Padraig Jack

Releases new single ‘Atone’ on 1 March

Padraig Jack releases new single ‘Atone’ on 1st March, the second single to be taken from his upcoming sophomore album. ‘Atone’ is Padraig Jack’s first release featuring original member of The Waterboys and current Saw Doctor, Anthony Thistlethwaite. The song features Jack’s typically thought-provoking lyrics which emphasise the importance of listening to other people’s point of view especially those you disagree with, while the tune is highlighted with a catchy sax riff.

Padraig and Anthony first met when Padraig opened for The Saw Doctors in 2018 and have been working together on Padraig’s new album since summer 2023. Padraig explains, ‘I grew up listening to The Waterboys and The Saw Doctors. There’s even something of a family connection as my dad was involved in bringing The Waterboys to Aran in 1988. It’s an honour to be working with Anthony on my album.’

Padraig Jack (O Flaithearta) 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 Inis Mór 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.

Jack’s songwriting heroes include James Taylor, Enya, Van Morrison, Shane McGowan, Sinead O’Connor, and Richard Thompson. He seeks to develop his own songwriting style in the Irish language also. With plaudits from industry legends like Mike Scott, Sharon Shannon and Miles Hunt, and laudatory reviews from the likes of Hot Press, Padraig Jack has already made his mark on the Irish music scene.

Padraig kicked off 2024 with a run of shows with Miles Hunt in the UK before playing a sold-out show at Dublin TradFest in the Pepper Canister Church and a tour of Wales with Welsh language artist Meinir Gwilym. His current tour takes in dates in England and all over Ireland, including a Paddy’s Day gig at Kilkenny TradFest with a full band featuring Anto Thistlethwaite.

Wed. 6 March    MTU Gallery, Cork w. Greenshine. Seachtain na Gaeilge     Show 1.00pm / Free show

Fri. 8 March       Butter Market, Kenmare w. Greenshine.                           Show 8.00pm / Tickets €26.50

Fri. 15 March     Joe Wattys, Árainn for Seachtain na Gaeilge                     Show 8.00pm / Free show

Sun. 17 March   Parade Stage, TradFest, Kilkenny – Full Band *                   Show 3.00pm / Free Show

Sat. 23 March    Town Hall, Gort – Trio *                                                  Show 8.00pm /Tickets €20

Sun. 24 March   Coughlans, Cork w. David Hope, SAL                                 Show 7.30pm / Tickets €15

Fri. 29 March     Coynes Unplugged, Cill Chiaran Conamara                         Show 8.00pm / Tickets €20

*Anto Thistlethwaite