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10.04.2016

Jack O'Rourke - "On the downlow"

The lone figure of Jack O'Rourke seated at a piano is one that Irish gig goers are becoming more accustomed to seeing. Whether performing startlingly honest ballads solo or driving Spectorish rock with his band, his plaintive baritone and piano are core. With a good part of 2016 behind us, openly gay artist Jack O'Rourke has established himself as one of the most prolific Irish songwriters and powerful live performers in the last few years. Having ended 2015 on a high note performing his moving composition "Silence" on The Late Late Show, he eased his way into the New Year with the release of the stunning "I’ll forget you in the morning" (here on Morphosis) which was swiftly play-isted by both local and national radio stations. His follow-up single "Dreamcatcher" (there) showcased a different side of Jack O'Rourke, combining funky Stax soul rhythms with his hypnotic timbre. Soon after its release, he took the coveted first place in the lyrics category of the International Songwriting Competition, which was judged by Bill Withers and Tom Waits among many others. His songs speak of various human conditions with melodic flair, through young but wise eyes. There already have been flattering comparisons with the likes of David Bowie, Kate Bush and John Grant, but Jack's unique voice and songwriting flair shine throughout in a sea of eclectic influences.
This year has included many highlights for Jack including selling out his début Dublin performance at Whelans, performing "Galileo" with Declan O'Rourke at Live At St Lukes and performing on the Frank and Walters new album alongside Cillian Murphy. Jack also played live at Dublin's recent Bloom Festival. Ever pushing for more, he is looking forward to performing at Electric Picnic & Independence and taking his début album "Dreamcatcher" (produced by Christian Best) on tour across the nation. The album features edgy baroque pop, plaintive ballads and startingly honest reflections on the world around him. It will be officially launched in the iconic Everyman Theatre in Cork on October 15th with a nationwide tour following that. In the meanwhile, here's "On the downlow" and a nice video directed by Barra Vernon -once again- starring dancers Philip O'Callaghan & Lisa Hayes in a choreography by Megan Blythe.


"If masculinity's your currency,
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