Declan O’Rourke returns to Australia this Spring

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Declan O’Rourke returns to Australia this Spring


Born in Dublin and now living on the west coast of Ireland, O’Rourke spent eight years of his youth in Australia. At the age of 13, a priest in Kyabram, Victoria gave him his first guitar -sending him upon an artistic course that has seen him tour and work with the likes of Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie, Eric Bogle and Leah Flanagan. O’Rourke’s songs have been admired by Eddi Reader, Paul Weller, James Taylor and The Dubliners’ John Sheahan – and in his last appearance in Australia, he played alongside Paul Kelly and Shane Howard as part of the acclaimed show Exile: Songs & Tales of Irish Australia.

O’Rourke’s kept himself exceptionally busy, releasing his fifth studio album In Full Colour – recorded with a full 50-piece orchestra – in 2016 via WM Ireland / WMI. A prolific writer and storyteller, he’s performed at the likes of Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Oxygen, Longitude, Celtic Connections, Merlefest and Amnesty International’s Electric Burma Concert. O’Rourke has personally sung for three Irish presidents and played at Los Angeles’ pre-Oscars party, The Oscar Wildes.