Although Father Jack was formed in 2001, there's a wealth of experience within
their ranks, as the band consists wholly of ex members of An Sessiun and The
Motherfolkers. After the demise of these previous incarnations, the boys
decided to get together to continue to play Celtic music but with with a slightly
Father Jack specialise in playing high energy traditional music for the
sheer joy of it. The material includes Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton
styles, as well as anything else which works!
Fronted by Stacey on fiddle and banjo, and John Roberts on vocals, spoons and
inappropriate comments, Joe Waite plays guitar, Greg is on bass, whilst "King
Of The Skins" Paffs performs bodhran and djembe duties, as well as
contributing to occasional backing vocals.
The name Father Jack was chosen due to the astonishing similarities between
the renegade priest from the T.V. series "Father Ted" and Stacey. These
similarities include both looks and prodigious capacity for strong drink, so
it was therefore fitting that the band's first gig was at a beer festival....
Last summer Father Jack toured the west coast of Ireland, ensuring that they
played a gig at a pub in Ennystimon, County Clare, where "Father Ted" was
At Miltown Malbay they played at the world famous Willie Clancy Festival,
performing a series of gigs in East Galway. They've been invited back this
will be performing in Counties Galway, Clare & Kerry this Autumn, after
France for a short tour of Brittany.
Don't miss this lot!