The Mariner Bantry is hosting Declan O’Rourke, the renowned Irish singer-songwriter, in concert on Friday 15th August 2014
“He writes the sort of classic songs that people don’t write anymore, songs that sound like they’ve been around forever […] Listen to Galileo, which is possibly the greatest song written in the last 30 years.”
– Paul Weller, Mojo Magazine (Apr 2012)
“To me, Declan is not a songwriter within the ordinary definition of the word. He is a sorcerer of songs, with a Dickensian skill for finding the moment that details some aspect of our humanity.”
– Brendan Graham, Hot Press Magazine (Mar 2012)
Declan O’Rourke was a latecomer to the Dublin singer-songwriter scene. But, in his mid-twenties, within months of discovering Dublin’s bustling songwriter open-mic circuit, O’Rourke found himself in the mix with the likes of Paddy Casey, Gemma Hayes, Damian Rice and many other Irish singer-songwriters.
Such was the critical and commercial success of his first album Since Kyabram in Ireland that it opened the doors for him internationally, earning him plaudits from the likes of Snow Patrol, Kate Rusby and DJs Jonathan Ross and Edith Bowman, each of whom were rapturous in their praise of Declan’s deep-honey voice and astute songwriting abilities.
His follow-up album in 2007, Big Bad Beautiful World, easily consolidated his appeal in Ireland and also with his growing list of well-connected champions. Support slots followed in the UK and Europe to the likes of Paulo Nutini, Snow Patrol, Teddy Thompson, The Cardigans, Badly Drawn Boy, Divine Comedy and Paul Brady.
O’Rourke released Mag Pai Zai, his third album, on his own Rimecoat label in April ’11. It managed to top the success of Declan’s first two albums, holding its own in Ireland’s Top 10 Album Chart for four consecutive weeks. ‘A Little Something,’ the album’s debut single climbed to the no. 2 spot in the Today FM Top 40.
Mag Pai Zai was Album of the Week on BBC Radio Scotland.
Both singles, ‘A Little Something,’ and ‘Time Machine’ were Today FM Single of the Week on Ian Dempsey’s Breakfast Show.
In June 2012, Declan took part in Electric Burma, a gala concert celebrating Burmese humanitarian Aung San Suu Kyi, alongside Bono, Bob Geldof, Damian Rice and Vanessa Redgrave, amongst others.
To book tickets, contact The Mariner Bantry.
Why not make a night of it and enjoy a delicious dinner in the Brick Oven!
Doors open at 8pm.
Tickets €20, available on the night and pre-sale.