Hailing from Cork, Ireland John Blek is an Irish troubadour in the truest sense of the word. Dedicating himself to his craft and the development of his own new tradition whilst always endeavouring to remain true to those who have gone before him.
A prolific songwriter and touring artist, Blek likes to keep himself busy both in the studio and on the road. He has released 7 solo albums and tours relentlessly across Ireland, UK, Belgium, Netherland, Germany and Denmark.
His song 'Salt in the Water' was nominated for “International Folk Song of the Year” at Folk Alliance International 2018 Awards and his 2019 record Thistle & Thorn reached number 1 in the Independent Irish album charts.
“I am hugely enamoured with John Blek’s songwriting” - Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster.
“A lovely sounding thing” - Roody Hart, BBC Radio Scotland.
“A force of nature” - The Irish Times.
“What an amazing voice” - Sue Merchant, BBC Radio Cambridge.
“Powerful stuff” - Kathleen McInnes, BBC Radio Scotland.
“A master of subtlety in the realms of folk informed pop” - The Thin Air
“A songwriter at the peak of his powers” - Tony Clayton Lea, The Irish Times.