Declan O’Rourke To Kick-Off ‘Learn From Leaders’ Series Of Live Gigs At Benners

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Declan O’Rourke.

THREE great music artists will play in a series of concerts in Tralee in the run up to Christmas beginning this Thursday with Declan O’Rourke, fresh from winning Best Original Folk Track for ‘Along the Western Seaboard’ at the RTE Folk Awards two weeks ago.

Benner’s Hotel will be the venue for the concert organised by ‘Learn from Leaders’ which promotes positive leadership in society.

Learn from Leaders has teamed up with three diverse musicians  with each gig on a Thursday night.

Declan O’Rourke brings his soulful music to the Kingdom first, then Emma Langford, singer songwriter, and winner of “Best Emerging Folk Artist” at the RTE Folk Awards, will play on Thursday November and finally, Irish rock legends The 4 Of Us will conclude the series of gigs on Thursday December 6.

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“I like the idea of bringing people together through music,” says Brian Stephenson of Learn From Leaders. “Music is a huge part of our culture and we’d like to play a small part in building a vibrant live music scene in Tralee. This in turn will lead to more community cohesion and that’s the environment in which new community leaders will emerge. We hope the people of Tralee will not only enjoy the music but also enjoy being part of a live music revival in Tralee”.

Declan O’Rourke has enjoyed great success, especially in the noughties with his debut album in 2004, Since Kyabram. It debuted at Number 5 on the Irish Charts and scored double-platinum sales, earning him three Meteor Awards nominations including Best Male, Best Album, and Best Folk/ Traditional Album, as well as landing him a recording contract with V2.

In 2018 Declan O’Rourke released his new album ‘Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine’. 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 Ireland’s history.

Tickets can be purchased from The Tech Co (formally B-mobile) on Dominic St, Tralee and all proceeds from the events go to fostering and promoting ethical and compassionate leadership.

The tickets for Declan O’Rourke are  €22.50, tickets for Emma Langford, November 22 are €10 and The 4 Of Us on December 6 is €20. Find out more about Learn From Leaders at

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