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Monday, 26 November 2012
Declan O’Rourke Review- Published in The Irish World 22/09/12
it when you go to a gig you hope at the very least to enjoy the music, anything
else is just a bonus.
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.
gently guided his audience through nearly every human emotion available with
his soulful music and endearing use of his own honest blend of humour.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.