Chronicles US Tour – February 2019

We’re so delighted to release further details of our Full Band Chronicles tour of US in 2019.

In association with Irish Arts Centre, our 9 piece band will be visiting a string of beautiful venues around the east coast over about two and a half weeks, and taking the music of Declan’s record ‘Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine’ with us.

Here is the nice introduction to the project from the Isis Music Hall down in Asheville, North Carolina:

Acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke (Galileo) makes his Isis Music Hall debut with a live performance of his epic song cycle Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine, performed with an eight-piece all-star folk & trad ensemble, including John Sheahan (The Dubliners), Dermot Byrne (Altan), Jack Maher (Sharon Shannon band), Caitriona Frost (Celtic Woman), and Cillian Vallely (Lúnasa). 

Winner of a 2018 RTÉ Radio One Folk Award and inspired by O’Rourke’s own family history, Chronicles is an empathic portrait of the forgotten and a vivid musical evocation of Ireland through the incomprehensible hardship of the Great Famine.

O’Rourke mines the darkest corners…of the Irish famine with a sensitivity that animates a raft of highly personal stories.” — The Irish Times

Compassion, romance, a sense of mortality and a sense of history run through the songs of Declan O’Rourke.” — Jon Pareles, New York Times

Presented with support from Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.

Other praise for Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine, and full list of ticket links below:

Winner of Best Original Folk Track – RTE Folk Awards 2018
Voted Irish album of the year 2017 – Irish Mail on Sunday… “will surely come to be seen as his defining album.”
Nominated for Album of the year, Critics choice, 2017 – fRoots magazine U.K.
Voted No.1 Folk / Trad release of 2017 – London Celtic Punks webzine.… “An amazing album.”
Voted Album of the year 2017 by Marty Whelan on RTE Lyric fm… “Truly special.”
★★★★ – Songlines Magazine UK… “Delivered with consummate grace. Beautifully played. Exquisitely detailed.”
Reviewed over 13 consecutive days in ‘The Woodstock Whisperer’ online publication, NY… “Remarkable.”
Voted one of Irish Beats ‘Best Irish Albums of 2017’… “A masterpiece.”
“A work of art from start to finish. This will be around forever.”  Lynette Fay – Folk Club, BBC Radio Ulster.
“Epic” – Cara (Aer Lingus inflight magazine).

April 4Paris, FranceIrish Cultural Center, 5, rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris
April 26Ballincollig, Co CorkThe White Horse, West Village, Ballincollig, Cork
May 24 MullingarThe Stables, Dominic Street, Mullingar, Westmeath
May 30 (17:30 – 19:30pm)The CHQ Building, Custom House QuayLaunch of the National Famine Way Custom House Quay
July 23Rostrevor, County DownFiddlers Green Festival (Chronicles of the Irish Famine gig).

“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?… ”
“…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…”

Declan O’Rourke is a highly successful Irish artist, acclaimed by his peers, and having achieved many plaudits with his five albums released to date.  Declan’s soulful music, rooted in folk and trad, has attracted the praise of countless industry giants, including John Prine, and Paul Weller, among others. The Dubliner’s legend John Sheahan, declared recently that, “after 50 years I have decided it’s time to put a lid on the ‘The Dubliners,’ but I’m sure you’ll all agree that with Declan, and Damien (Dempsey), the future is in good hands.”

O’Rourke’s songwriting style moves faultlessly between impressionism, and story telling, and can be at home in almost any form. A dynamic performer, he is at once as comfortable fronting a 50-piece orchestra, as playing solo with a guitar.  Songs of Declan’s have been covered by a growing list of established artists ranging from Christy Moore, to Eddi Reader, and Josh Groban.

Jammin' with the Weller in the Olympia

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