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Declan is finally returning to his other home away from home, Australia, after an absence of about 18 months.
This time he will be teaming up with some of his Australian heroes – Shane Howard and Paul Kelly, along with some of his troubadour friends from back home, including John Spillane, Pauline Scanlon, and Aine Tyrell.The show in question, Exiles, explores the history and the music of a hitherto much neglected subject; the effects of Irish settlement in Australia, the cultural ties between Ireland and Australia now, and the musical legacy that results from and bridges the two.
This promises to be a unique show, and features both original music from the artists involved, and some of the rich and rare songs of the past shared history.——
Along with that the tour will include a full and separate DOR show at the Fly By Night in Fremantle on the 27th Feb (accompanied by a band led by John Barrett), and a multiple artist show at ‘The Factory’ in Sydney on Feb 23rd, hosted and shared by some of the Exiles artists, and featuring some of the music from Exiles, to compensate for the fact that, despite a lot of effort, unfortunately, a successful arrangement to put on an Exiles show in Sydney did not come to fruition in time to advertise the tour.
He will have some merchandise with him on this tour of his latest record ‘Gold Bars In The Sun’ – be sure to get yourself along for one of these marvellous nights!Click here to see the new video for “Children of ’16”, made by Stephen Mogerley at the GPO, in O’Connell st, Dublin, on a gorgeous Sunday morning in Jan of this year. Declan is standing at or very near the spot where Padraig Pearse read out the proclamation of the Irish Republic on Easter Monday, 1916, moments prior to the beginning of the Rising.In April 2015, a commemorative service was held in city quay church, to officially acknowledge 40 civilian children who were killed in and around Dublin during Easter week of 1916.These children were mostly killed in crossfire, by bullets from both sides.The rebel side took a very harsh view of looters, as part of the ethos of a new republic. Anyone seen on the streets could be seen as potentially taking part, and often were. The British were no less militant in their duty to enforce a curfew on the streets at the same time, so it was left for these children to run the gauntlet in going about their regular day to day activities, which saw them escape the cramped and impoverished tenement buildings to find mischief and scavenge around the streets for a lump of coal, or a chunk of bread.With a curfew in effect all week, those killed where taken away quickly, and there were virtually no funeral services held for the Civilian dead. Most of these dead, were interred, together, in one large unmarked grave at Glasnevin cemetery. After 99 years this grave still remains unmarked.This came to the attention of Joe Duffy, one of Ireland’s best known radio personalities, in the build up to the commemorative excitement. He himself decided that if we are to commemorate 2016 as the 100th anniversary of the birth of our nation as we know it, then we surely must acknowledge those who lost their lives as a result of it. We know the names of our heroes, but what about the innocents?After finding some 40 of these children, buried and lost in the archives, the idea of a multi-denominational service was put into action. Joe invited Declan to perform at the service, and the invitation was accepted. After some discussion as to what might be an appropriate piece to mark such a moment, and the lack thereof, Declan naturally took up the challenge to write a song.Children of ’16, is the result; a song written to suit both the solemnity of the occasion, and indeed as a study of the impact of 1916 as a whole on Ireland then, and for all generations of Irish who have followed since, who are in essence, the children of 1916.Children of ’16 (accompanied by full orchestra) is a single from the forthcoming record ‘Declan O’Rourke – In Full Colour’ (due for release in 2016).The single went live across all well known digital music platforms including iTunes, amazon, spotify etc on 1st of January 2016, and includes a live stripped down version of the song, as performed by ‘The New Triangle’ at the Pavilion theatre, Dun Laoghaire, in October 2015.Physical hard copies can be ordered from the declanorourke.com online store
Declan O’Rourke with Full Orchestra -Live at Vicar St – May 7th
Over the last 4 years Declan O’Rourke has handpicked some of his most popular material and re-imagined the arrangements for a full concert orchestra. Since 2012 O’Rourke has played 5 sold out concert hall sized venues around Ireland with these works, accompanied by the RTE Concert Orchestra. The results have been spectacular, and the audience responses overwhelmingly positive.
Late last year it was decided to commit this work to record in the studio and the Artists 5th full length record ‘Declan O’Rourke, In Full Colour’ will be released to coincide with the concert this spring.
On the recent topflight/Today FM ski trip in Austria, Declan, Paddy (Casey), Mundy, and Wallis (Bird) provided the entertainment. That group was joined by a young singer, by the name of Saoirse Casey, who slipped in almost unknown to everyone and made quite the stir. Saoirse, who has been opening quite a few shows around the place at home over the last year, joined Declan and Paddy for a slot on the Ian Dempsey show on Friday morning to round up the week for everyone.
If you haven’t already seen it yet, here is the video that everyone’s been talking about and watching on Facebook, of Declan and Saoirse performing ‘Whatever Else Happens’ (from Declan’s ‘Big Bad Beautiful World’ album). The video went viral after the show and over the course of the seven days that followed it enjoyed over 150,000 views! We have never seen anything move as fast here.
Since then, Saoirse joined Declan in the studio to add her lovely voice to the very same track just this week! As it happens the song was already on the way to being re-recorded and released on ‘In Full Colour’, Declan’s next record, due out late this spring, comprised of the best of Declan’s material to date, re-imagined, and accompanied by full orchestra, along with four new songs.
We believe the recording with Saoirse went extremely well, and we cannot wait to hear the results!
Lo and behold, we find ourselves pleasantly inundated at the moment with requests to provide the lyrics and the words of Children of 16 to schools who either want to teach it their children, or to oblige the children who have asked for it themselves.
If you do use it for school please notify us so that we can post your video to Facebook, and add you to our list of superbly brilliant and cultured 16er schools!Finally, and at long last – the wait is over, and the first ever copies of DOR on full length vinyl have arrived!Those patent souls among you who pre-ordered will be the first to receive your copies and they are in flight mode as we speak – i.e. they are on the way to you, if not in your hands already…If you haven’t ordered yet, by all means now it the time, do it now here – the stocks won’t last forever!