Yukon by-the-way of Montreal artist Declan O’Donovan plays Lorenzo's Café in Ashton Creek

Yukon by-the-way of Montreal artist Declan O’Donovan plays Lorenzo's Café in Ashton Creek

Step right up to see Yukon’s answer to Tom Waits

Singer/pianist Declan O’Donovan launches new self-titled alt roots/blues album with cross-Canada tour that stops in the North Okanagan.

With a raw, gritty and unique voice and a recent international songwriting award, singer/pianist Declan O’Donovan is poised to launch his solo career with a new self-titled alt roots/blues album and a cross-Canada tour.

To celebrate the release of his new CD, O’Donovan will be performing at Lorenzo’s Café in Ashton Creek on Friday, Oct. 19.

Born and raised in the Yukon Territory, O’Donovan has lived part-time in both Whitehorse and Montreal since 2007.

Over the last two decades, he has performed, collaborated and recorded with numerous bands; most notably the beloved Yukon-based alternative blues/rock group Scotch.

O’Donovan’s new CD features nine original tracks that are a mix of blues, jazz, rock and roots music.

A master songwriter and storyteller, O’Donovan’s poignant lyrics and distinctive voice often draw comparisons to early Tom Waits, although he has his own distinct style.

“Although comparisons to Tom Waits can be made, O’Donovan has a unique voice, and is emerging as an internationally-recognized songwriter and equally skilled as a musician,” said  Barry “Jack” Jenkins, with What’s Up Yukon.

Recently, O’Donovan won the blues category of the West Coast Songwriters International Songwriting Competition for Cheap Souvenir, a song from the CD. O’Donovan’s talents as an energetic and accomplished pianist are also highlighted on the disc.

O’Donovan plays Lorenzo’s, located at  901 Mabel Lake Rd. east of Enderby, Friday at 8 p.m. Cover is $10. Call 250-838-6700 to make a reservation.