Deer Shed 26th - 29th July 2024
Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, N Yorks

Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, N Yorks

26th - 29th July 2024

John Francis Flynn

John Francis Flynn

Listening to John Francis Flynn has got me thinking a lot about the Irish folk music tradition. SXSW in Austin usually straddles the St Patricks day weekend. Does the ensuing booze-fest whilst dressed head to toe in green represent the Disney-fication of the day? In Austin at least it is hard to imagine that all those participating are themselves of Irish decent. What do I know? John Francis Flynn certainly has something to say about it.

He clearly takes traditional Irish music and tunage as a starting point, but takes this base in a very different direction. Rather than distilling it down to its simple easy to understand essence for the masses, he reinvents many traditional songs, taking them off in very different directions. Commendable.

(In England of course we do not have such a strong music tradition, for whatever reason, though no doubt one of politics. There is only so much Steeleye Span one can take).

John Francis Flynn makes use of more modern instrumentation, within a traditional cannon, and has turned me into a big fan. The deep rich tones of his voice the glue that ties together these many day trips away from the M1 that is 'traditional Irish music'.

O.J.