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Declan O'Rourke at The Glee Club, Birmingham

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Singer showcases his Paul Weller-produced album
Irish singer-songwriter Declan O'Rourke begins a mini UK tour on November 4, 2021 at Birmingham's Glee Club. The nine-day run of shows concludes at Brighton's Chalk Venue on November 14.

Declan O'Rourke, Arrivals, Paul Weller, Glee Club Birmingham, Folk Music, Singer Songwriter, Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine
Arriving: Declan O'Rourke (pic: Lawrence Watson)


The 44-year-old's new album, Arrivals, was produced by Paul Weller and enjoyed critical and commercial success on its release in April. It reached number two in the official Irish National Album Chart, number two in the UK Folk Albums Chart and number four in the UK Americana Chart.

Former Jam and Style Council frontman Paul Weller says: "He is in a field of his own, the roots are in the fertile tradition of folk music (people's music), but with that he brings such modernity and timelessness to his words and music that is far, far-reaching. Beyond limiting categories."

Declan O'Rourke, Arrivals, Paul Weller, Glee Club Birmingham, Folk Music, Singer Songwriter, Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine
On stage: Declan O'Rourke (pic: Ruth Medjber)


Recorded over six days at Black Barn studios in Surrey, Arrivals boasts a stripped back sound, with Declan's soulful and resonant voice and acoustic guitar playing to the fore. The occasional sparse arrangement of strings and late-night drums brings colour and light to the LP's 10 songs, with Weller adding his multi-instrumental abilities to the recordings, including a beautiful piano accompaniment to the closing track, This Thing That We Share.

Acclaim for the album has come from BBC Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe and BBC Radio London's Robert Elms. Fellow musicians have also been generous with their praise. The Who's Pete Townshend comments: "It is a gem. Fabulous guitar and singing. Just love this Arrivals album". American country star Jerry Douglas adds: "Declan O'Rourke is one of Ireland's gifts to the world. He's amazing."

Declan O'Rourke, Arrivals, Paul Weller, Glee Club Birmingham, Folk Music, Singer Songwriter, Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine
Amazing: Declan O'Rourke (pic: Lawrence Watson)


Declan's last album, Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine, documented rare first-hand accounts from that devastating period of Irish history and garnered numerous awards. His writing is much admired and covered by fellow artists, most notably his classic 2004 song Galileo which has been recorded by Eddi Reader and Josh Groban amongst others.

Declan O'Rourke's 2021 UK tour dates:

Nov 4: Glee Club, Birmingham;
Nov 5: Kings Place, London;
Nov 6: The Stoller Hall, Manchester;
Nov 8: Abbeydale Picture House, Sheffield;
Nov 9: Websters Theatre, Glasgow;
Nov 10: Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle;
Nov 12: Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury;
Nov 13: Storey's Field Centre, Cambridge;
Nov 14: Chalk Venue, Brighton.
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Why? Acclaimed singer-songwriter's UK tour
When: November 4, 2021 (touring till November 14)
Phone: 0871 472 0400
Where: Glee Club, Birmingham, then touring
Cost: 18 plus fees
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