Padraig Jack writes and sings songs on guitar and piano in Gaelic and English. He was born and raised 10 miles off the west coast of Ireland on the Aran islands. Music and words are in his blood as his dad is bilingual songwriter Barry Ronan and he is the nephew on his mothers side of the Irish poet and Aosdána member Mary O’Malley. His music is influenced by his surroundings as much as it is by James Taylor, Van Morrison, Shane McGowan and The Eagles. Padraig Jack has appeared on RTE 1 Television, TG4, RTE Radio 1, Newstalk as well as many Irish and BBC regional radio stations. His Gaelic language songs are played almost daily on the national Irish language radio station RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta.
Padraig’s live shows are reinforcing his reputation as a singer and songwriter of substance in both English and Irish. Career highlights to date include multiple tours with Sharon Shannon playing venues such as Whelans in Dublin, the Liverpool Philharmonic Theatre, Poole Lighthouse theatre and the famous Cecil Sharp House in London. 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 played his latest sold-out headline show in the Crane Bar in Galway 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 his song ‘Minnie’ was shortlisted for the final of 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.
Rugadh agus tógadh an ceoltóir dátheangach Padraig Jack in Árainn agus tá ceol Padraig faoi tionchar ag an dtimpeallacht in Árainn agus amhránaí dá leithéid James Taylor, Van Morrison, Shane McGowan agus The Eagles. Tá ceol agus filíocht ina fhuil aige, is é ceoltóir agus amhranaí Barry Ronan a athair agus ba í an file Mary O Malley a aintín. Fuair ceol Padraig go leor craoladh ar na stáisiúin ceol náisiúnta cosiúl le RTÉ Raidió 1, Raidió na Life, Raidió Fáilte agus tá a gcuid ceol le cloisteáil ar Raidió na Gaeltachta go minic.
Cuireann Padraig ceolchoirm den scoth i láthair i mBéarla agus/nó Gaeilge. Ba iad cuid de na buaicpóintí dó go dtí seo ná camchuairt sa Breatain in éineacht le Sharon Shannon ag tabhairt cuairt ar amharchlainn ar nós an Liverpool Philharmonic agus Cecil Sharp House i Londain chomh maith leis an seomra mór i tigh Whelan i mBaile Áth Cliath. Chas Padraig ag imeachtaí in eineacht leis na Saw Doctors, Donal Lunny, Mick Flannery, The 4 of Us agus John Spillane agus ag féilte ar nós an Puball Gaeilge ag Electric Picnic, féile SOMA, féile Éigse Dara Beag agus Féilte Ealaín an Sciobairín, Port Omna, Litríocht Caisleán an Bharraigh agus Club Leabhar Cois Farraige.
Bhuaigh Padraig an dara duais ag an comórtas Pan Ceilteach leis a amhrán ‘I bhFostú sa bhFiántas’, bhí sé ainmnithe leis an duais amhrán Christy Hennessy i 2019 leis a amhran Béarla ‘Minnie’ agus is iomaí uair a bhí sé ainmnithe le gradaim NÓS, Amhrán agus Ceoltóir na Bhliaina san áireamh. Tar éis tréimhse maith ag taifeadadh amhrán i mBéarla agus Gaeilge leis a chéad albam i Londain, seolfar Padraig an albam san earrach 2020.