Jack is from Lissycasey in west Clare, an area steeped in traditional music. Jack began taking piano lessons at the age of ten or eleven but turned his attention to the concertina when offered lessons in Ennis by his uncle Noel Hill. Jack enjoyed great success for many years as a member of the Barefield céilí bands and groups taught by fiddle player Denis Liddy, winning All-Ireland titles in 2002 and 2003.
Inspired by people such as Charlie Lennon and Brian McGrath, Jack decided to return to the piano yet again some years later, learning from a variety of recordings of excellent piano players from John McKenna’s days through to present day piano players such as Geraldine Cotter, Seamus Quinn and Donald Shaw.
Jack has travelled extensively as a musician, performing in Spain, Holland, Italy, France, the UK, Germany, the Isle of Man, Bulgaria, Finland, the US and Australia. Jack has also taught at numerous workshops all over the country such as the Willie Clancy Summer School, The Éigse Mrs. Crotty festival and the Corofin Traditional festival to name a few.
Jack is currently in third year of a Music and Irish degree in University College Cork and spends much of his time playing and teaching music in the Rebel County.