‘Jack Pack’s’ Martin back home for one night only

Derry man and one quarter of Simon Cowell band 'Jack Pack', Martin McCafferty, will perform a live concert with the rest of the group in Cafe Vaudeville in Belfast on Sunday.
Derry man and one quarter of Simon Cowell band 'Jack Pack', Martin McCafferty, will perform a live concert with the rest of the group in Cafe Vaudeville in Belfast on Sunday.

Derry singer and one quarter of ‘Jack Pack,’ Martin McCafferty, will perform in the Northern Ireland for the first time with the rest of the band when they take to the stage in Cafe Vaudeville in Belfast on Sunday.

Thirty three year-old Martin is from Kingsfort Park and is a former pupil at St. Brigid’s College and St. Columb’s College.

Martin joined Simon Cowell’s ‘Jack Pack’ last summer and has spent the last 12 months recording the group’s debut album, shooting music videos in Ukraine and singing at concerts such as Proms in the Park in London’s Hyde Park.

“It’s been an amazing 12 months,” Martin told the ‘Journal’ this week. “It’s been a dream come true and I am really looking forward to bringing the rest of the boys back to Belfast for the concert in Cafe Vaudeville.”

Martin has been singing and performing for over 20 years. Even when he was working full-time for a car magazine in Belfast he would have spent many nights performing hits by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in places like Cafe Vaudeville.

“I can’t wait to go back and perform in Cafe Vaudeville,” said Martin. “I spent so many nights there singing in the past - it’s going to be amazing to go back with the rest of ‘Jack Pack’ - we are really looking forward to it.”

Music and singing was always something Martin was familiar with growing up. Martin’s mother, Eithne and his three older sisters all sang in the local Colmcille Choir.

Martin’s father, Michael, was also a regular performer in Derry and would have played alongside many of the show bands.

A stalwart of the Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, Martin also featured as a regular extra in the first four seasons of HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’.

“It’s amazing waking up every morning knowing that I am doing something that I absolutely love,” he declared.

“I was about to throw in the towel and give up on a career in music and become a teacher when I got the break to join ‘Jack Pack’ - I am very lucky to be doing what I am doing,” he insisted.

The other three members of ‘Jack Pack’ are Alfie Palmer, Andrew Bourn and Sean Ryder Wolf.

“Martin has told us so much about Northern Ireland that we can’t wait to come over to perform. I think he is going to give us a bit of a tour too,” said Alfie.

“We have a few other things on at the same time but you never know, we might be able to make time to come and see a bit of Derry too,” he added.

‘Jack Pack’ will perform in Cafe Vaudeville in Belfast on Sunday September 27. Tickets are available to buy from Ticketmaster and cost £15.

For more information visit www.jackpackofficial.com