- 04 Dec 20
Irish singer-songwriter Padraig Jack will play a special streamed concert from An Taibhearc Theatre, Galway on Sunday, December 13. Jack, celebrating his recently released debut album Making Sand, will be playing tracks from the album plus a couple of live favourites.
Produced by music industry legend John Reynolds and recorded in London, the album 'Making Sand' comes with singles Minnie, Streetbed Ridden & Making Sand which were excellently reviewed both in the UK and Ireland.
Padraig Jack draws influence from his bilingual upbringing on the Aran Islands in his music. His dad is the songwriter Barry Ronan and he is the nephew of the Irish poet and Aosdána member Mary O’Malley. A native of Inis Mór which has produced writers Liam O Flaithearta, Máirtín Ó Direáin and Breandán Ó hEithir, Padraig is proudly bilingual both as a conversationalist and a songwriter.
Padraig Jack's songwriting heros include James Taylor, Van Morrison, Shane McGowan, Sandy Denny, and Jimmy McCarthy and in a recent Q&A with HotPress he added that he listened a lot to the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac when growing up. He seeks to develop his own songwriting style in the Irish language, as he says, 'For Irish people, and even people outside of Ireland with Irish heritage, the language is something that’s ours. They don't have it anywhere else, so there's pride in that' and takes inspiration from Enya, Kíla, John Spillane and Peadar Ó Riada.
Jack’s lockdown was a lot more productive than most people could claim! He set up his own home music studio as well as negotiating a publishing deal with Beautiful World and Downtown Publishing whose roster includes Ryan Tedder, Joan Baez, Ray Davies and John Prine.
Check out Padraig Jack's HotPress takeover-gig as part of our Young & Emerging series!
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Also check out the video to Streetbed Ridden!