WEDNESDAY 29TH JANUARY 2014
Declan O’Rourke has been busy since the long-awaited release of his third studio album, the curiously titled Mag Pai Zai, in April last 2011. With multi-platinum sales under his belt from his first two albums, Since Kyabram (2004) and Big Bad Beautiful World (2007), Declan took time out to reflect and start afresh.
Mag Pai Zai managed to top the success of Declan's first two albums, holding its own in the top 10 for four consecutive weeks. 'A Little Something,' the album's debut single, climbed to the no. 2 spot in the Today FM Top 40.
Mag Pai Zai has been included in Irish Times music editor Tony Clayton-Lea’s ‘101 Irish Albums to Hear Before You Die.’
Declan's songs have been recorded by many artists including Josh Groban, Eddi Reader, The Celtic Tenors, Paul Byrom, and performed by Paul Weller, Camille O’Sullivan and Maura O’Connell amongst others.
In 2011, Declan was part of the stellar line up of artists, including Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas and Amos Lee, for BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions (Series 5), which he followed up later that year with an appearance at Belfast’s Proms in the Park with the BBC Ulster Orchestra.
Declan has toured extensively in Europe opening for the likes of Paul Weller, Snow Patrol, Teddy Thompson, The Cardigans, Paulo Nutini, Badly Drawn Boy, Divine Comedy and Paul Brady.
In June 2012, Declan was invited to perform at the Electric Burma gala concert, celebrating Burmese human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi, alongside Bono, Bob Geldof, Damian Rice, Vanessa Redgrave, and many others.
April 2013 saw Declan complete a sold out eight-night residence at New York City’s Donaghy Arts Centre.
'Mag Pai Zai' receives its first foreign releases in Germany and the US in early October 2013, supported by US and German tours throughout Autumn/Winter '13.
“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, Mojo Magazine (Apr 2012)
"Classic sounding [...] literate, grown-up pop [...] colored with subtle, finger-picked acoustic guitar and O’Rourke’s warm, enveloping voice"
- Eric Danton, The Wall Street Journal (Aug 2013)
"Virtuosity [...] and meticulous dynamics"
- Jon Pareles (Chief Popular Music Critic), The New York Tim