Date: Sept 29
Venue: Nerve Centre
Irish songwriter Declan O'Rourke divided his formative years between Australia and his native Dublin, honing his craft as an expatriate and developing his professional career upon his return in his early twenties.
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.