DECLAN O’ROURKE (IRE)

DECLAN O'ROURKE (IRE)

Supported by Martha Marlow

THU 5 OCT @ 7:30PM

Price
$45 + Booking Fees
Bookings
(02) 9550 3666
Mode
Theatre Mode - Reserved Seated + General Admission Standing (at the rear)
Tickets
On sale now @ The Factory Theatre & Ticketek

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This extraordinary spinner of song weaves his soulful melodies through half-remembered moments and dreams long-treasured. Larrikin and poet, his songs are infused with wit, the yearning of history and the patience of mortality; the balm of tenderness and the breath of hope. Live in concert, O’Rourke moves seamlessly from hilarious spontaneity to transporting beauty.

O’Rourke returns to Australia for a very special series of concerts in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide, plus Dashville Skyline festival.

Born in Dublin, now living on the wild windswept west coast of Ireland, O’Rourke spent eight years of his youth in Australia. At 13, a priest in Kyabram (regional VIC) gave him his first guitar. His debut album, “Since Kyabram” was nominated for three Meteor Awards, including “Best Male Artist”, “Best New Album”, and “Best Folk/Trad Artist”, and achieved double Platinum. In 2016 he released his fifth studio album “In Full Colour”, recorded with a full 50-piece orchestra. A prolific writer and story-teller, his latest song-cycle entitled “Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine” will be launched in Ireland in November of this year.

Glen Hansard calls him “a timeless troubadour with a voice that breaks through all your defenses and gets to the heart of the matter”. His songs have been admired by James Taylor and John Sheahan (The Dubliners); by Eddi Reader, John Prine and and Paul Weller. BBC Radio notes, “There is something so simple but overwhelmingly powerful about the melodies and emotive storytelling.” He has toured and worked with Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil), Eric Bogle and Leah Flanagan, and with Paul Kelly and Shane Howard as part of the acclaimed show “Exile: Songs & Tales of Irish Australia”.

Constantly on tour across UK, Europe and North America, he has performed at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Oxygen, Longitude, Celtic Connections, Merlefest (USA), The Oscar Wildes (pre-Oscars party in Los Angeles), Amnesty International’s Electric Burma Concert, staged a seven night residency at New York City’s Donaghy Arts Theatre, and sung for three Irish presidents.

O’Rourke returns to Australia for short time only! See him before he disappears again!

With very special guest at The Factory Theatre: Martha Marlow.

“He writes the sort of classic songs that people don’t write anymore, songs that sound like they’ve been around forever… Listen to “Galileo”, which is possibly the greatest song written in the last 30 years.” ~ Paul Weller

“Declan O’Rourke is one of the rare breed, he arrived fully formed, his songs, and delivery belie his age, and ours. He’s a timeless troubadour with a voice that breaks through all your defenses and gets to the heart of the matter. One of the true greats of our island.” ~ Glen Hansard

“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.” ~ The New York Times

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