Last 5 Shows of 2019

Only 5 shows left this year, and some tickets are still available HERE.

Nov 28 – Town Hall Theatre, Galway  TICKET LINK 

Dec 7 – Siamsa Tire, Tralee, Co Kerry    TICKET LINK 

Dec 22 – Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick    TICKET LINK  

Dec 23 – Theatre Royal, Waterford  TICKET LINK 

Dec 27 – Live at St Luke’s, Cork  TICKET LINK

Here’s a very short video we made in anticipation of the first of the 5 – at Galway’s Town Hall Theatre this Thursday night.

We think it’s FUN!


Remember Mix Tapes?

Would you like to hear one ?

I was reluctant and slow to try out Spotify for a while but have recently been discovering how cool it is for this purpose (among other things)…

So I’ve gone and carefully created my first playlist / mixtape over there for you – on my Spotify profile – DIDN’T EVEN KNOW I HAD ONE until a few weeks back but there you go!

Sunday afternoon is my favourite time of the week to listen to music. It reminds me of being a kid when my Mam and Dad used to put records on, so it will go live this Sunday but you can listen anytime you want.

Some of you have already been following me there it seems, but for those of you who are not, it’s got ‘almost’ all of my music up there. And now I’ll also be over there DJing in the corner and sharin’ some of my favourite music and new discoveries with you every once in a while. BUZZ!!

So comin over? Just press this FOLLOW button to join me, or to get set up.

Launch is at 10am Irish time Sun 1st December by the way.

Declan plays the Launch of the National Famine Way

Declan plays the Launch of the National Famine Way by EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum at CHQ on Custom House Quay, on May 30th, 2019. Free tickets available here.

Declan to Support Midnight Oil

We’re delighted to announce that the magnificent and iconic Australian band Midnight Oil has invited Declan to open their show as a special guest when they play the Dublin date of their world tour this June 11th, 2019 at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.

Declan has won the BEST ORIGINAL FOLK TRACK for Along the Western Seaboard from his latest album ‘Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine’ at the inaugural RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards which took place on October 25th 2018 in Vicar Street, Dublin.

Declan was presented with the award by Moya Cannon, celebrated author and poet. The event was broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1 and celebrates the huge range of folk music being played in Ireland today.

Declan was nominated for BEST FOLK SINGER and BEST ORIGINAL FOLK TRACK for Along the Western Seaboard.

Also attending the awards were Christy Moore, Lisa O’Neill Martin Hayes and Andy Irvine


Since Kyabram was re-released Nov 16th 2018, 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!


Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Steve Wickham and I from Derry last night where we filmed ‘Samhain Live’ with some of the Kyabram band. Hope you got to tune in!

Samhain Live 2018

It was surreal to perform Galileo in front of a wall of Halloween skeletons but fun all the same and Johnny and the Lantern was fun one to give the aul bones a rattle. Check them out below..

Declan to perform Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine at Manchester Charity Concert

Declan is to perform Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine in its entirety at a special charity concert in aid of Action Against Hunger at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) Manchester, on the evening of Sunday 14th October at 7pm.

Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine is a moving and evocative insight into a chapter of Irish history that has largely faded from collective memory.

Declan spent 15 years researching and developing the album, and will be accompanied by a full band for this landmark concert. This includes John Sheahan on fiddle, whistle and mandolin, Jack Maher on guitar, banjo, mandolin & vocals, Floriane Blanche on harp & vocals, Chris Herzberger on fiddle & viola and Dan Bodwell on Bass.

Francine Heggie, Head of Community Fundraising at Action Against Hunger, says the concert is an apt reminder that famine and its effects are never far away: “Declan’s masterpiece tells a story from 170 years ago, but global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population.”

Proceeds from the concert will help support Action Against Hunger’s work saving the lives of malnourished children and providing families with access to safe water and good nutrition in nearly 50 countries around the globe.

Donations can be made at

Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine has earned widespread critical acclaim and has been nominated for a number of album of the year accolades.

Tickets, priced £24 plus booking fee, are available directly from the RCNM here or via the box office on +44 (0)161 907 5555.

"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?… ”
“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.”
“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.”

Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine – UK Tour in April

Here’s a short video we made during the recent beautiful, and unexpected show that was put on by ‘The Beast From The East’ storm, a la Mother Nature.

I was reminded that the winter of 1845 into 1846, which marked the beginning of a series of events now known as ‘The Great Irish Famine’ or ‘An Gorta Mór’ was one of the worst winters in living memory across Europe.

Perhaps it wouldn’t have looked so different to this…

When I do get back out on the road next month, I’m very much looking forward to this little UK tour, in celebration of my BBC Folk award nomination. 

Declan O’Rourke and band. BBC Radio 2 folk award nominee 2018. Best Original Song. The Great Saint Lawrence River, from the album ‘Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine’.
Accompanying music to the video is from ‘Clogman’s Glen’, (track 1 from the same record). Shot in the Burren, Co. Galway.

Chronicles on US iTunes

Delighted to announce that Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine is finally available on iTunes in the US. You can access it via this link.

NCH Valentines Day 2018

Its just been confirmed in time for Christmas, the annual swoon is on!

Declan will take to the stage of Dublin’s National Concert Hall again on Feb 14th, back by the epic 50 piece RTE Concert Orchestra, and this year there will be at least one surprise special guest to boot. We’re so excited!

Buy tickets here.

Chronicles – Top 5 Irish Albums

The Sun votes Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine as one of the Top 5 Irish albums of the year.

Read about it here.

Happy Christmas from Declan

Happy Christmas!

Special thanks to all of you out there who have supported Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine both in its gestation, and through its delivery, and for picking up a copy of the record, and or coming to a show somewhere on the Chronicles Irish Tour.

I’m so proud of this music, and these songs, and what the musicians added to the whole thing just blows my mind. Everybody involved really delivered, and although they were the dream band to put together for this, they brought more than I could have ever dreamed.

I look forward to performing its contents here, there and everywhere with their help for a long time to come.
It is available at most retail outlets throughout Ireland, via mail order at the Warners website, and digitally everywhere else in the world.

It’s crazy out there in the ever changing music industry with artists vying for limited shelf space and fighting the noise to be heard, so if you have any trouble finding the album, or securing a copy please do let us know.
It will help us to make sure it available where it needs to be, and to help you, and other music lovers get your hands on it too.

I want to wish all of you DOR subscribers and your families a wonderful Christmas and holiday season, and I look forward to sharing a wonderful 2018 with you.

For those of you who haven’t got around to hearing the record yet, treat yourself to a copy for Christmas – ORDER HERE.


Declan O’Rourke Newsletter December 2017

ALBUM OF THE YEAR Nomination, Competition Winners, Festivals, Tours, Reviews, and Podcasts!

Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine – Irish Tour

The response to the 6 shows we’ve had so far on the tour has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are having a really great time!!

Huge thanks to the good people of Galway, Newry, Westport, Listowel, and Cork for their wonderful support and enthusiasm towards the shows!

Here are some great photos by Loris Frank from our shows at Live At St.Lukes, in Cork, last weekend.  

This is where the tour goes over the rest of the month:

December 15th: Dolans, Limerick. 

December 20th: The Glassworks, Derry

December 21st: Boyles, Slane (solo – or maybe not!)

December 22nd: The Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo

December 23rd: Theatre Royal, Waterford

Click HERE to buy your copy on CD, Digital, or Double gatefold vinyl now

Belated Competition Winners!

Well hilariously, despite the wonderful amount of entries to our last competition, I didn’t realise just how tricky the task I had set was, and nobody got the exact names right for the cover of the record! 

Dermot Byrne was away on a gig in London that day you see, and Daragh Munnis, one of our videographers filled the role of Manning that day! 

Two people – Mr. Roy Chowdhury Soutrik, and Maeve Kelly came close though, and they were close enough with these entries:  

Therefore we give them both as the winning entries! Congratulations to you two, and we will be in touch with you in the immediate future to help you claim your prizes! 

Nomination for ALBUM OF THE YEAR at fRoots magazine

Check out this review of Chronicles by David McNally in Britain’s famous fRoots magazine this month, in which we’re also told we’ve been nominated for album of the year! 

The Record for Christmas

For those of you who haven’t got around to hearing the record yet, treat yourself to a copy for Christmas – Its available HERE! and someone will mail it to you in time for christmas morning 😉

Declan FFF Festival Western Australia

For all you lovely people who recently complained that there was no appearance in Western Australia during my recent tour, here are TWO dates this January to make up for it! And at a great festival too…. 
You can find details and purchase tickets HERE.

Celtic Connections

On February 1st, the Chronicles band and I will be appearing at Glasgow’s The Mitchell Theatre for Celtic Connections. 

Feb 1. Glasgow. Mitchell Theatre. (Celtic Connections Festival)

UK Tour

With great delight I hereby announce a tour of the UK, coming up in April of 2018! I will be joined by a good selection of the Chronicles band too ;))

April 10th : The Borderline, London
April 11th : Greystones, Sheffield
April 12th : The Met, Bury
April 13th : Queens Hall, Edinburgh
April 15th : Tolbooth, Stirling

“…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.
“…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…”
“…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.”


My old friend Ray Heffernan, from IMRO songwriters week days, and other wild adventures, recently started up a fabulous new series of podcasts entitled ‘The Irish Songwriter’.

I (along with lots of songwriters I greatly admire from this island), was delighted to take part in some in extremely enjoyable conversations with him about the artistic process and the like.

HERE is a mini podcast he made, based around my conversations with him.
If you like it, share it, and subscribe so you can hear others like it!

I would wish Ray luck with this new adventure, but it’s so good he will not need it. I’m sure you’ll agree! 

That’s it!

Thanks for reading, and Happy Christmas from Declan and all the team here at

For any enquiries please contact [email protected]

The Late Late Show

Declan will be playing the Late Late Show tonight with about half the players on the record, and some other special guests! Do tune in… you can watch it outside of Ireland on the RTE PLAYER HERE! Just click on LIVE and TUNE IN.

Johnny and the Lantern – Exclusive New Video

Declan O’Rourke Newsletter 2017


PLUS announcement of the Pre-sale of ‘CHRONICLES OF THE GREAT IRISH FAMINE’ the brand new record, 15 years in the making.  And more…

‘Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine’ Tour, Dec 2017

Declan O’Rourke announces the October release of his new album ‘Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine’ followed by a full band tour across Ireland in December 2017. Click here to purchase album!

Fifteen years in the making, this epic song cycle combines the best of traditional Irish music and the heart of modern song-writing to present a series of extraordinary true tales from the most dynamic period in Ireland’s history.

A 9-piece band will accompany Declan to tour the new compositions across Ireland, including Mike McGoldrick, Dermot Byrne, Floriane Blancke, Jack Maher, Chris Herzberger, Catriona Frost, Rob Calder and John Sheahan.

Look for a date near you here:

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Australian Tour – Sept/October 2017 

O’Rourke has announced plans to head down to Australia for a tour this Sept/Oct.

Having already been announced as part of the Dashville Skyline Festival, we have now added dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.

Check out the full list of dates below:

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We kindly again ask you all to help you spread the word to friends and family in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra.

New Zealand Tour – October 2017 

O’Rourke releases news of his first ever tour of New Zealand for a very special series of concerts and festival appearances:

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Please spread the word to your friends and family in NZ that Declan is making his first trip, not to be missed!

USA Tour – November 2017 

The Annual migration to the East coast of America is set again and this year Declan will appear as a trio with long time bass playing Buddy Rob Calder, and lip smacking Drum wizard Pete Wilhoit. (He does smack his lips sometimes)
Check out a concert near you:

Note: All shows on the tour will be Declan O’Rourke with a 3-piece band, playing material from across his career to date, with the exception of Thur Nov 2nd, when Declan’s performance in Hamden, CT at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum will be the only presentation of material from his new record Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine in the US this year.

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Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine for Pre-order


We are delighted to announce that pre-sales for Declan’s long awaited ‘Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine’ will open next Monday from 10am GMT, and you can order your copy on CD or VINYL here to get it before anyone else!
Watch for the mail next week with links and details…


Gold Bars Artist Goes Solo!

Last but not least…

Hey, do you all remember the incredible artwork from Gold Bars In The Sun??

Well, its creator, David Rooney has since turned his hand to a long neglected passion for writing songs and finally made his first record last year, Bound Together, which is a great group of songs, the recording of which Declan happened to co-produce.

David’s record can be found on spotify, and iTunes, and all things David Rooney can be found on his Facebook page here but in the meantime here is here is the link to his amazing new video MOONDUST which of course he did the artwork for!

We wish David all the best on his new music adventure!


Return to Oz

Check out the 1 minute documentary I made in anticipation of my Australian tour next month, called: Artists In The Wild – Ep. 1
G’day all my Aussie friends, so VERY happy and excited to announce my return to the land of the bush and the sun again with a fast but fun wallop of dates over a week or so in late September/Early October. 
I decided it was time to come back, get the Aussie passport stamped, and brush up on my second language, (Ustrayan). Did you know I’ve made 3 albums since I last played some solo shows for ye, so loads new stuff, and.. well what have you been doing?? We have some catchin up to do! 
Live ticket links: 
Wed 27 Sept – MELBOURNE : The Spotted Mallard :
Thurs 28 Sept – MELBOURNE : Caravan Club : 8pm :
8pm doors.  8:40pm show. 
Fri 29 Sept : Dashville Skyline festival (NSW) :
Sun 1 Oct – BRISBANE : Black Bear Lodge  :

322 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley 4006 QLD 
7pm doors.  7:30pm show. 

Tues 3 Oct – CANBERRA : Ainslie Arts Centre (Main Hall) :
Elouera St, Braddon ACT 2612
Wed 4 Oct – ADELAIDE : The Wheatsheaf :
8pm doors. 8:30pm show. 
Thurs 5 Oct – SYDNEY : The Factory Theatre w/ Martha Marlow : 
7:30pm doors.  8pm show
I think this poster will be on my wall until the wall falls down!


Transatlantic Sessions USA

I am so proud to share the news that for the second time, I got the call to be part of the Transatlantic Sessions, a rare honour I believe! Its hitting America for the first time this season next weekend… Look at those names 🙂

I think this poster will be on my wall until the wall falls down…

Dates include:


Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine…

…is the title.

Finally the time has come and I can share with you all that I started work on this record in January of this year with the intention to release it around October this year. Knee deep in the process and very excited right now. Stay tuned for news and tour dates etc…

New UK Agent

Have been really enjoying playing some shows in the UK over the last couple of years, and this was partly due to discovering how cool it is to get the ferry over and drive yourself around at your leisure with as many guitars as you like! No need for all those airport hassles. Freedom!

So I went and found myself a UK agent and intend to do a lot more in the future. For any of you who would like to see me at your favourite venue please get onto the people who run it and tell them we are considering dates for early 2018.

Here’s where they’d get in touch…

Unique Gravity
[email protected]

Tours and Upcoming Dates

Check out the  page for news of more dates later in the year, including a US tour in November and a first official tour of New Zealand, and of course dates closer to home.

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