“Compassion, romance, a sense of mortality and a sense of history run through the songs of Declan O’Rourke. The gravity of the deliberation in their melodies, their calmly sustained phrases, their fatalistic undertone — informs his songs, whether they’re about faithful love or reckoning with elemental forces. — His calling is a balladeer, proffering re-assurance in the face of inevitable sorrow.” Jon Pareles, The New York Times
Declan O’Rourke is a highly successful Irish artist.
Across a career spanning six studio album releases (to date) he has received many plaudits from peers and industry critics alike. His depth-guaging, emotional songwriting style, which defies genre, has attracted the praise of countless industry giants, including John Prine, and Paul Weller, among others.
As a writer, O’Rourke moves flawlessly between impressionism, and story telling, and can be at home in almost any form. As a dynamic performer, he is at once as comfortable fronting a 50-piece orchestra, as commanding an audience solo with just a guitar and voice.
Songs of Declan’s have been covered by a growing list of established artists ranging from Christy Moore, to Eddi Reader, and Josh Groban.
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’ll all agree that with Declan, and Damien (Dempsey), the future is in good hands.”