- 15 Jun 21
For those feeling nostalgic for the inside of their local.
Acclaimed Irish singer Jack O'Rourke has released a new piano ballad, 'Opera on the Top Floor', along with an illustrated music video to accompany the track.
The song was inspired by Michael O'Connor, the former owner of the iconic Listowel bar Mike The Pies.
"Just before lockdown, I was playing a gig at Mike the Pies in Listowel," Jack explains.
"After the show, Aiden (the current owner) brought me to the top floor of the pub. Michael, his uncle had been the previous owner. Aiden described him as quiet, stoic, creative, artistic.”
“Michael kept stacks of books on classical art and opera vinyls and CDs up there. A hidden sanctuary away from the daily grind."
'Opera On The Top Floor' is the first single from the singer-songwriter's upcoming album, My Own Valhalla, which will be released later this year. The LP title is taken from the track's lyrics, referring to the subject's and Jack's personal time to be free.
“The song is written from the perspective of Michael and what I imagine for him, was a dual reality - a publican by day, and him feeling free in his sanctuary to bask in opera and art at dusk. I certainly can relate to keeping parts of me hidden."
"The line referring to 'my own Valhalla' is relevant, I think for many people. Over the last year, some of us had to create and recreate Valhallas."
Watch the music video below:
Last year, Jack played Hot Press' Y&E Series, delivering a brilliant set, including playing his hit single 'Ivory Towers'. He recently featured on Hot Press' podcast series, Backstage at Mike The Pies.
He was also recently awarded a residency at Centre Culturel Irlandaise, Paris, where he will compose a concept album in 2022.