One of Cork’s finest talents Jack O'Rourke has had an incredible year and things are only on the up. 2017 kicked off with Jack’s beautiful track "On the Downlow" being named number 12 on the RTE Radio 1’s most played songs. Check out the beautiful track for the song below. Directed by Barra Vernon with Dance choreographed by Megan Blythe and performed by Philip O’Callaghan & Lisa Hayes it really is something special. The RTÉ Choice Music Prize is one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar, so it was an honour to see Jack’s stunning debut album “Dreamcatcher” nominated for the Choice Music Prize Album of the Year.
February saw the release of Jack’s single "Naivety" to critical acclaim. A big and bold track filled to the brim with choirs and strings, “Naivety” wears it’s influences on its sleeve with hints of Kate Bush, David Bowie and Johnny Cash evident. A stunning track it was no surprise when “Naivety” recently reached the final 20 Rock Songs Category in The International Songwriting Competition. Check it out for yourself below.
April saw Jack perform his acclaimed album “Dreamcatcher” in full in the Cork Opera House accompanied by his own band and the 25 piece Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra. A truly incredible performance that people are still talking about to this day.
July saw the garden party season in full swing at Áras an Uachtaráin, and Jack was honoured to attend and perform at a special day to celebrate the citizens from all over the world who have chosen to make Ireland their home and who have contributed, or are contributing, in their unique way to Irish society.
Another highlight of the year would have have to be Jack winning Best Irish Album at The Irish Music Awards for his gorgeous album “Dreamcatcher”. The Irish Music Awards is hosted by the Irish Music Association and honors the best of Irish Music so we were delighted to see Jack take home the prize. Ever on the road, Jack spent the past year touring all around Ireland, playing headline shows and festivals around the country at esteemed venues and festivals including Sea Sessions, Indiependence, Townlands, Sea Sessions, Doolin Folk Festival and the Other Voices stage at Electric Picnic.
In one of the best double headliners of December if not the year, Jack and Marlene Enright performed a truly captivating show at Live at St Luke’s. The pews were jam packed for an evening that won’t soon be forgotten. A really special way to draw the year to a close, we’re already very excited for what 2018 will bring to our favourite Cork superstar.
Over the Christmas season we had Jack’s latest release, a powerful electro tinged cover of “The Power of Love” in aid of Pieta house on repeat, it's too good to listen to just at Christmas so check it out here: