Irish Indie newcomer Jack Devlin released his debut single ‘Lies’ on March 16th 2022. Jack Devlin has been an unstoppable feature in Northern Ireland during the pandemic – playing gigs when the venues will have him and taking to the streets when the doors have been closed. With venues being closed he has travelled with a guitar busking on the streets of Ireland, writing constantly and using initiative to win over friends.
In the summer of 2020, he realised that a caravan battery could power up a busking session and so he was active with musician friends in Sligo, Galway, Westport, Dublin and Galway.
The income was healthy and the surge in social media supporters was proof that the effort was worth it.
Before COVID Jack has supported the likes of David Keenan and Hermitage Green. All of this has been building towards his first release, the track ‘Lies’. Recorded at home in rural Ireland this song contrasts from its birthplace, a three-minute powerhouse with a sound that aims for bigger places. For fans of Sam Fender, Cold War Kids and Jeff Buckley. One of the many songs he’s crafted at home during the pandemic.
Jack comes from Hilltown, by the Mourne Mountains. He was learning guitar at school and was also embarked on a mountain bike adventure, excelling on a competitive level.
In 2018 he was the Ulster Elite Enduro Champion. He rode in Italy and Austria and following a flight mishap at Whistler, British Columbia, he took to busking between rides to raise the extra cash for the journey home. This music/mountain bike connection was celebrated in a video, Busk to Ride (2017). His other legacy from bike riding is a broken pelvis and a fractured wrist. “I’ve got plates in all sorts of places.”
Music claims his energies now. He has over 100 songs recorded in various states of readiness. All to be revealed in the coming months. “The song is always the foundation of where I judge my success,” he reckons.
Watch the video for ‘Lies’ – BELOW: