Padraig Jack was born into a musical family from the Aran islands. His dad is the songwriter Barry Ronan and he is the nephew of the Irish poet and Aosdána member Mary O’Malley. A native of Aran which has produced writers Liam O Flaithearta, Máirtín Ó Direáin and Breandán Ó hEithir, Padraig is proudly bilingual both as a conversationalist and a songwriter.
A songwriter and composer who writes and sings meaningful songs on guitar and piano in Gaelic and English, his debut album ‘Making Sand’ was named the RTE Radio Album of the Week garnering critical acclaim from Hot Press, Rock’n’Reel magazine (UK) and The Alternate Root (US) and the title track was nominated for ‘Best Original Track’ at the RTE Folk Awards. Padraig is currently recording his second album with renowned producer John Reynolds (Sinead O Connor, Damien Dempsey).
Padraig tours regularly in Ireland and the UK and is currently on a perpetual tour in the UK with Miles Hunt of The Wonder Stuff. Having opened for Damien Dempsey in Vicar St and to a crowd of 4,000 in the Iveagh Gardens last year, Padraig started this year with tours of Wales and the Basque country and playing shows all around Ireland in 2023 including at Doolin Folk Fest and Galway Folk Festival. He returns to his weekly residency show at Joe Wattys in the Aran islands for July and August 2023 as well as playing his biggest headline show in Dublin to date in The Unitarian Church on September 2nd.
Padraig Jack’s recent single ‘It Could Be Home’ was added to the RTE Recommends list for two weeks on its release in April and was the first single of his upcoming second album which will be released in 2024. His latest single ‘What Is Love’ is released in July.
"Magic, there's a deeply romantic core to Making Sand but Padraig Jack is too talented to ever veer into saccharine territory, authenticity is his hallmark" - The Alternate Root Magazine (USA)
"We must get him in for a session after hearing this"- Janice Long (BBC Wales)
“This album will be a lifelong favourite” - Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff)
"A recognizably Irish soul singer" PennyBlackMusic.com
An assured and accomplished foundation on which to build a burgeoning career" Mike Davies (Folking.com)
"Making Sand sounds beautiful" - Mike Scott (The Waterboys)
Picking up where Mic Christopher left off" - TheMacMusic.com
“A fantastic album” - Sharon Shannon
"One of Ireland's most exciting artists" - Hot Press Magazine
Rugadh Padraig Jack O'Flaithearta isteach i clann ceolmhar in Árainn. Mac an amhránaí Barry Ronan agus nia an file Mary O'Malley, tá sé bródúil go mbíonn sé ag scríobh ceol i mBearla agus Gaeilge ar an giotár agus an piano.
Ainmnithe mar albam an seachtain ar RTE Raidió a 1 nuair a thainig sé amach, fuair an t-albam go leor cáil ó Hot Press, Rock'n'Reel magazine, The Alternate Root agus bhí an amhrán Déanamh Gaineamh ainmnithe le gradam 'Amhrán na Bliana' ag na Gradaim Folk RTE i 2022.
Tá Padraig ag taifead a dara albam faoi láthair leis an léiritheoir John Reynolds (Sinead O'Connor, Damien Dempsey) leis an chéad singil as (It Coul Be Home) amuigh i mí Aibréan. Bíonn Padraig ag camchuairt de ghnáth in Éireann agus i Sasanna, tá sé ar camchuairt faoi láthair le Miles Hunt as The Wonder Stuff agus thosaigh sé an bliain le cúpla trip go dtí an Bhreatain Beag agus go dtí Tír na mBascach.