Jack O' Rourke
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The figure of Jack O’Rourke hunched over piano keys or icy synths is something to behold. His wide ranging voice, somewhere between velvet baritone and ethereal falsetto and the unique craft of his songwriting makes him one of Ireland’s most compelling artists. Whether performing solo, with strings or with his incredible rock band, Jack's honest and raw performances are unique.
Jack’s critically acclaimed debut album, “Dreamcatcher” reached no. 5 on The Irish Album Charts. Compared to The National, Rufus Wainwright, David Bowie and Kate Bush, Jack’s songs are strikingly honest and individual, personal and political. Excavating the worlds of folk, rock, blues, jazz, electronic and even chamber music, Jack absorbs these traditions and fuses them with his own outlook and melodic flair. Reviewing his sold out album launch at The Everyman Theatre and Whelans, Don O Mahony writes in The Examiner, “Jack shows a deftness when it comes to dissecting the minutiae of relationships and examining the human condition in a manner worthy of lyrical forebears Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.”
In the past year, “Dreamcatcher’s” success led to his songs “Naivety”, “Shining for You” and “On the Downlow” being playlisted on RTE Radio 1, BBC and Today FM.
Jack’s composition, “Silence” was the anthem for the Marriage Equality Referendum and it won an International Songwriting Award judged by Tom Waits, Lorde and Bill Withers, which he performed on a coveted slot on The Late Late Show.
After playing the main festival circuit – Other Voices, Electric Picnic, Groove, Sea Sessions and Indiependence, Jack performed his entire album accompanied by a 25 piece orchestra to a sold out crowd at Cork Opera House. He collaborated with Leonard Cohen muse Hattie Webb, Marlene Enright, electro pioneers Kormac and freezerRoom. He looks forward to releasing the fruits of these collaborations.
Over December 2017, Jack was featured on RTE Documentaries, “The Art of Songwriting”, a special South Wind Blows with Philip King on Christmas Day and “Life after Loss” which he underscored. Amidst headlining Dublin's TradFest and playing his first Paris concert - a co-headliner with Róisín O, Jack is currently writing his successor to Dreamcatcher with a single release in April 2018