core of the record down… “
“…on a piece of paper, Steve and I drew a strange impressionistic map, then built a whole orchestra, and its arrangement in a matter of hours, using only his fiddle and Christine’s cello.”
“…the studio shared a boundary wall with the resting place of Raftery, the blind poet. Years before, my Irish teacher, who often caught me drawing guitars on my books, told me I would "end up like Raftery... play’n music t’empty pockets.” I loved the omen, and felt this was my chance to prove ol’ Mr. Doodey wrong.
“I had a very strong sense that returning to Galway, I was re-connecting with my ancestral home. It was a very exciting time for me.”
"There was only one place this song could go on the record, and with it, Kyabram is book-ended by water. Various interpretations of the song’s meaning have been offered to me along the way. Most profess suicide. Would you like to hear my version?… ”
“…We lost the exact count, but this take was somewhere up in the high fifties or early sixties, after numerous days happily chasing it. There were probably lots of good versions but this was the right one, and the last one…”

Since Kyabram was re-released Nov 16th, and is available now via the Warners store, Declan’s own store, and usual outlets.

The record is available on vinyl for the first time, and the CD version has been re-packaged into a deluxe 6 panel digipak, that includes a 20 page booklet with lyrics, and new retrospective liner notes by the artist, giving insights into the recording of each song, and the build up to the making of the record.

Look out for snippets of these around the site, and click here to get your copy…

To celebrate the re-release of his classic 2004 debut, O’Rourke will take members of the original band around Ireland this December for a handful of nostalgic, and uplifting shows. Including Galileo, No Brakes, Sarah, Love Is The Way, and Marrying The Sea, the band will play the entire album, along with outakes, and a few surprises!

Kyabram Is Back Tour Dates:

Dec 1Waterford ‘Kyabram is Back’ tour
Garter Lane, Waterford
Dec 2Dublin‘Kyabram is Back’ tour
Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin
Dec 7Cork‘Kyabram is Back’ tour
Live at St Luke’s, St. Luke’s Former Church, Summerhill North, Cork
Dec 11Galway‘Kyabram Is Back’ tour, Galway Town Hall, Galway.
Dec 20Limerick ‘Kyabram is Back’ tour
Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick
Dec 22Wexford‘Kyabram is Back’ tour
St Iberius Church Wexford
Dec 29Dundalk (support by Eugene Donegan) ‘Kyabram is Back’ tour The Spirit Store
Georges Quay, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Here’s a video of the band rehearsing just last week! 

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