Declan O Rourke – St.Mary’s Collegiate Church Youghal – 27th July 2012

Declan O Rourke – St.Mary’s Collegiate Church Youghal – 27th July 2012

After a very memorable and successful series of concerts in 2009 & 2010 to help support Youth music projects and other charities , The Sacred Roots Project based in Youghal Co Cork are back with the support of Yew wood Youghal’s Premiere Venues and the Arts Council.The charismatic Declan O’Rourke returns to play in the beautiful and majestic setting of St Mary’s 12th Century Church Youghal on Friday July 27th as part of his nationwide tour to promote his new album MAG PAI ZAI .

Young Local musician Leo Mullane will support Declan on the night .

Doors are at 8.30 support on at 9 , tickets are €20 and available at Scotts treasure Shop 137 North Main Street Youghal or phone 024 90333 / 087 9957 102 to book a place . Its an all ages event under 16’s are free strictly no alcohol and dress warm.

Limited places available .

‘Music Speaks Louder Than Words ‘


Not that you’d know it from his startling maturity as a songwriter, but 35-year-old Declan O’Rourke was a latecomer to the Dublin singer-songwriter scene. Despite having a keen interest in music and singing from an early age, it was during his teenage years spent in Melbourne that he first got hold of a guitar. O’Rourke was exposed to a different cultural aesthetic at this point which, coupled with his own well-formed cultural identity, may account for his unique style of melody and melancholia.

In 2004, Declan released his debut album, Since Kyabram. He regards the comfortably haunting debut as little more than a collection of songs and an introduction to the different styles he subsequently intended to use. “I was also trying to break the moany singer-songwriter myth – I definitely didn’t want to be put into that category.”

‘Galileo (Someone Like You),’ the debut single from Since Kyabram, has been covered by Josh Groban and performed by Paul Weller. Declan will perform ‘Galileo’ at the opening ceremony of the Solheim Cup 2011.

Such was the critical and commercial success of the album in Ireland that it opened the doors for him internationally, earning him plaudits from the likes of Paul Weller and Jonathan Ross, each of whom were rapturous in their praise of Declan’s deep-honey voice and astute song writing abilities.

His follow-up album in 2007, Big Bad Beautiful World, easily consolidated his appeal in Ireland as well as with his growing list of well-connected champions. Support slots followed in the UK and Europe to the likes of Snow Patrol, Teddy Thompson, The Cardigans, Paulo Nutini, Badly Drawn Boy, Divine Comedy and Paul Weller, and before too long major labels started calling, siren-like, for his signature on the dotted line.

O’Rourke has since been through the major label mill and come out the other side – smiling (eventually!), we’re glad to say.

On his new record label he releases his third album and first independent offering, MAG PAI ZAI, which sees him maturing as a songwriter in ways he would, most likely, have never thought possible.

MAG PAI ZAI, released in April ‘11, managed to top the success of Declan’s first two albums, holding its own in the top 10 for four consecutive weeks. ‘A Little Something,’ the album’s debut single, received much airplay, climbing to the no. 2 spot in the Today FM Top 40. Both singles released to date, ‘A Little Something,’ and ‘Time Machine’ were Single of the Week.

Declan recently performed ‘A Little Something,’ and ‘Galileo’ from his debut album, at the BBC Last Night of the Proms with the Ulster Orchestra in Castle Park, Bangor.

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