RTE Television

Jack Lukeman - The 27 Club

Jack Lukeman performs songs from his new album, The 27 Club.

Few musicians set out to become legends, even fewer succeed.
Yet by any standard musicians like Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain are legendary. Each left behind a lasting musical legacy, with songs that freeze forever a moment in time, speak for a generation, or simply give voice to the grief and grace of the human heart.

In so many ways these performers are nothing like each other. One is fabled for her throaty, gutsy singing style; another for his electrifying guitar riffs; a third for his rebellious, sensual stage presence. Some of these musicians sang the blues, some loved jazz, still others graced the pop, R&B, or alt charts.

Yet, as diverse as their lives and musical gifts were, every one of these performers shared the same final act: Each died when they were only 27 years old.

For some, the torments and triumphs of a short life were played out over Tumblr and Twitter, others died in obscurity, their star rising only after death. What few will argue is that no matter when they lived, how they died, or how diverse they were from each other, every one of these artists now share a common heritage: Each of them is, without a doubt, legendary.

The work of Iconic artists such as Janis Joplin, The Doors, Robert Johnson, the Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Echo & the Bunnymen, Jimi Hendrix & Nirvana are interpreted by the Irish multi-platinum selling vocalist Jack Lukeman in his spellbinding new show "The 27 Club".

Cobain and Hendrix biographer Charles R. Cross writes "The number of musicians who died at 27 is truly remarkable by any standard. [Although] humans die regularly at all ages, there is a statistical spike for musicians who die at 27."

Jack Lukeman interweaves their legacy not through a vale of tears but in a rip roaring musical celebration of life itself. "27 Club" is a dramatic & unforgettable explosion of song combining Jack's own legendary live performance band along with interactive audio/visuals.

Jack Lukeman - The 27 Club
  • RTÉ One, Saturday, 11.35pm