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Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Irish singer/songwriter, Declan O’Rourke. A latecomer to the Dublin music scene, in his mid-twenties he found himself in the mix with the likes of Paddy Casey, Gemma Hayes, Damian Rice and many other Irish singer-songwriters. In 2004, Declan released his debut album, Since Kyabram. The single from that album, Galileo, has been covered by numerous artists including Josh Groban. In 2011, Declan O’Rourke joined a stellar line up of artists that included Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas and Amos Lee for Transatlantic Sessions, broadcast on the BBC. He was also a featured artist on the Transatlantic Sessions Live Tour 2012, encompassing the Royal Festival Hall in London, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Glasgow Concert Hall. We spoke with Declan while on tour in the US.

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Our guest this week on Art of the Song is singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Mark Erelli. Before turning his attention to a career in music, he earned a Master’s Degree in evolutionary biology. In 1999 he won the prestigious Kerville Folk Festival New Folk Award, and in 2005, People Look Around, a song he co-wrote with Catie Curtis was the grand prize winner for the International Songwriting Competition. We had the pleasure of hosting Mark Erelli for a house concert in our Albuquerque, New Mexico living room.



The Rails are running. English singer-songwriter duo Kami Thompson and James Walbourne have reached deep into their rich musical histories to concoct the kind of sharp, true folk rock blend rarely heard since the Seventies.