John Blek Shares ‘Empty Pockets’ Ahead of Album Release

October 4, 2019

‘Empty Pockets’ is the first single to come from John Blek’s forthcoming album ‘The Embers’ (Due for release 7th February 2020).

The song reflects on the life of a homeless man who used to visit Blek when he worked in a guitar store in Cork City. A real character around the streets of Cork who would busk to make ends meet. His hobo catch phrase “I am following the sky,” inspired the song and the story of the simple pleasures depicted in ‘Empty Pockets’.

‘The Embers’, due for release on 7th February 2020, is the fifth solo long player from Cork’s John Blek. This time it was recorded in its entirety at Wavefield Recordings, Clonakilty with Brian Casey Producing/Engineering and musical contributions from Mick Flannery, Matthew Berrill (Ensemble Eriu) and Davie Ryan (Notify, Atlantic Arc Orchestra).

John Blek is much loved for his enthralling live show full of humour, pathos and his impassioned musical delivery. A master storyteller and a stunning fingerstyle guitar player. A must see act and a true artist.

‘The Embers’ will see widespread release in Europe and the UK via K&F Records and Hometown Caravan and in Ireland via John’s own imprint We Are Rats Recordings (WARR). Available on digital, CD and gatefold 180gram Vinyl.


17th Oct – Kenny’s, Lahinch
18th Oct – The Cobblestone, Dublin
19th Oct – Cleere’s Theatre, Kilkenny
20th Oct – DeBarra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty
7th Dec – Levis’ Corner House, Ballydehob

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