Jack Devlin has been an unstoppable feature in Northern Ireland – playing gigs when the venues will have him, busking on the streets of Ireland and writing constantly.
In the summer of 2020 he realised that a caravan battery could power up a busking session and so he was active with musician friends in Sligo, Galway, Westport, Dublin and Galway.
The income was healthy and the surge in social media supporters was proof that the effort was worth it.
Jack comes from Hilltown, by the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland. He was learning guitar at school and was also embarked on a mountain bike adventure, excelling on a competitive level.
In 2018 he was the Ulster Elite Enduro Champion. He rode in Italy and Austria and following a flight mishap at Whistler, British Columbia, he took to busking between rides to raise the extra cash for the journey home. This music/mountain bike connection was celebrated in a video, Busk to Ride (2017). His other legacy from bike riding is a broken pelvis and a fractured wrist. “I’ve got plates in all sorts of places.”
Music claims his energies now. He has over 100 songs recorded in various states of readiness and has been garnering some significant industry attention as of recent times. All to be revealed in the coming months.
“The song is always the foundation of where I judge my success,” he reckons.