The Piano Series with Paddy Dennehy & Jack O’Rourke

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Updated: January 14th, 2018

The Piano Series

with Paddy Dennehy & Jack O’Rourke


Lime Tree Theatre | Sat, Feb 17th | 8pm | €24.50


Two of Ireland’s up and coming musical artists perform an intimate double headliner show.

We are delighted to announce that Paddy Dennehy and Jack O’Rourke are to perform together for the first time at Lime Tree Theatre. Paddy Dennehy draws from a variety of influences that blend together to form an unforgettable live performance. Jack O’Rourke’s plaintive baritone, ethereal falsetto, and piano are core to his craft. The songs of both artists are imbued with a magical, poetic air and inventive arrangements. Don’t miss this, music lovers!

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The past 18 months have been more than outstanding for Paddy Dennehy & The Red Herring. A personal invitation from Glen Hansard to perform with him in the Everyman Theatre in Cork, two wonderful performances at Electric Picnic and the release of their debut EP, “Once Upon A Night” has seen them touted as “ones to watch” for 2016. The group appeared on the Late Late Show earlier this year where they performed their single “Hard Times” and dominated the Irish festival scene where they were selected to play at both YouBloom Festival and Hard Working Class Heroes.

“I was just f**king knocked out.”Glen Hansard

“Hearing Paddy Dennehy for the first time, I was almost knocked out of my boots. A powerhouse voice and classic songwriter in every sense of the word.”Ciaran Lavery

The figure of Jack O’Rourke hunched over piano keys is something to behold. His wide ranging voice, somewhere between velvet baritone and ethereal falsetto and the unique craft of his songwriting makes him one of Ireland’s most compelling artists.
Jack’s critically acclaimed debut album, “Dreamcatcher” reached no. 5 on The Irish Album Charts. Compared to The National, Rufus Wainwright, David Bowie and Kate Bush, Jack’s songs are strikingly honest and individual. Reviewing his sold out album launch at The Everyman Theatre and Whelans, Don O Mahony writes in The Examiner, “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.”
In the past year, “Dreamcatcher’s” success led to his songs “Naivety”, “Shining for You” and “On the Downlow” being playlisted on RTE Radio 1, BBC and Today FM. Jack’s composition, “Silence” was the anthem for the Marriage Equality Referendum and it won an International Songwriting Award judged by Tom Waits, Lorde and Bill Withers, which he performed on a coveted slot on The Late Late Show.
After playing the main festival circuit – Other Voices, Electric Picnic, Groove, Sea Sessions and Indiependence, Jack performed his entire album at Cork Opera House to a sold out Cork Opera House. He collaborated with Leonard Cohen muse Hattie Webb, Marlene Enright, electro pioneers Kormac and freezerRoom and looks forward to releasing the songs/pieces. Over Christmas 2017, Jack was featured on RTE Documentaries, “The Art of Songwriting”, a special South Wind Blows with Philip King and “Life after Loss” which he underscored.
Jack is currently writing his successor to Dreamcatcher with a single release in March. He has Limerick roots (His father hails from Bohemore near Ballyneety) and he is psyched to play The Lime Tree with Paddy Dennehy.
“Jack O’ Rourke’s music has a grace and a glory to it that will stop you in your tracks’ Fiachna O’ Braonáin, RTE Radio 1
“Silence is a masterpiece”, Cerys Matthews, BBC
“This is a seriously good album from a seriously good songwriter. **** ” Tony Clayton Lea, The Irish Times
“A powerful Collection”  Hotpress
“The songs coast between the highs and lows and float along everything in between. And isn’t that what life is all about.” Danny Kilmartin, Golden Plec
“See the bombastic joie de vivre of the baroque-pop masterpiece ‘Naivety’. 9/10”, Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape
“Jack is commanding on “I’ll forget you in the Morning” which employs piano balladry and orchestral flourishes”, Nialler 9
“O’Rourke has produced a remarkably introspective compilation here.”  Pure M
” Cork singer with oodles of soul, blues and jazz, all wrapped up with a striking modern pop bow” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times

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