Jack O'Rourke Sunset Concert Series IWA
MA in Songwriting at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance proudly presents another Sunset Concert Series of 2020 featuring the songwriting talents of Jack O'Rourke; Tuesday February 18th Tower Theatre (Theatre 2) Irish World Academy Building (North Campus) 5:30 - 6:15pm Free Admission: All Welcome.
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.
“Jack O’ Rourke’s music has a grace and a glory to it that will stop you in your tracks’ Fiachna O’ Braonáin, RTE Radio 1
“Silence is a masterpiece”, Cerys Matthews, BBC
“This is a seriously good album from a seriously good songwriter. **** ” Tony Clayton Lea, The Irish Times
“A powerful Collection” Hotpress
“The songs coast between the highs and lows and float along everything in between. And isn’t that what life is all about.” Danny Kilmartin, Golden Plec
“See the bombastic joie de vivre of the baroque-pop masterpiece ‘Naivety’. 9/10”, Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape
“Jack is commanding on “I’ll forget you in the Morning” which employs piano balladry and orchestral flourishes”, Nialler 9
“O’Rourke has produced a remarkably introspective compilation here.” Pure M
” Cork singer with oodles of soul, blues and jazz, all wrapped up with a striking modern pop bow” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times