Singer and guitarist, Jack Badcock is a hugely experienced performer, having toured extensively around the world, in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, predominantly as frontman and founding member of his multi-award winning, internationally renowned world-folk band 'Dallahan'. He has also performed or recorded with Rura, Siobhan Miller, Dougie MacLean and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra among many others and was a finalist in the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award.
Raised in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland and later Yorkshire, England, splitting his first eighteen years between the two, before moving to Scotland as a teenager, immersing himself in it’s traditional music scene, where he has lived since 2011, Jack feels no more tied to any one of his three home countries than the next. At aged eighteen, in Edinburgh, he formed a partnership with multi-instrumentalist Ciaran Ryan, initially cutting their teeth playing traditional music on the pub gig circuit there, before going on to tour the UK, Germany and Denmark. The duo would go on to form Dallahan in 2013, which rapidly became one of Scotland's busiest international folk bands. To date they have recorded three albums with numerous tours in the UK, USA/Canada and all over Europe, and even Kathmandu, representing Britain at the Nepalese bicentenary celebrations.
In recent years, between time away on the road, he has focused his time at home in Glasgow on writing his own material and now draws on his performance experience to deliver a solo show of original songs, interpretations of traditional songs, and poetry set to his own music. This material reveals his craft of thoughtful lyrics that explore human history, cosmology, personal experiences and questions about our world all delivered with a musical sensitivity clearly influenced by American folk, funk and soul music as much as traditional music from Britain and Ireland.
In 2021, Jack released his debut EP, The Driftwood Project. Funded by Creative Scotland, the EP was drip-released throughout the year and showcased a plethora of musical influences and outlooks, featuring a large lineup of some of Scotland's most accomplished instrumentalists from the jazz, classical and folk worlds. It was nominated for Original Work of the Year (Sponsored by PRS) at the BBC Scots Trad Music Awards 2021. He followed this up with the prestigious New Voices commission at Celtic Connections 2022 - writing, arranging and performing a show of all-new original material with a 6-piece band.
"Badcock knows how to make an impact with his clear articulation, melodious phrasing and astute way of relating a narrative" . The Herald