Jack O'Rourke/Sound of the Sirens
St. Werburgh's Church, Dublin
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General Admission: €19.99 incl. booking fee
Doors 8pm | Performance Starts 8:30pm
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The lone figure of Jack O’Rourke hunched over piano keys and moody synths, is one that Irish audiences are becoming more accustomed to seeing. Whether performing his startlingly honest folk ballads solo or driving Spectorish rock with his band, Jack’s plaintive baritone, ethereal falsetto and piano are core.
"Dreamcatcher", Jack's debut album 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. 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 at Cork Opera House to a sold out Cork Opera House. He collaborated with Leonard Cohen muse Hattie Webb, Marlene Enright, electro pioneers Kormac and freezerRoom and looks forward to releasing the songs/pieces. Over Christmas 2017, Jack was featured on RTE Documentaries, "The Art of Songwriting", a special South Wind Blows with Philip King and "Life after Loss" which he underscored.
Jack is currently writing his successor to Dreamcatcher with a single release in March.He looks forward to playing Trad fest at St. Werburgh's Church - joining him is cirtuoso Dylan Howe on guitars and cellos and special guest Lisa Lambe.
Support from English alt folk duo - Sounds of Sirens.
"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
"Musical, coupled with O'Rourke's expressive, supple voice, this makes for a highly accomplished debut" - Lauren Murphy, The Culture, The Sunday Times
"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
Sound of the Sirens
Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album 'For All Our Sins', a beguiling acoustic pop collection replete with a rich lyrical sensibility. They have built their fan base not merely through several sublime EP releases, but also through their live shows, which combine a natural faility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances predicated on energy, warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction. This is true whether Sound of the Sirens are playing the intimate environs of Exeter Cathedral, before tens of thousands at the Isle of Wright Festival or supporting Rick Astley on his UK arena tour. Drawing on diverse influences, including Bob Dylan, Ed Sheeran and Joni Mitchell. Sound of the Sirens want to both enlighten and entertain, and they want to do it with euphony. Prepare to be enthralled!