Lansdowne Folk Club presents two generations of musicians with singer/songwriter John Flynn and his family members Sarah Flynn and Sean Flynn on Thursday May 14 at the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA.
Doors open at 7:00 PM and show begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $17 when purchased in advance online or with an advanced phone reservation and $20 without an advance reservation. Freshly prepared dinner and desserts will be available for an additional cost. Cash only accepted.
Few people who knew John Flynn as a boy would have predicted the path his life would take. A self-professed “straight arrow,” as a senior at Ridley High in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the former altar boy who once strummed a New Year’s Day banjo in the world famous Mummers Parade was named president of the National Honor Society and Scholar Athlete of the Year while receiving two congressional nominations to the United States Naval Academy. John was making plans to play lacrosse for Navy when he found out he would not be able to take his guitar with him to Annapolis. Although music had always been an important part of John’s life, he was surprised to realize how much he had come to rely on his beloved Guild twelve string. The thought of leaving it behind, even for a few months, caused him to begin to admit to himself that he had other dreams. John abruptly changed course and began writing songs in earnest. He put himself through Temple University playing in bar bands. Though his degree was in political science, he abandoned the idea of studying law when he was offered a staff songwriting position at Combine Music in Nashville, following Billy Swan’s Top 40 country recording of John’s song, “Rainbows and Butterflies.”
It was Swan who first introduced John to Kris Kristofferson. Since then Kris has written liner notes for John, sung on three of Flynn’s CDs, and even recited the lyrics to John’s song, “Without You with Me,” at Stephen Bruton’s funeral.
Today, John’s shows draw from a significant body of work, ranging from his early country offerings to story songs, love songs, songs for kids, funny songs, songs of social justice, and meditations on loss, tolerance, faith and hope. The 55 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 Willie Nelson and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott on the historic City of New Orleans Train Tour following Hurricane Katrina.
“Every song I write always feels like my first,” says Flynn of the trade he’s practiced for more than three decades. “I guess that’s why I love it so much. It’s almost like that Buddhist concept of the beginner’s mind. Each song challenges you to seek and see new possibilities. After all these years, I feel like I’m just getting warmed up.”
Among the recognitions John has received for his work are the Dominican’s Shining Star Award, The Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Award, Pacem in Terris’s Peacemaker Among Us Award, and the American Library Association’s Notable Recording Award. John was also honored for his contribution to the anti-bullying project, “All About Bullies, Big and Small,” which won a Grammy as Best Children’s Album of 2012.
John resides in the Brandywine area of Northern Delaware with his family and his running partner, Chief, the world’s most exuberant Frisbee-catching German Shepherd. Learn more about John at his website http://johnflynn.net.
The Lansdowne Folk Club, founded in 1993, is a 501(c) (3) all volunteer non-profit corporation dedicated to presenting folk, acoustic and blues music. Friend the club on Facebook Lansdowne Folk Club.
Other upcoming concerts include Geoff Muldaur on September 24, Christian Lopez Band on October 22, Brother Sun (sponsored by Fortissimo) on November 19 and Christine Lavin and Don White (sponsored by Fortissimo) on December 3.*
Celebrating 20 Years of Folk Music!
84 South Lansdowne Ave.
Lansdowne, PA 19050
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The Lansdowne Folk Club, founded in 1993, is a 501(c) (3) all volunteer non-profit corporation dedicated to presenting folk, acoustic and blues music.