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John Francis Flynn

I Would Not Live Always

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Singer, guitarist, flautist (and practitioner of the double tin whistle), John is also a member of celebrated traditional group Skipper’s Alley and is joi...

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Shirley Collins

Archangel Hill

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another peerless collection of songs chosen by Collins, some from traditional sources but others from favourite writers of hers.
Brighde Chaimbeul

Carry Them With Us

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Chaimbeul on Scottish smallpipes, accompanied by Colin Stetson, creates cinematic and intoxicating soundscapes closer to the analog experimentation of Klaus Sch...
Look Over The Wall, See The Sky
  1. The Zoological Gardens
  2. Mole In The Ground
  3. Willie Crotty
  4. Kitty
  5. The Seasons
  6. Within A Mile Of Dublin
  7. The Lag Song
  8. Dirty Old Town

John Francis Flynn

Look Over The Wall, See The Sky

  • limited indies only green lp in gatefold sleeve

    Released: 10th Nov 2023

  • lp in gatefold sleeve

    Released: 10th Nov 2023

  • cd

    Released: 10th Nov 2023


A record cleaved from the land itself - there's a sense of disturbed soil adorning the droning instrumentation that serves as a backbone on Francis Flynn's insprired trad interpretations John Francis Flynn delicately unpicks these traditional songs and rearranges them with an emotional force that sometimes leaves them unanchored, floating in a surreal space between the past and the present, the analogue and the digital, between love and tragedy.

In his first single, 'Mole In The Ground', a cover of an American anti-establishment folk song recorded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928, John allows the surrealism of the song to take centre stage, opting to speak rather than sing the words. His voice, too, lives beneath the ground of the melody, burrowing its way beneath hypnotic drums, dancing guitars, and sliding violins. By taking away the nursery rhyme-like melody of the song, we focus on our narrators' fantasies and desires, but also on "the weirdness of the song, and its aggressiveness. The last line is: I don't like the railroad man/ the railroad man will kill you when he can/ and he'll drink up your blood like red wine, and I wanted to get to grips with that emotion."