Jack O’Rourke is one of those mercurial artists whose musical imagination and personality has made him an intriguing entity to his many fans.
A songwriter who first came to prominence with his ode to misunderstood youth, ‘Silence’ – which became a torch song for the Irish Marriage Equality Referendum – Jack went on to release his debut album Dreamcatcher to massive acclaim, peaking at No.5 in the Irish album charts and drawing huge critical praise – Tony Clayton Lea calling it “a seriously good album from a seriously good songwriter” in The Ticket and Lauren Murphy describing it as “a highly accomplished debut” in the Sunday Times.
Jack’s voice – a rich baritone capable of ethereal falsetto – wraps around his tunes like a waif. Hunched around a piano, Jack is a subtle and intense performer, “showing 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”, Don Johnston, Irish Examiner
From winning the Nashville-based International Songwriting Award to playing his Dreamcatcher album live with an orchestra at Cork Opera House, Jack’s fledgling career has been conspicuous by its high water marks. Chosen as a 2019 headliner for Other Voices, Jack was featured prominently in the television series and his collaboration, “New Day” with electronic artist, Kormac has nearly 500,000 views for its award winning music video.
The piano always remains central to what Jack does. Comparisons have been drawn over the initial years to various musicians (Bowie, Kate Bush, John Grant, Guy Garvey) However, the further Jack embarks into his own musical oeuvre, his own identity has begun to emerge and it is one that has its roots in a classic troubadour tradition, but with a modern and contemporary twist. His latest collection, the EP, Ivory Towers, features sonic textures influenced by artists as varied as ABBA to The National, but with a folk sensibility and the poetic flair of his heroes John Prine and Paul Simon. Hotpress in their review, wrote, “With Ivory Towers, Jack O’Rourke has established himself as one of the country’s most gifted songwriters. Long may he run.”
Jack is currently writing songs for his second full length album.
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