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John Francis Flynn


7:00pm ‐ 10:30pm
The Empire Music Hall
42 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JQ


Moving On Music & Strange Victory are delighted to welcome John Francis Flynn and band to The Empire Music Hall, for their biggest Belfast headline show to date.

John Francis Flynn is an artist firmly at the vanguard of a new Irish music; both rooted in the tradition but also side-stepping a "paddywhackery" that he struggles to stomach. John masterfully unpicks traditional songs and rearranges them with a deep, emotional force. They float in a surreal space between the past and the present, the analog and the digital, between love and tragedy.

While supporting Lankum on their 2019 UK tour he caught the eye of Geoff Travis and Jeanette Lee who quickly signed John to Rough Trade imprint label, River Lea.

John’s debut album ‘I Would Not Live Always’ was released through the label in Spring 2021. Produced by highly regarded producer, Brendan Jenkinson. This release further highlighted the enormous talent hidden away in the corners of Ireland’s folk scene.

His 2023 release, ‘Look Over The Wall, See The Sky’, is an album concerned with imagination, but not only with what John calls, “an imagined Ireland,” but also the re-imagining of traditional Irish music and the hopeful fantasy of an Ireland that could exist ‘over the wall’: powerful, hopeful and free.

"Full of generosity and insight; songs that show us to ourselves in the way perhaps only folk music can." The Quietus

"I Would Not Live Always offers a singular and striking clarity of vision." **** UNCUT

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The Empire Music Hall, 42 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JQ

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