We are delighted to welcome back Jack O'Rourke once more to the Inkwell Theatre stage!

Special Guest: Paddy Dennehy

Saturday 14th December at 8pm

Inkwell Theatre, Minane Bridge

Ticket: €20 plus booking fee

Tickets are also available in the XL Shop in Minane Bridge

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, The Irish Examiner

A natural melody writer, with chord changes unexpected yet familiar, as a lyricist, Jack manages to combine that most difficult and delicate of writing traits – the ability to convey the personal whilst making it universal. A key to his success to date is having made himself identifiable to music fans of many tastes, yet still keeping enough in the background to make further investigation a necessity. 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 and now the songwriter is set to embark on another phase of his journey.

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. Synths, cellos and clarinets – whatever serves the song. The Corkman’s grasp of a song has led to several notable collaborations to date; namely with Glen Hansard at Other Voices, the Irish Chamber Orchestra at Vicar St, vocals with Imelda May, Hot House Flowers and Bell X1, while joining the Freezer Room ensemble at Electric Picnic with the likes of Wallis Bird and Tracy K. His collaboration with electronic producer Kormac has yielded the hit ‘New Day’ with almost half a million views on YouTube to date.

“Dreamcatcher is an album that knows when to swing for the fences, see the bombastic joie de vivre of the baroque-pop masterpiece ‘Naivety’ or the fun fuzz-laden nod of the head to Bowie ‘Iggy’, and to opt for a more nuanced restrained sound, look to the weighty strings and pensive piano of ‘Silence’. 9/10.”

— The Last Mixed Tape

“Jack O’ Rourke’s music has a grace and a glory to it that will stop you in your tracks and make you forget where you were going! “Silence” is one of the songs of the year for me.. “I’ll Forget You In The Morning” took me away too .... Beautiful honest songwriting delivered with a transporting musicality that will take you there... wherever you are going!”

— Fiachna O' Braonáin, RTE Radio 1

“Jack O’Rourke is one of Ireland’s most exciting new emerging talents”

— I.M.R.O. ( Irish Music Rights Organisation) Ireland

“Silence is a modern rebel song. The song is truly beautiful. It the change that happened in Ireland”

— Cerys Matthews, BBC4 - The Great Irish Songbook, 2015

“This is a seriously good album from a seriously good songwriter. ★★★★”

— Tony Clayton Lea, The Irish Times


Special Guest: Paddy Dennehy

Newcomers to Paddy Dennehy's music have a tendency be blown away. His first ever gig in Dublin was performing on 'The Late Late Show' after their booking team stumbled across him on YouTube. His first time playing his own material in Cork was a personal invitation from Glen Hansard to join him onstage at the Everyman Theatre after hearing him play 'Hard Times' on an old upright piano at the back of Benner's Hotel in Dingle. The first full band show to a mesmerised audience at Electric Picnic's 'Trailer Park Stage' left no one in doubt that they were seeing the beginning of something quite special indeed.

Performing with some of the greatest acts in Ireland and abroad (Imelda May, Mick Flannery, Lisa Hannigan to name a few...) has provided something of a steep learning curve for Paddy. "I remember coming away from the gig in King John's Castle in Limerick after supporting Imelda May thinking 'Jesus, I think I might have something good here, but 'good' isn't enough. My songwriting needs to get better, I have to work on my voice and my delivery if I want to keep performing on that level." This assessment led to many recordings being scrapped, songs taken apart and pieced back together and every aspect of the show being subject to scrutiny. "It took a long, long time for me to get a grip on what I want to do and how I wanted to deliver it.

Paddy Dennehy's debut album "Strange Wings" will be released in 2019. References to Nick Cave, Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen can be heard throughout the album suggesting a classic school of songwriting where each lyric has clearly been carefully chosen and every melody crafted with the utmost care in pursuit of the timeless song.

“I was just f**king knocked out.”— Glen Hansard

“Hearing Paddy Dennehy for the first time, I was almost knocked out of my boots. A powerhouse voice and classic songwriter in every sense of the word” — Ciaran Lavery

“Incredible”— Ryan Tubridy. RTE


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