Saturday, June 14, 2014
plus Sarah Flynn
In an era of deep division, John Flynn’s songs call us together as they speak for the wounded, the weary, and the afflicted; for the prisoner, the soldier, and all the forgotten ones who walk unseen in our midst. Fusing the vision of an activist with the unblinking eye of a truth-teller, John Flynn’s music speaks deeply to the heart and the spirit. A wordsmith and poet of rare clarity, he evokes our shared humanity as he addresses the times we live in through songs that resound with awareness, irony, humor and compassion.
The open-heartedness and resonant decency in Flynn’s work have made him a staple of Phil Ochs Song Nights across the country, and brought him the respect and friendship of longtime heroes like Kris Kristofferson and Arlo Guthrie.
The 54-year-old father of four spurned touring when his children were young, but as the kids grew older superlatives began to welcome their dad's arrival to the national folk stage. In 2005, Arlo Guthrie invited John to join musical legends like Willle Nelson and Ramblin' Jack Elliott on the historic "Train to New Orleans" tour following Hurricane Katrina.
John's daughter Sarah Flynn will open the show. Her country-folk songs offer a fresh perspective on hopes, dreams, love, and reality. Her CD "Verging On Truth" balances thoughtful, well-crafted lyrics with subtle, playful melodies and rhythms.
“John Flynn is at the near end of a long line of
American poets, thinkers and folk artists
stretching from Henry David Thoreau,
Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, all
the way up to Kris Kristofferson.”
- Ticket Magazine
“A troubadour of justice, mercy and hope.”
- Sally Millbury Steen, Pacem in Terris
“A perfectly lovely singer-songwriter
with a voice that is all her own, Sarah’s
music is refreshingly original. On stage,
Sarah has the poise, presence and
professional deportment that many of her
elders never seem to learn. She can charm
any audience and will win new fans
at each stop down the road.”
- Michael Braunfeld