DECLAN O ROURKE
Declan O'Rourke is a
platinum record singer/songwriter from
At the age of 13, when living in Australia with his family, O'Rourke was
given his first guitar by a priest in Kyabram who recognised his potential and
love for music; Hence the title of his debut album "Since Kyabram", which was
released in October 2004.
The album's launch took place over three sold-out nights in Whelan’s of
Wexford St, Dublin and was broadcast live on national radio. It entered the
official Irish album charts at Number 5 and was the only new Irish entry in the
Top 75 album chart that week. "Since Kyabram" quickly went gold, then achieved
platinum status. Since the release of the album, O'Rourke has completed two
sell-out nationwide Irish tours, with the second one culminating in a full
capacity show in Dublin's Olympia Theatre in March 2005.
O'Rourke has been among the few solo performers selected to appear on both
the second and third TV series of Other Voices. O'Rourke tracks were included on
the #1 selling compilations
Even Better than the Real Thing Vol. 2 and
Even Better than the Real Thing Vol. 3 in aid of The National Children's
Tsunami Relief respectively.
Other career highlights include performing at the first "Irish Woodstock" in
Kilkenny, playing guitar with
Bic Runga on her European tour, opening multiple shows for
Planxty during the concerts at Vicar St., and being on the same bill as
Bob Dylan for three consecutive shows. More recently O'Rourke played guitar
for Snow Patrol during their Oxygen Festival performance in Ireland in July
O'Rourke has attracted comments from Paul Weller,
Rolling Stones guitarist,
Ronnie Wood, and from
Paul Brady who describes O'Rourke as a "most talented singer-songwriter...
[possessing] a rich, soulful, musical voice and a brilliant instrumental
Eddi Reader once said that he was "one of the finest songwriters on the
In October 2007 Declan released his second album, 'Big Bad Beautiful World'
after performing selected tracks on Irish radio.