Declan O’Rourke returns to The Empire

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Declan O’Rourke returns to Belfast in December in support of Gold Bars In The Sun, his first album in more than four years which is set for October release.

Last seen in the city performing his best known song ‘Galileo (Someone Like You)’ at the BBC ‘Proms in the Park’ with the Ulster Orchestra, the Dublin based singer is internationally acclaimed for his astute song writing abilities and warm showmanship.

Gold Bars in the Sun will be Declan’s fourth studio album and incorporates the songs of his ‘Howlin’ Lowly Moons’ project, which is seeing him deliver a new song each month directly to his fan base, with contributions thus far from John Prine, the Philadelphia-based Lancaster Bible College Choir, the RTE Concert Orchestra and Sarah Siskind.

Debut album Since Kyabram, released in October 2004, went on to achieve double platinum status in Ireland.

Big Bad Beautiful World followed in October 2007, consolidating his appeal, debuting at number 4 in the Irish charts, and included hit singles in the title track and ‘Whatever Else Happens’.

Declan will play the Empire Music Hall on Monday, December 14.

Tickets are £17 from all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.ie and their 24 hour ticketline on 0844 277 4455. Over 18s only. Doors open 7.30pm.