He’s one of the biggest names to emerge from the Irish music scene and this week sees a welcome return.
Jack Lukeman (aka Jack L) honed his skill on the bohemian busking circuit across Europe and built up an Irish following in 1995 during a residency at The Da Club in Dublin, playing mostly Jacques Brel numbers with a couple of Jack originals as The Black Romantics album Wax was later released.
Jack followed up with solo offering Metropolis Blue, which went platinum here. It led to more albums as his voice reached out and pulled in fans from around the globe.
It’s a voice that’s attracted attention from the likes of Nick Cave and Patrick McCabe, with whom he’s appeared with in a series of performances mixing spoken word, poetry readings and song.
In 2011 he took to the airwaves with a 26-part series on Lyric and Radio 1 called High Fidelity, the history of song.
This Thursday he brings his latest passion to the Set Theatre, a focus on the 27 Club, the nickname on the group of musicians who’ve all died at age 27. The list includes Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain.