Declan de Barra
Dublin-based Waterford Musician Added to the Prestigious EUROSONIC FESTIVAL
"Throw Your Arms Around Me"
“Song of a Thousand Birds”
Dublin-based Waterford Musician Added to the Prestigious EUROSONIC FESTIVAL
::: Joining THE CORONAS & FIGHT LIKE APES to represent Ireland ::: ~
Co. Dublin, Ireland — 15 Nov. 2008 — Organisers of the prestigious Eurosonic festival have invited Irish singer Declan de Barra to represent Ireland at the festival in Groningen in January after they happened to catch one of his shows in the Netherlands.

Irish singer Declan de Barra is reaping the dividends from casting his net wide and touring constantly overseas.

The organisers of Eurosonic happened to catch one of Declan's shows in the Netherlands and promptly invited him to play the prestigious festival in Groningen this January.

de Barra has just released his second album "A Fire to scare the Sun" on Cargo throughout mainland Europe. An Irish release is planned for January 09.

The album features Cora Venus Lunny, James Dunne from the RTE Symphony Orchestra, Mary Barneccutt from Vyvienne Long's Band and Brian Hogan from Kíla and is already drawing in Rave reviews around Europe.

Other Irish acts selected to play are Fight Like Apes and the Coronas.

Among the major European acts who have broken through as a result of the Eurosonic Festival are Magic Numbers, Peter Bjorn and John, Klaxons, Nouvelle Vague, Franz Ferdinand, Kaizers Orchestra, Ojos de Brujo, Mando Diao, Junior Senior, The Libertines, The Beatsteaks, Avril, Jose Gonzalez, The Concretes, Moneybrother, and many others.

Press photo here:


From Ireland ...




"Declan' s voice is the instrument 99% of this worlds bands will never learn to play. You can give me a piano or violin and Declan and I think I could live forever knowing it won't get better than that."

Declan de Barra is one of the brightest lights to shine from the neo singer & songwriter scene flourishing in Ireland.

When his first solo album "Song of a Thousand Birds" was released, media literarily lavished praise on the man and his voice. In their attempts to categorize and define him they chose the cream of musicians to compare him with, from Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, Anthony and the Johnsons to Tim Buckley. And yet none of these comparisons even come close to succeed in describing the richness of his voice and the depth of his songs…

Please read more about de Barra below - and please contact us if you are interested in booking Declan de Barra for your venue or festival. We will provide you with sound material and further information with great pleasure.

For a first impression you can also listen to Declan de Barra at Myspace / Declan de Barra/or view video on Declan´s website

Available --> whole year - main tour periods: September until December 07 --> also booking requests for 2008 are welcome. Traveling party/line up --> 2 (de Barra lead vocals, guitar, shruti box plus cellist/piano player)
Exclusive booking contact/central agency Declan de Barra --> GRIOT GmbH, Wulf v. Gaudecker
Tel.: +49 4526 33 820 - Mail:
Exclusive booking partners in the following countries --> Netherlands/Belgium, Spain/Italy, France, Portugal, Denmark, Poland - please find contact to your local agent below.


"Song of a Thousand Birds" is the dark highlight of the beginning of this year, an absolute must for every fan of singer/songwriter music from Nick Cave et al. and of Irish sounds. Phenomenal !"

"The intensity of de Barra´s voice is breath taking, as is the musical mélange created from fragile, sparsely arranged acoustic folk with a lot of Celtic flavour."

"It is one of the most captivating voices I have ever heard, deep and intensive, always powerful … Within this whole singer-songwriter-hype there are only a few candidates that truly convince me, because they come across honestly and uncontrived. Maybe it also impresses me that this man is living his art - probably in it's purest but also most volatile form "

"Thanks to his voice and the intensity of his music critics have made comparisons with Jeff Buckley and Antony & The Johnsons. In contrast to those Declan de Barra has remained faithful to his roots... Success seems to interest him a lot less than the direct contact with his audience..."

"A passionate invoking, enthralling, defiant singer. One like this does not come from pop academies or casting competitions. He sings in the most individual way about subjects that burn his soul.
A singer-songwriter in the best Irish tradition from Van Morrison to Damien Rice."


Jan 11 DE - Freiburg - Venue: Freiburg Cultural Fair
Feb 10 IE - Limerick - Venue: "Underground" Bakers Place
Feb 14 ES - Barcelona -Venue: Sala Sidecar + Her only presente (Stereodiet Club)
Feb 15 ES - Madrid -Venue: Sala Midada Club
Feb 16 ES - Caceres -Venue: Sala Aldana
Feb 17 ES - Don Benito - Venue: Rincón Pio Sound
Feb 18 ES - Salamanca -Venue: Bar Esperanto
Feb 19 ES - Zamora -Venue: Sala Avalon
Feb 20 ES - Oviedo -Venue: Cafe Masaveu 55
Feb 21 ES - Lliça d´Amunt -Venue: Ateneu de l´Aliança
Feb 24 ES - Girona -Venue: Cafe Irlandia
Mar 15 IE - Dublin - Venue: Bewleys Theatre (Grafton st)
Mar 20 NL - Tilburg- Venue: 013 club (Damien Rice Afterparty)
Mar 21 NL - Gouda - livingroom concert ,
Mar 22 NL - Den Haag - Venue: Paard (cafe),
Mar 23 NL - Radio show Opnames KinkFM/ 2 meter sessie
Mar 23 NL - Amsterdam - Venue: Pakhuis Wilhelmina
Mar 24 NL - Maastricht - Venue: -John Mullins
Mar 25 NL -Live performance L1 radio, de Stemming, Maastricht 11/1am
Mar 25 NL - Heerlen - Venue: Triskell Folkfestival
Mar 25 NL - Vaals - Venue: - Vereinshoes 19.00-20.15 showtime
May 18 FR - Paris - Bouffes du Nord (supporting AaRON)
May 19 FR - Paris - Bouffes du Nord (supporting AaRON)
Jun 20 NL -Terschelling -Oerol festival - Westerkeyn
Jun 21 NL -Terschelling -Oerol festival - Koffiepot
Aug 12 CA - Vancouver - Venue: Under The Volcano Folk Festival.
Sep 14 DE - LICH - Kunstlich e. V Festival Special show With Chiwoniso
Sep 15 DE - LICH - Kunstlich e. V Festival Special show With Chiwoniso
Sep 20 NL - Den Haag - Theater De regentes
Sep 21 NL - Enschede - Festival Rockarty (grote kerk), (NL)
Sep 22 NL - Theater, Oosterhout
Sep 23 NL - Ottersum - Roepean Theater
Nov 07 - tour Spain/Italy and Portugal

BOOKING NETWORK Declan de Barra:
Netherlands/Belgium - WM Music - contact: Henk Kuper - Mail
Spain/Italy - Aloud - contact: Sergio Picón - Mail
France - Zamora Productions - contact: Benjamin Demelmester - Mail:
Portugal - SMOG - contact: Ricardo Simões - Mail:
Denmark - Pay/Rec - contact: Mikkel or Annemarie - Mail:
Poland - Novoczesna Pensjonarka - contact: Bartek - Mail:

We are looking forward to talking with you or receiving a mail from you and will provide you
with sound and video material and further information with great pleasure.

Website Declan de Barra at Griot:
Official website Declan de Barra:

Thank you in advance - best wishes and kind regards,
Marion v. Gaudecker, Wolf v. Kap-herr, Julian v. Schumann & Wulf v. Gaudecker

PS: Get more information about our programme on our website: GRIOT ONLINE

More artists on tour 2007

Andy Narell * Chiwoniso * Declan de Barra * Gcina Mhlophe * Goldfish * Hugh Masekela * Inemo
Izaline Calister * Magou & Dakar Transit * Miriam Makeba (in co-op with bpr) * Papa Wemba
Ray Lema * Themba Mkhize * Sakésho * Shabalala Rhythm * Simphiwe Dana * Rebecca Malope

"Throw Your Arms Around Me"
Rogue Goat Records (Ireland)
Translation Loss Records (USA)

::: Hot Press "Single of the Fortnight" :::
This week has been a great one for Declan de Barra. He releases the third single "Throw Your Arms Around Me" from his internationally critically aclaimed debut album "Song of a Thousand Birds" and announces his signing with American Indie label Translation Loss Records distributed by Red/Sony North America.

has spent the year building up a solid following across Europe after signing up with the Griot Agency and gaining rave reviews for his debut album. Now he will take his unique voice across the water to The States and Canada with the release of "Song of a Thousand Birds" on CD and Vinyl.

Translation Loss Records press release and Tour Dates below:


Translation Loss Records is extremely overjoyed to announce the signing of our first overseas artist, Ireland's very ownsinger/songwriter, Declan de Barra. Declan, who has been working as an independent musician since the age of 18, has previously released records and toured the world with his former outfits "Non Intentional Lifeform" and "Clann Zu." His first band "NIL" was released through
Roadrunner Records and "Clann Zu" had a number of successful releases released through the politically charged Canadian label G7 Welcoming Committee, home to writers Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn as well as the highly praised "International Noise Conspiracy."
Song of a Thousand Birds, his Translation Loss Records debut solo record, features some of the best in Irish contemporary musicians including Rónán Ó'Snodaigh, Jape and Turlough from the Chapters. Declan (vocals, electric & acoustic guitar & percussion) moves easily between delicate pop songs and grand orchestrated reflections, bringing to mind many of rock's late greats while maintaining his own fresh and original sound. Expect an early 2007 release.

You can hear select tracks from Declan de Barra's stunning debut "Song Of A Thousand Birds" here:

You can also catch a live TV performance of the song "Throw your arms around me" from "Song Of A Thousand Birds" here:

Tour Dates

November 11 - GERMANY - Frankfurt Oder - Venue: Transvokale

November 12 - POLAND - Poznan - Venue: Kisielice

November 13 - POLAND - Katowice - Venue: Cogitatur

November 14 - POLAND - Krakow - Venue: B-Side

November 28 - GERMANY - Nürnberg - Venue: Karstadt Kulturcafé

November 29 - NETHERLANDS - Tilburg - Venue: - 013 club (Supporting Woost)

December 1 - NETHERLANDS - Nijmegen - Venue: - de Onderbroek

December 2 - GERMANY - Gladbeck - Venue: Galleria

December 3 - GERMANY - ESSEN - Venue: Kulturkirche (MORNING SHOW)

December 3 - GERMANY - Gelsenkirchen - Venue: L.O.N.

December 5 - GERMANY - Ingolstadt - Venue: Kleinkunstbühne Neue Welt

December 12 - IRELAND - Dublin - Venue: Temple Bar Music Centre
(opening for Propaghandi)

Jan 11 - GERMANY - Freiburg - Venue: Freiburg Cultural Fair

Declan de Barra

“Song of a Thousand Birds”

March 31st on Rogue Goat (Distributed By Gael Linn)

Featuring the singles “Blackbird Song” & “Apple Tree”
Hear the tunes on:

Irish Album Launch
"Song of a Thousand Birds" is released in Ireland March 31 on Rogue Goat (Distributed by Gael Linn). Declan will be launching the album at Crawdaddy in Dublin on March 25th with the CHOICE MUSIC PRIZE Winner Julie Feeney supporting.
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