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Marlene Enright & Jack O'Rourke at the Inkwell

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Inkwell Theatre Tracton Arts and Community Centre Minane Bridge Co. Cork
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Date and Time
  • March 29, 8:00pm

We are delighted to welcome Marlene Enright to the Inkwell Theatre stage and Jack O'Rourke who has played already during our Tracton Arts Festival in 2017!

Thursday 29th March at 8pm

Inkwell Theatre, Minane Bridge

Ticket: €20 plus booking fee

Marlene Enright’s solo debut showcases her passions and influences. Written and recorded over a year, the result is a melange of the heavy grooves of RnB, the warmth and nostalgia of great folk songs and the richness of thickly layered harmonies. It is the sound of modern roots music, evolved as it has over decades to something that is unmistakably 21st Century, while still carrying echoes of the past.

The title, Placemats and Second Cuts, a line from the outro of the album's closing song, is fitting for this album offers depth and introspection. Says Enright,

"Hindsight has made me realise that it's a much more self-reflective album than I initially realised. It speaks of self-doubt, dancing the fine line between feeling comfortable in your own skin and feeling totally lost at sea, indecisiveness, the battle between strength and weakness, passion and apathy, belonging and isolation and self-acceptance."

Enright's work has captured the imagination of Irish media over the past 12 months with the release of the album 'Placemats & Seconds Cuts' which has included a prestigious nomination for the RTE Choice music prize 'Irish Album Of The Year' and follows the success of singles ‘123’, ‘Alchemy’, ‘Underbelly’ and ‘When the Water is Hot'. This singer's star steadily rises as Ireland embraces her unfeigned confessional.

“brilliantly played and superbly produced...ambitious, free-flowing alternative pop songs….a seriously accomplished debut album” ****The Irish Times

“Enright’s solo album Placemats And Second Cuts is a rich release...harmonies, organ-lines, spacious arrangements, rolling rhythms and Enright’s voice which carries a magnetic swirl and focus to it.” Nialler 9

“..the lyrical musings of Enright’s debut outing provide a solitary undercurrent that flows right underneath the surface of Placemats and Second Cuts. This is where the real strength of the record lies, in the songwriting and how the production, performances and Enright herself bring all these elements to the fore.” The Last Mixed Tape


Marlene Enright ' Alchemy' Video

Marlene Enright '123' Video

Marlene Enright 'When The Water Is Hot' Video

2016 was a phenomenal year for Jack O’Rourke, with the musician releasing one of the most critically acclaimed debut albums of the year. “Dream Catcher” includes cinematic torch songs, noir folk and Baroque pop creating a singular sound, delivered in a plaintive baritone around the piano. Jack’s debut opus ‘Dream Catcher’ reached No.5 in the Irish Album Charts.

Winning in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition for lyrics for the album’s centerpiece ballad, “Silence”, (performed live on The Late Late Show) judged by industry legends Tom Waits and Bill Withers, Jack's eclectic songs range from the driving euphoric rock of "Naivety" to the Americana of "I'll forget you in the Morning", playlisted on National Radio and chosen for the BBC4's series, "The Great Irish Songbook." O'Rourke continued to sell out shows around the country, from The Everyman Theatre to Whelans. In July, Jack performed "Dreamcatcher" in it's entirity at Cork Opera House with an orchestra.

O’Rourke was featured at RTÉs Other Voices in St James’ Church in Dingle, after headliner Festival slots at Indiependence and Electric Picnic and finished the year live on the RTÉ 1 New Year’s Eve special alongside Mundy, Lisa Lambe and John Sheehan.

In 2017 Jack continued to promote his debut album and he made his first appearance on the Inkwell Theatre stage during the Tracton Arts Festival in July.

Reviews for Dreamcatcher:

"This is a seriously good album from a seriously good songwriter. **** ”
Tony Clayton Lea, The Irish Times

“Musical, coupled with O’Rourke’s expressive, supple voice, this makes for a highly accomplished debut”
Lauren Murphy, The Culture, The Sunday Times

“A powerful Collection”

"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." Don O'Mahony The Examiner (Live Review of Album Launch at Everyman Theatre)

Jack O' Rourke 'On The Download' Video

Jack O' Rourke 'Naivety' video

Jack O' Rourke 'Silence' Live on The Late Late show video


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