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Lahinch gig for O’Rourke

KENNY’S Bar in Lahinch welcomes singer songwriter Declan O’Rourke this September for one night only. The Dublin-based artist will perform in the seaside resort on Thursday, September 12.

Declan has been busy since the long-awaited release of his third studio album, the curiously titled Mag Pai Zai, in April 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 topped the success of Declan’s first two albums, holding its own in the top 10 for four consecutive weeks.

Declan’s songs have been covered by many artists, including Josh Groban and Eddi Reader and performed by Paul Weller, Camille O’Sullivan and Maura O’Connell, among others.

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.

He recently completed a sold-out eight-night residence at New York City’s Donaghy Arts Centre and plans to return to the US in the autumn for a couple of short tours to support the release of Mag Pai Zai, which will be his first official US release.

Meanwhile, the White Horse sessions continue at Kenny’s in Lahinch. These are a series of gigs set up to provide a platform for original artists and bands to perform their wares to an appreciative audience in an intimate candlelit setting.

Kenny’s Bar in Lahinch plays host to these gigs every Tuesday night during the summertime and monthly during the winter months with the aim of bringing original music back to the west and north by keeping it fresh, original and vital for listener and performer alike.

This is the sixth year it has been running and it will continue into September, with Purple Electric taking to the stage next Tuesday at 9pm, with a second act yet to be confirmed.

Purple Electric is an alternative rock band formed in June 2011 and consists of six members, Eoin Davies and Mairéad Healy on vocals, Cian Doherty on drums, Brian Davies on bass, Laurence Egan on keyboards and James Cotter on lead/rhythm guitar. Purple Electric is based in North Clare.

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