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An Irish folk singer drawing on the Neil Young songwriting tradition. Declan is a product of the folk-rock busking tradition which produced Damien Dempsey, Mundy, and Paddy Casey, under whom O'Rourke served his musical apprenticeship, his audience-friendly brand of acoustic pop has brought him multi-platinum success in Ireland.
His rough vocal style contrasts neatly with his intelligent string- and piano-laden arrangements, at once differentiating him from his contemporaries and highlighting the debt he owes to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Paul Brady, and Burt Bacharach.
WHAT DECLAN HAS BEEN UP TO SINCE LAST YEAR'S SOLD-OUT SHOW April 2012′s edition of Mojo Magazine featured a compilation album of ‘Modfather’ Paul Weller’s favourite songs, on which he included Declan’s ‘Sarah (Last Night in a Dream.)'
Mid-2012, Declan performed at Electric Burma, a gala concert celebrating Burmese humanitarian Aung San Suu Kyi, alongside Bono, Bob Geldof, Damian Rice and Vanessa Redgrave, amongst others.
February 2013 saw Declan perform at the Oscar Wildes pre-Oscars awards in Santa Monica, LA, where Colin Farrell was honoured for his contribution to the Irish presence in Hollywood. Also in attendance were directors Stephen Spielberg, Jim Sheridan and J. J. Abrams, and actors Warren Beatty, Annette Bening and Peter Gallagher.
This month, Declan showcased at the prestigious South by South West (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. Declan showcased six times in two days, impressing industry and fans alike at venues as varied as the 18th Over Austin - eighteen floors up in the Hilton - and the twenty-story high atrium of the Omni Austin Downtown.