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A duet of brilliance, Laura Marling and Johnny Flynn enchanted at Union Transfer

Laura Marling / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Laura Marling | Photo by Elizabeth Mazenko

“I’ve known Johnny since I was 16,” Laura Marling laughed as her tourmate Johnny Flynn picked up the violin to join her onstage. “And we both look exactly the same.”

Saturday night, Union Transfer was host for a delightful evening with these two icons of modern British folk. Joined by emerging UK singer songwriter Marika Hackman, the night was filled with an enchanting performance of raw images and old memories. Continue reading →

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Johnny Flynn plays in Philly for the first time in 3 years

Photo by Elizabeth Mazenko
Photo by Elizabeth Mazenko

“The water sustains me without even trying,” a loving yet subdued crowd sings back to the British new-folk icon Johnny Flynn on Saturday night. “The water can’t drown me, I’m done with my dying.”

For the first time in three years, Flynn passed through Philly playing a sold out crowd packed into North Star Bar. Following a bouncy set by The Melodic, and stripped of his band The Sussex Wit, Flynn got though his first two songs “Lost and Found” and “The Ghost of O’Donahue” before pulling out a small wrinkled piece of paper from his pocket. “I try playing this game with myself,” Flynn explains how he tries to remember the songs on his setlist without looking. “This time I didn’t do so well,” he said as the audience chuckled.

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Photo by Elizabeth Mazenko

The rest of the night was the perfect balance between celebrating his 2013 release Country Mile with newer tunes like “Murmuration” and “The Lady Is Risen,” and boot stomping crowd favorites from A Larum and Been Listening.

Playing “The Water,” Flynn got the crowd’s help on the originally dueted song. Getting to the end of his wrinkled list, the crowd groaned at the announcement of his last song. Glad the packed room didn’t want his set to end, Flynn jumped right into “Tickle Me Pink,” which he allowed the audience to finish by repeating the refrain in an almost chant. “Pray for the people inside your head / for they wont be there when you’re dead.”

Check out the setlist from Saturday’s concert at the North Star after the jump. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Johnny Flynn will play North Star Bar on 1/18

 

Johnny Flynn | photo via Luke Montgomery
Johnny Flynn | photo by Luke Montgomery

U.K. singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn has announced a North American solo tour scheduled for January of next year, bringing him to the North Star Bar on the 18th.  Flynn released his third LP Country Mile in late September.  The record followed up the critically acclaimed 2010 full-length Been Listening, which World Cafe’s David Dye discussed with the musician and actor during a session that year.  Tickets will go on sale this Friday, November 8th and will be available here.  Below, watch Flynn perform “The Lady is Risen” off of the new record at Rough Trade in London during Record Store Day last year.