Monday, 26 November 2012

Declan O’Rourke Review- Published in The Irish World 22/09/12

Let’s face it when you go to a gig you hope at the very least to enjoy the music, anything else is just a bonus.

Declan O’Rourke’s gig last week in The Leicester Square Theatre delivered to the audience so much more than a few cheerful tunes and proved that O’Rourke is far from a one trick pony,  and more of a Grand National stallion in entertainment.

O’Rourke gently guided his audience through nearly every human emotion available with his soulful music and endearing use of his own honest blend of humour.

The intimate venue added to the relaxed ambiance of the evening with its old style theatre seating and rustic red curtained surroundings, into which O’Rourke fitted comfortably.

Each of his songs made different but affective impacts on the audience as before each one he told of their back stories and relevance to his life.

A lot of these stories were highly entertaining and at times hilarious which allowed the audience to feel as though O’Rourke was more like an extremely modest best friend that had called round for a chat than that of an elitist songwriter distant from those beyond the stage spotlights.

Songs such as Whatever Else Happens and Marrying the Sea brought an emotional silence to the theatre which was delivered so soothingly I’m nearly convinced I heard a tear drop fall.

While his others songs such as Lightning Bird Wind River , in which he used a ukele, and Your World got the audience off their seats fondly singing along.

It also was not difficult to see why his song writing has a large celebrity following such as Paul Brady, Gary Lightbody, Ronnie Wood and Paul Weller who once said of all the songs in the world it is Declan O’Rourke’s Gallileo that he wished he had written.

Gallileo is a real classic that uses poetic lyrics which you can’t help but stop and respect.

Based on this performance I am of the opinion that O’Rourke is somewhat of a hidden gem, his talent cannot be compared or likened to that of anyone else and on top of his great musical ability he also seemed like a hugely likeable character.






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