Declan O’Rourke is a platinum record singer/songwriter from Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland. At the age of 13, when living in Australia with his family, O’Rourke was given his first guitar by a priest in Kyabram who recognised his potential and love for music; Hence the title of his debut album “Since Kyabram“, which was released in October 2004. The album’s launch took place over three sold-out nights in Whelan’s of Wexford St, Dublin and was broadcast live on national radio. It entered the official Irish album charts at Number 5 and was the only new Irish entry in the Top 75 album chart that week. “Since Kyabram” quickly went gold, then achieved platinum status.
Since the release of the album, O’Rourke has completed two sell-out nationwide Irish tours, with the second one culminating in a full capacity show in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in March 2005. Snow Patrol’s lead singer, Gary Lightbody, gave a very positive review of O’Rourke’s forthcoming second album a preview copy of which, he revealed, the band had been listening to backstage.
O’Rourke has attracted comments from Paul Weller, and fromPaul Brady who describes O’Rourke as a “most talented singer-songwriter… [possessing] a rich, soulful, musical voice and a brilliant instrumental ability. eddi Reader once said that he was “one of the finest songwriters on the planet“. In October 2007 Declan released his second album, ‘Big Bad Beautiful World’ after performing selected tracks on Irish radio.