Photo – Declan O’Rourke – Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Photo by Ruth Medjber @ruthlessimagery
New Album Arrivals out now on eastwest
Award-winning Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke is to tour the UK this November, in a 9-show run with dates as follows:
Thurs 4 Nov BIRMINGHAM Glee Club
Fri 05 Nov LONDON Kings Place
Sat 06 Nov MANCHESTER The Stoller Hall
Mon 8 Nov SHEFFIELD Abbeydale Picture House
Tues 09 Nov GLASGOW Websters Theatre
Wed 10 Nov NEWCASTLE Gosforth Civic Theatre
Fri 12th Nov CANTERBURY Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Sat 13 Nov CAMBRIDGE Storey’s Field Centre
Sun 14 Nov BRIGHTON Chalk Venue
Tickets on sale: https://declanorourke.com
In July 2021, as part of a TG4 series celebrating 70 years of Fleadh Cheoil an hÉireann, Declan O’Rourke performed a unique version of “The Stars Over Kinvara”, from his new album Arrivals. In keeping with the traditional Irish celebration Declan was accompanied by a trio of handpicked musicians, Alan Doherty (of Gráda, Aldoc, and Lord of The Rings fame) on flute and whistle, Swiss born Anna Houston (No Crows) on Cello, and the renowned Dermot Byrne (of Altan) on box accordion. Watch the stunning video here: https://youtu.be/Jxv2lPdMkMs
Declan’s new, Paul Weller-produced album Arrivals enjoyed both critical and commercial success on its release in April. Debuts at #2 in the Official Irish National Album Chart, #2 in the Official UK Folk Albums Chart and #4 in the Official UK Americana Chart were matched by stellar reviews, from MOJO who said ‘Hail Declan O’Rourke, master storyteller and overnight sensation – at last’ and UNCUT “….if he’s been a best-kept secret up to now ARRIVALS should finally blow his cover’” to the Big Album of the Week in THE SUN newspaper and a glowing review in THE SUNDAY TIMES, amongst many more.
Acclaim from radio broadcasters included BBC RADIO 2’s Mark Radcliffe who called Declan “one of the most significant Irish singers and writers of his generation” and BBC RADIO LONDON’s Robert Elms who named title track “Arrivals”, “My Favourite Song Right Now”.
Fellow musicians were generous with their praise. The Who’s Pete Townshend commented “It is a gem. Fabulous guitar and singing. Just love this Arrivals album’. Jerry Douglas said ‘Declan O’Rourke is one of Ireland’s gifts to the world. He’s amazing’ and Paul Weller summed up: “He is in a field of his own, the roots are in the fertile tradition of folk music, (people’s music), but with that he brings such modernity and timelessness to his words and music that is far, far reaching. Beyond limiting categories.”
Recorded over six days at Black Barn studios in Surrey, Arrivals sees Declan O’Rourke present the most emotionally raw and affecting album of his career. The sound is stripped back to Declan’s soulful and resonant voice, his virtuosic acoustic guitar playing and only the occasional sparse arrangement of strings and late-night drums bringing colour and light to the LP’s 10 songs. Weller, a fan of Declan’s songwriting for some years, also adds his multi-instrumental abilities to the recordings, including a beautiful piano accompaniment to the closing track.
O’Rourke’s last album Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine, documented rare first-hand accounts from that devastating period of Irish history and garnered numerous awards. His writing is much admired and covered by fellow artists, most notably his classic 2004 song “Galileo” which has been recorded by Eddi Reader and Josh Groban amongst others.
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