Jason O'Rourke: Irish concertina music, poetry and prose from Belfast, North of Ireland


Traditional Irish music on the Anglo concertina

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Poetry and prose from Belfast

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Discography, compositions and publications

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Music, Poetry, and Prose from Belfast.

Music info

I have been playing Traditional Irish Music on the concertina for over thirty years now. So far I’ve made seven full-length albums, two of which are as a solo artist.

I’m currently recording a solo album of new compositions, due for release in summer 2022. Watch this space!

Early in 2020 I travelled to Siem Reap in Cambodia for a music exchange with local musicians Yaksao. There’s a documentary video here. During the global pandemic I also managed a remote Belfast-Kolkata collaboration, the ‘Belonging’ project, with Bengali singer Deepmoy Das. You can see the video here.

Another collaborative project with Madagán and Indian singer Divya Naik from 2019 is available on Bandcamp.

In December 2014 I received an Artist Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) award from the Arts Council NI to make my most recent solo album, which is called The Northern Concertina. Visit the music page for the latest project news, interviews and reviews, and further info about my recordings

Jason O’Rourke’s music has matured down the years into a fully cohesive and finely-tuned style; each note executed with pin-pricked precision. He stands on his own merits among concertina players in Ireland and elsewhere, and his music finds full maturity on this outstanding set.

John O’Regan, The Living Tradition, December 2015.

The Northern Concertina was funded by an Arts Council of Northern Ireland ACES award. The ‘Belonging‘ project was funded by an ACNI AEP award, and my composition work was funded by an ACNI IERP 1 award.

Travel to Cambodia for the music exchange, Brazil for Festival Internacional da Sanfona, and Tenerife for Festival Internacional Boreal, was funded through ACNI travel awards. The Cambodia project was facilitated by Cambodian Living Arts. Funding for the Madagán/Divya Naik collaborative project in Goa came from a British Council/ACNI Artist’s International Development Fund award, and was facilitated by Banglanatak dot com.

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Writing info

I decided to give myself a birthday present in 2012, and started writing short stories about everyday life in Belfast on my blog. Since then I’ve been publishing short stories for adults and children, and poems. Some of them are available on the web, others are only to be had in print. I’m always interested in collaborating with other writers and artists, and I have a number of such projects on the go. Details can be found on the writing page.

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