A cliché has it that you have to beware of the quiet ones because most of the time their voices speak sharper and with more range than the loudmouths. Every cliché, however, has a grain of truth in it, and so it’s fair to say that while County Cork singer-songwriter Mick Flannery is outwardly reserved, his songs are fluent in expressing layered aspects of the human condition; its flaws, triumphs, and general uncertainty. Recorded partly in Ireland with Christian Best and partly in Los Angeles with Australian producer Tony Buchen, the new album features Flannery’s trademark hushed musings, big walls of sound, and sharp, insightful and thought-provoking lyrics.
Mick Flannery is on the brink of releasing not only his new album worldwide but also overseeing the worldwide premiere of the stage musical, Evening Train (so named after his 2007 debut album). He began to write songs as a teenager in his home of Blarney, County Cork. As musical influences from albums by the likes of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, and Tom Waits seeped into his creative DNA, Mick absorbed, learned and honed the craft that would send him on his way into the world. The path was smoothed somewhat when, at the age of 19, he became the first Irish songwriter to win the Nashville-based International Songwriting Competition. By the time he turned 21, he had signed to a label and released his debut album.
PRAISE FOR MICK FLANNERY– MICK FLANNERY
Radio 1 Album of the Week
“Consolidates his position as one of the finest singers in the country”
★★★★– The Irish Times
★★★★– Golden Plec
“Showcasing the immense power of Flannery’s vocal”
★★★★– Sunday Business Post
★★★★– Sunday Times
“Flannery conjures up an exquisite piece of storytelling”
“Most personal album to date from Cork’s finest”
★★★★★– Irish Mirror
“One of the best albums of 2019”