Declan O’Rourke

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 will 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.

In recent years, Declan has been exploring his folk roots more than ever, and has played special guest to, and shared the stage with some greats including: John Prine (UK, Irish, and US dates). The Dubliners (as part of their farewell tour after 50 years in the business), Neil and Calum MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Eliza Carthy, and Martin Carthy (Blood and Roses – the songs of

Ewan MacColl), Paul Kelly, Shane Howard (Exiles / Australia), Eric Bogle, Kate Rusby, James Taylor and Rosanne Cash (Transatlantic Sessions USA 2017).  At Celtic Connections 2017 Declan was backed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, while playing as guest to Laura Marling at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow.

Paul Weller singer-songwriter : “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.” 

Glen Hansard Oscar-winning singer-songwriter : “Declan O’Rourke is one of the rare breed, he arrived fully formed, his songs, and delivery belie his age, and ours. He’s a timeless troubadour with a voice that breaks through all your defenses and gets to the heart of the matter. One of the true greats of our island.”

For Port Fairy Declan will perform in concert as well as joining a stellar cast for two special presentations of Exile: Songs & Tales of Irish Australia.