Upcoming Appearances and Tour Dates

Sept 14The Glens CentreNew Line, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
Sept 15Bray, Co WicklowMermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow
Sept 28Blanchardstown, Co DublinDraoicht, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin
Oct 4Ballincollig, Co CorkThe White Horse, West Village, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Oct 5Carrigtohill, Co CorkFota House, Fota Island, Carrigtohill, Co Cork
Oct 12London, UKLondon Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London, NW1 9XB
Oct 14ManchesterRoyal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD
Oct 17GalwayCANCELLED : Spiegeltent, Galway. CANCELLED
Nov 10Belfast, Northern IrelandThe Mac (Metropolitan Arts Centre), 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ, Northern Ireland.
Nov 11Perth, ScotlandPerth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ, Scotland
Nov 17Tinahely, Co WicklowCourthouse Arts Centre, Dwyer Square, Ballinacor, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
Nov 30LongfordBackstage, Farneyhoogan, Longford.
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.
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

“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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