‘Since Kyabram is an album I will listen to for the rest of my life‘ – Edith Bowman
‘He writes the sort of classic songs that people don’t write anymore, songs that sound like they’ve been around forever’ – Paul Weller
O’Rourke has been crafting songs from his mid-teens, his attention snagged from the age of 13 when he was given a guitar by a priest whilst visiting Kyabram, north-central Victoria, Australia. By the time he was 24, he had returned to Ireland, landing in the middle of – and settling comfortably into – a fiercely creative music scene in Dublin that was the fertile breeding ground for the likes of Glen Hansard/The Frames, Paddy Casey, Gemma Hayes, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, and many more.
A turning point, however, was with the release of Since Kyabram, the success of which secured him a record contract with the major UK label, V2. His follow-up album, Big Bad Beautiful World (2007), effortlessly confirmed his appeal in Ireland as well as with an increasing list of well-connected advocates.
“My goal is to take something that has already moved me,” says O’Rourke, “and paint it into some kind of poetic vehicle that will carry it to others, with the correct instructions inside for them to unpack it and get the same result. Over time, I have found that being an artist is a process of stripping away layers of yourself in order to get to the core, to get to something that is pure and honest.”
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