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John Francis Flynn – I Would Not Live Always (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

John Francis Flynn – I Would Not Live Always (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:04 minutes | 443 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © River Lea Recordings

Singer, guitarist, flautist (and practitioner of the double tin whistle), John is also a member of celebrated traditional group Skipper’s Alley and is joined here by bandmate Ultan O’Brien (also of Slow Moving Clouds). Also contributing to the record are singer Consuelo Breschi of the duo Varo, sean nós singer Saileog Ní Ceannabháin, Phil Christie (O Emperor / The Bonk) on keyboards, and drummer & composer Ross Chaney who created many of the Tascam tape-loop drones that bind the album together. The record was produced, engineered and mixed by Brendan Jenkinson (Villagers / Cloud Castle Lake) who also joins in on a host of instruments for the record. It was recorded and mixed at Oxford Lane and Sonic Studios, Dublin.

The material John Francis Flynn has chosen to record includes songs learned from recordings of Shirley Collins, Frank Harte and settled Traveller Paddy Quilligan, two songs written by activist and folk revivalist Ewan MacColl, and a West Indies halyard shanty published by “Last Working Shantyman” Stan Hugill, alongside in-studio improvisations and tunes picked up by John along the way.


1. John Francis Flynn – Lovely Joan
2. John Francis Flynn – Cannily, Cannily
3. John Francis Flynn – My Son Tim
4. John Francis Flynn – Tralee Gaol
5. John Francis Flynn – Shallow Brown
6. John Francis Flynn – Chaney’s Tape Dream
7. John Francis Flynn – Bring Me Home, pt. i: The Dear Irish Boy
8. John Francis Flynn – Bring Me Home, pt. ii: I Would Not Live Always
9. John Francis Flynn – Bring Me Home, pt. iii: An Buachailín Bán
10. John Francis Flynn – Come My Little Son


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