Jason plays traditional Irish music on the concertina. His style is characterised as being intensely rhythmic, pulsing with energy, the intricate melodies punctuated by driving chords and double-octave playing. Slower tunes are measured and sparsely-ornamented, allowing the music to breathe.
The new album, The Northern Concertina, which was funded by an Arts Council Northern Ireland ACES award, is the sixth of Jason's 30-year career.
"Jason O’Rourke’s music has matured down the years into a fully cohesive and finely-tuned style; each note executed with pin- pricked precision. He stands on his own merits among concertina players in Ireland and elsewhere, and his music finds full maturity on this outstanding set."
John O'Regan in 'The Living Tradition.'