Born and raised Yukon singer songwriter Declan O’Donovan is setting sail for The Rainbow Room in Ottawa as a featured performer in the upcoming Northern Scene bonanza of music, visual art, storytelling and so much more.
O’Donovan has put together a top notch band and is teaming up with Whitehorse-based roots and blues luminary Ryan McNally for the show, which is a kick off for their double-billed eastern tour. At Northern Scene, local drum ninja, upright bass player and fledgling film star Keith Picot will back him up.
Fresh from success in local clubs and international acclaim for his songwriting skills, O’Donovan is touring from Ottawa to New York City where he is excited to play The Rockwood Music Hall — one of his favourite venues.
The attention south of the border came by way of the West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest in the Blues category, where he was the only Canadian finalist.
O’Donovan seems poised for a successful run of shows. His combination of musical skill, word play, performance chops and rugged good looks is likely to win him new fans on sophisticated eastern shores.
Many will remember high-energy performances by O’Donovan with his former band mates in the local band, Scotch. Now, piano ballads figure prominently on his self-titled 2012 CD release and address late night themes of love and loss.
O’Donovan is off to Toronto to begin rehearsals with his band mates on their way to showcase northern talent in the Nation’s capital. His favourite scotch is Lagavulin or whatever else you want to buy him.