Padraig Jack

Soul
Aran Islands, County Galway
1127

Padraig Jack plays guitar and piano, and he writes and sings songs in Gaelic and English. He was born and raised on the Aran islands situated 10 miles our into the Atlantic off the west coast of Ireland. His music is influenced by his surroundings as much as it is by James Taylor, Van Morrison, Shane McGowan and The Eagles. Padraig Jack’s music has been played on RTE 1 Television, TG4, RTE Radio 1, Newstalk, Irish and BBC regional radio stations as well as almost daily broadcast on the national Irish language radio station RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta for his Irish language music.

Padraig’s live shows are reinforcing his reputation as a singer and songwriter of substance in both English and Irish. Career highlights include multiple tours of the UK with Sharon Shannon playing venues such as the Liverpool Philharmonic, Poole Lighthouse theatre and Cecil Sharpe House in Camden as well as the famous Whelans downstairs venue. He has thus far opened for The Saw Doctors, Donal Lunny, Mick Flannery, The 4 of Us, John Spillane and has appeared at numerous festivals including Electric Picnic and the SOMA, Shorelines and the Skibbereen Arts Festivals. Padraig sold-out a headline show in the Crane Bar in Galway for the third time in November 2019 while on an Irish tour that featured memorable shows in The Cobblestone Dublin, Coughlans Cork and Bridge St in Castlebar.

Padraig has won second prize at the Pan Celtic National Song contest and was shortlisted for the Christie Hennessy song contest. He has also received numerous Gradaim NÓS Award nominations (incl. Song and Artist of the year). Padraig will release his debut album ‘Making Sand’ on Good Deeds Records in the spring of 2020 which was recorded with producer John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, Brian Eno, Damien Dempsey). The lead single ‘Minnie’ was released in October 2019.

Gaeilge

Rugadh agus tógadh an ceoltóir dátheangach Padraig Jack ar Inis Mór, Árainn, Contae na Gaillimhe. Tá ceol Padraig faoi tionchar ag an dtimpeallacht in Árainn, ceol agus comhairle a athair Barry Ronan agus amhránaí dá leithéid James Taylor, Van Morrison, Paul Brady, Christy Moore agus The Eagles.

Leis a chéad singil “Brú Do Bhealach Féin” a tháinig amach sa mí Deireadh Fómhar 2016, fuair ceol Padraig go leor craoladh ar na stáisiúin ceol náisiúnta cosiúl le RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, RTÉ Raidió 1 le John Creedon, Fiachna Ó Braonain, Cathal Murray agus ar Raidió na Life, Raidió Fáilte agus ar BBC Raidió Uladh. Rinne Padraig a chéad taispeántas beo ar teilifís náisiúnta ar an gclár Róisín ar TG4 i 2017. Taistil Padraig an tír ar a chéad camchuairt náisiúnta agus bhí sé ainmnithe le dhá Gradaim Ceol NÓS a bhí ar bun sa Sugar Club i mBÁC, bhí sé ainmnithe chomh maith leis an gradam cailiúl Pan Ceilteach leis a chéad singil. Leis an dara singil (i bhFostú sa bhFiántas) atá curtha amach aige ó shin tá sé ag fáil soiléar gurb amhránaí agus scríobhneoir den scoth é Padraig Jack i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge.

Le imeachtaí in eineacht leis na Saw Doctors, Donal Lunny, Mick Flannery, The 4 of Us agus John Spillane taobh thiar dhó, tá Padraig ag fáil cleachtadh ar na Féilte ceol san deisceart agus an tuaisceart na hÉireann le imeachtaí sa samhradh 2017 ag an Féile Bluegrass i gCeathar na Mart, an Féile SOMA i gCondae an Dún, Liú Lúnasa n mBéal Feirste agus set sa bPuball Gaeilge ag Electric Picnic. Tá cosiúlacht ann ag Deireadh 2017 go bhfuil an focal ag scaipeadh faoi Padraig Jack le roinnt seó ceannlíne aige sa gClub Áras na nGael i nGaillimh, seó díolta amach i gCaisleán an Bharraigh ag an féile litríocht Wild Atlantic Words agus an gig is mó fós aige a bhí lán go doras sa Crane i nGaillimh.

Tá Padraig ag taifeadadh a chéad EP faoi láthair agus tá sé ainmnithe le cheithre gradaim NÓS 2018 chomh maith; 'Amhrán na Bliana' agus 'Banna/Ceoltóir na Bliana' san áireamh.

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