CASTLEBAR GIG Mick Flannery will perform in the Linenhall on September 11.
Mick Flannery is returning to the Linenhall next month, this time accompanied by two of prestigious musicians Jeffrey Martin and Anna Tivel, both from Oregon on the US west coast.
Award-winning, double-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Mick Flannery hails from Cork. He began to write songs as a teenager in his home of Blarney, citing musical influences like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits. These giants seeped into his creative DNA as he learned and honed the craft. 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 major label and released his debut album.
Jeffrey Martin writes music that probes the depths of the human experience and doesn’t shy away from its darkest corners. His songs can feel like short stories from literary giants like Steinbeck, Burroughs or Cormac McCarthy and possess a raw intensity that comes from seeing his subjects up close. All the struggle, hurt, strife, and heartbreak that comes from living in this world are laid bare and unvarnished, yet somehow, Martin manages to mine and make space for what beauty remains.
Oregon-based songwriter Anna Tivel’s newest album ‘Outsiders’ starts with a lens so wide we’ve left the planet to look back from a great distance at the turmoil and beauty of our shared humanity. From there the lens pulls close and unfolds in a gripping collection of stories so often ignored. Tivel’s flawed and honest characters move through a landscape of hurt and loss, of small triumph and big love. In eleven songs full of recognition, veracity, and hope, Tivel’s watchful and empathetic eye details the undeniable ache of living.
The Linenhall show offers music lovers the chance to see these three fine artists collaborate, with Mick Flannery still riding high from the success of this sixth studio album, released in 2019.
Mick Flannery, Jeffrey Martin and Anna Tivel will play in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, on Sunday, September 11 at 8pm. For tickets, see www.thelinenhall.com or call 094 902 3733.