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I Would Not Live Always
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John Francis Flynn
River Lea Recordings
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Release Date
July 30, 2021

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.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Lovely Joan 3:56 Buy

    Lovely Joan

  2. 2 Cannily, Cannily 5:44 Buy

    Cannily, Cannily

  3. 3 My Son Tim 2:41 Buy

    My Son Tim

  4. 4 Tralee Gaol 2:53 Buy

    Tralee Gaol

  5. 5 Shallow Brown 7:56 Buy

    Shallow Brown

  6. 6 Chaney's Tape Dream 2:05 Buy

    Chaney's Tape Dream

  7. 7 Bring Me Home, pt. i: The Dear Irish Boy 3:12 Buy

    Bring Me Home, pt. i: The Dear Irish Boy

  8. 8 Bring Me Home, pt. ii: I Would Not Live Always 4:10 Buy

    Bring Me Home, pt. ii: I Would Not Live Always

  9. 9 Bring Me Home, pt. iii: An Buachailín Bán 4:08 Buy

    Bring Me Home, pt. iii: An Buachailín Bán

  10. 10 Come My Little Son 7:19 Buy

    Come My Little Son

John Francis Flynn

John Francis Flynn

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