Review by Bobby Green

The evolution of the male Irish singer / songwriter has had many incarnations over recent years. For a while I thought the government would have to open up another hospital for all the bleeding hearts out there. But things have changed in recent times and these men have a lot more to say. It’s no longer a two dimensional genre but a serious intent to grab all of your senses and emotions and colour them with a plethora of soundscapes and stories.

Jack O’Rourke’s debut album Dreamcatcher is a perfect example of this. As an artist he has an abundance of stories for you in a multitude of beautiful settings, eloquently told. Dreamcatcher has all of the maturity of a seasoned troubadour, with its touching ballads of youth and love to the swirling emotions sometimes transcending into up-tempo and downright funky beats. Produced by Christian Best (Mick Flannery, O Emperor) Dreamcatcher has a beautifully slick feel to it giving it an overall embracing element on you. The charm and warmth in his vocal is just one of the driving forces that holds the listener captive while you’re falling in love with these encompassing piano based songs.

There’s no doubting the talent that Jack O’Rourke has promised up to this point, he’s already played the main stage at Indiependence, was featured on the new Frank & Walters album alongside Cillian Murphy, and his song “Silence” won the International Song writing Competition Lyrics Category, with judges including Tom Waits and Bill Withers. Other highlights for Jack include performing his Amnesty International endorsed anthem “Silence” on the Late Late Show and appearing as the special guest for the likes of Joan Armatrading, Sinead O’Connor, The Staves and Declan O’Rourke. But to deliver on an album is another story, and Dreamcatcher does exactly that, deliver. It’s a perfect showcase of Jack O’Rourke’s talents announcing him to the world letting us know exactly where he is right now as an artist. I’m really excited about this young mans future because the gap between the promise shown up to point of the release his debut and the quality of Dreamcatcher itself shows the abundance of talent just oozing from this soon to be superstar from Cork.

Dreamcatcher is out September 23rd followed by a tour.

Live Dates:

Oct 15th               Everyman Theatre Cork, Album launch

Oct 21st                Newcastle – Tyne Musical Festival

Nov 3rd                Whelans Dublin

Nov 4th                Hotspot Music Club , Greystones , Wicklow.

Nov 11th              De Barras, Clonakilty

Nov 12th              Dolans Limerick

Nov 17th              Mike The Pies Listowel

Nov 18th              Duncairn Arts Center Belfast