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January 2012: Irish singer Declan O'Rourke will perform at the Oscar Wilde event in February. In 2004, Declan O’Rourke released his debut album, Since Kyabram.  His debut single, ‘Galileo (Someone Like You),’ has been covered by numerous artists including Josh Groban and it was also played on the season finale of the UK hit series Monroe.  O’Rourke performed ‘Galileo’ at the 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration of Ireland’s National Concert Hall before the President of Ireland, at the opening ceremony of the Solheim Cup 2011, and earlier this year at the BBC ‘Proms in the Park’ with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. 

His follow-up album in 2007, Big Bad Beautiful World, consolidated O’Rourke’s appeal in Ireland and further afield. In 2011, he joined a stellar line up of artists that included Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas and Amos Lee for Transatlantic Sessions Series 5, broadcast on BBC and RTE. O’Rourke was also a featured artist at the Transatlantic Sessions Live Tour 2012, playing the Royal Festival Hall in London, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Glasgow Concert Hall, among other prestigious venues in the UK and Ireland.

In 2011, O’Rourke released Mag Pai Zai, his third album.  It featured on Ireland’s Top 10 Album Chart for four consecutive weeks.  The single ‘A Little Something’ climbed to the no. 2 spot in the Today FM Top 40.  In December 2011, O’Rourke appeared as a special guest on ‘For One Night Only,’ a TV special celebrating the 50th anniversary of legendary Irish band ‘The Dubliners.’
His recent Christmas tour encompassed a full-house performance at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.

In June 2012, O’Rourke took part in Electric Burma, a gala concert celebrating Burmese humanitarian Aung San Suu Kyi, alongside Bono, Bob Geldof, Damian Rice and Vanessa Redgrave.  Also that month, O’Rourke took to the stage with a fifty-piece RTE Concert Orchestra, where a packed-out National Concert Hall was treated to new orchestrations from all three of his albums.  O’Rourke prepared ten of the fourteen arrangements himself.

2013 brings O’Rourke to the US for “Oscar Wilde” event in February, SXSW in March, and an east coast tour in April. 

O’Rourke's next project will bring together the passion of his artistry with the patience of a scholar: over the past decade, he has composed a series of songs about the Great Irish Famine, which will make up his fourth studio album.  These songs pay homage not only to the centuries-old legacy of Irish balladry, but also to many of his earliest musical influences such as Paul Brady, Andy Irvine, Luke Kelly, Planxty, Christy Moore and The Dubliners.   This unique project is a return to his roots and the tradition of great Irish music, from haunting lamentations to unrelenting protest songs.