Concerts & Events

Saturday, February 2, 2019  ·  7:30 PM

Irish Arts Center and Old Town School of Folk Music presents

Declan O'Rourke: Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

In association with Irish American Heritage Center supported by the Consulate of Ireland in Chicago.

Acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Declan O'Rourke (”Gallileo”) makes his Old Town School debut with a live performance of his epic song cycle Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine, performed with an eight-piece all-star folk & trad ensemble, including John Sheahan (The Dubliners), Dermot Byrne (Altan), Caitriona Frost (Celtic Woman), and Cillian Vallely (Lúnasa). Winner of a 2018 RTÉ Radio One Folk Award and inspired by O'Rourke's own family history, Chronicles is an empathic portrait of the forgotten and a vivid musical evocation of Ireland through the incomprehensible hardship of the Great Famine.

“O'Rourke mines the darkest corners…of the Irish famine with a sensitivity that animates a raft of highly personal stories.” — The Irish Times

“Compassion, romance, a sense of mortality and a sense of history run through the songs of Declan O'Rourke.” -- Jon Pareles, New York Times

Presented with support from Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.