Born and raised on a Gaelic speaking island of 800 people 10 miles off the west coast of Ireland, bilingual artist Padraig Jack retired from playing music at age 9 before picking it up again in his early 20s.
In the meantime he grew up and observed life developing a passion for finding various levels of intrigue in the seemingly mundane - a characteristic which he would later explore through his songwriting. While his music is strongly influenced by his musical family, if Padraig Jack’s West-of-Ireland, Celtic, Adult Contemporary music style was a fine wine, James Taylor would oversee the production, the bottle would be constructed by Paul Brady and the glass designed by Don Henley. It would be best served in a room with Crowded House playing in the background.
On stage, Padraig Jack likes to twist logic for fun in between songs. If he wasn’t a musician or a computer scientist he’d be a comedian…he thinks, this is because he wants to make you laugh and relax so as to open up to be moved by his music.
Having set up and run a successful music showcase night in Galway called The Rosewood Sessions and regularly attending Open Mics, Padraig Jack has prioritized crafting songs over grafting for a career that he wasn’t yet ready for. Now having learned his trade and with support slots for Donal Lunny, The 4 of Us and John Spillane under his belt, he has released his debut single in English and Irish with much success getting radio play on RTE Radio 1 with John Creedon, Fiachna O Braonain and Cathal Murray as well as on RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta, BBC and Raidió na Life. Padraig also made his national TV debut in 2017 appearing on the Róisín show on TG4. He hopes to bring his music to a much wider audience in 2017 with more releases coming soon.