2016 was a phenomenal year for Jack O’Rourke, with the musician releasing one of the most critically acclaimed debut albums of the year. “Dreamcatcher” 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 ‘Dreamcatcher’ reached No.5 in the Irish Album Charts - just one below Drake!
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 dark 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. Recently, Jack performed "Dreamcatcher" in it's entirety at Cork Opera House with an orchestra. O'Rourke sang tracks from his album throughout the year on live sessions, interviewed about his unique songs on Live with Seán O'Rourke (RTE), Pantisocracy(RTE), Arena with Seán Rocks (RTE), The Tracey Clifford Show (2FM) and Paul McCloone Show (Today FM)
O’Rourke was featured at RTÉs Other Voices in St James’ Church in Dingle, after headliner Festival slots at Indiependence, Electric Picnic and Crunniú and finished the year live on the RTÉ 1's televised New Year’s Eve special alongside Mundy, Lisa Lambe and John Sheehan.
2017 sees Jack O’Rourke setting out his stall with collaborations with Cohen collaborator Hattie Webb (The Webb Sisters), as well as critically acclaimed electronica duo, FreezerRoom for a future opus and he looks forward to heading into Festival Season with his band, playing Electric Picnic, Indie, Groove, Sea Sessions etc. while continuing to write the next chapter of his musical journey.
“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)