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Released 27th October 2017
Declan O'Rourke Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine CD
Fifteen years in the making, this epic song cycle combines the best of traditional Irish music and the heart of modern song-writing to present a series of extraordinary true tales from the most dynamic period in Irish history.
Inspired by John O’Connor's book "The Workhouses of Ireland" O'Rourke wrote ‘Poor Boys Shoes’ the first song of the collection, and recalls, "The hair stood up on my neck when I read the lines: 'The man who carried his wife from the workhouse to their old home, mile after weary mile, was discovered next morning dead, his wife’s feet held to his breast as if he was trying to warm them...' I had stumbled into a chapter of history I knew almost nothing about. I wanted to be a witness, to share these stories the best way I knew how, through music."
Known as the Great Irish Famine, An Gorta Mór was by far the most impactful era in the recorded history of Ireland. The effect on the population was so devastating that seven generations and 170 years later the population is still far from where it was in the 1840s. "This project is an attempt to bring fresh air to an unhealed wound, and to remind the Irish people of what we have overcome."