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Mick Flannery

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Mick Flannery

Mick Flannery Biography

Mick Flannery is an Irish singer and songwriter.Early years Flannery grew up outside Blarney, County Cork. Coming from a family with a keen musical interest, Flannery was introduced to folk and blues music at a young age. .mw-parser-output .templatequote{overflow:hidden;margin:1em 0;padding:0 40px}.mw-parser-output .templatequote .templatequotecite{line-height:1.5em;text-align:left;padding-left:1.6em;margin-top:0}My mother's side were big into music, more than my dad's side. My mother is a singer and she plays the guitar. She recorded an album of her own actually two years ago. And it was her brothers and sisters that kind of got me into music. [...] At those family nights there was a g...
Mick Flannery is an Irish singer and songwriter.

Early years

Flannery grew up outside Blarney, County Cork.

Coming from a family with a keen musical interest, Flannery was introduced to folk and blues music at a young age.

My mother's side were big into music, more than my dad's side. My mother is a singer and she plays the guitar. She recorded an album of her own actually two years ago. And it was her brothers and sisters that kind of got me into music. [...] At those family nights there was a good bit of Tom Waits, a bit of Dylan. Most of the singers would be female, my aunts, and they would sing Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell.

Flannery cites an encounter with the music of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana as a direct influence on his desire to become a musician. Seeing Cobain perform "The Man Who Sold the World" on MTV Unplugged he promptly purchased a copy of MTV Unplugged in New York. He soon bought the album Blonde on Blonde as well. Flannery claims to have written his first song at the age of fifteen. His first completed song was called "Mad Man's Road", a tale of a murder which took place on the road in which he lived. He has been dismissive of his earlier material, referring to it as "tripe".

However, he is keen to express his fondness for stonemasonry and its position alongside his music: "I wasn't going to sit in a room and write songs seven days a week and live on bread and beans. I liked doing stonemasonry as well". He still does it on an occasional basis: "We wouldn’t be carving gravestones or anything. We’d do the fronts of houses, entrance walls, stuff like that".


Evening Train

While undergoing a music and management course at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa in Cork, Flannery commenced writing the album that would become Evening Train, an eleven-track concept album about the exploits of two brothers. His original intention had been to write a musical but this endeavour proved unsuccessful.

Before its release Flannery and a friend who worked alongside him in the stonemasonry business embarked on a three-month trip to the United States, living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Flannery spent his time performing in New York. His sister was present for one of the months and assisted him with organising his performances.

Evening Train was received positively by critics in Ireland and the United States. Reviewers noted its "astute and sophisticated lyrics", its "strong, imaginative melodies", its Tom Waits sound. The RTÉ Guide later said, "His voice was like Tom Waits meets the howling of a grizzled freight train hobo". reviewer Lauren Murphy described it as "an album dripping with maturity, poise and potential" and that "the most astounding thing" was his age of 21 years.

Flannery signed with EMI Records in 2007. That same year he was the subject of a programme called Mytunes, broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on 29 November. He performed on RTÉ Two's Other Voices television programme in 2008. This appearance led to increased interest in Flannery's music in Ireland.

Evening Train Musical

In June 2019, as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival, The Everyman and Rosa Productions presented the world premiere of Evening Train, a new musical inspired by Mick Flannery's acclaimed concept album of the same name. Flannery’s album, written from different character perspectives, suggests the main figures: two divided brothers, Frank and Luther, and a spirited, forlorn young woman, Grace, all dreaming of some form of escape from dusty realities and unpromising futures in a small town of gamblers and strivers. Playwright Rani Sarma developed this theme into a love triangle saddled with questions of debt and fate, where parents are either haunting absences or demanding presences, and a younger generation stews in fragile promises and ruinous addiction. Gambling being a focus of the musical, the game of bluffs and tells, requires working out characters within a strict economy of expression. The cast of Irish actors consisted of Charlie Bonner, Brian Doherty, Deirdre Donnelly, Ger Kelly, Ian Lloyd Anderson, John McCarthy, Kate Stanley Brennan, with a live band accompanying them consisting of Mick himself

White Lies

Flannery's second studio album White Lies was released on 12 September 2008, achieving a top ten position on the Irish Albums Chart and later going platinum in Ireland. On the day of the album's release Flannery performed "Tomorrow's Papers" on The Late Late Show. The song contributed to the increasing popularity of the singer-songwriter.'s Lauren Murphy said: "White Lies may not be a perfect album, but it's certainly a promising step forward for a real talent". RTÉ reviewer Harry Guerin commented: "If you're adamant that Ireland may sink with another singer-songwriter on tour, then this is a record to seek out; you won't notice the time passing and the nation will remain afloat".

Flannery began a tour of Ireland after the release of White Lies. He performed a duet of "Christmas Past" with Lisa Hannigan in December 2008 after Today FM's Tony Fenton paired them together for a radio show broadcast from a rooftop. He joined Hannigan at a show in Vicar Street to perform the same duet that month. "Tomorrow's Paper" was translated into the Irish language for a CD titled Ceol '09, an annual compilation released by Seachtain na Gaeilge. The Irish version was recorded in forty minutes at a studio in Dublin's Merrion Square. Flannery performed a cover version of "The River" on The Ray D'Arcy Show's Discover Ireland Feel Good Tour stopover in Carlingford and Cooley Peninsula in March 2009. A deluxe edition of White Lies, which featured a duet of the song "Christmas Past" with Kate Walsh, was released in 2009.

Flannery's largest headlining performance in Dublin at this stage occurred at Vicar Street on 25 May 2009. He performed alongside John Spillane at Live at the Marquee in Cork on 9 July 2009. Flannery said being asked to perform there was "daunting [...] In many ways I have drifted into this career and still have to pinch myself regularly to make sure I am not imagining it all". He also performed at the Bloom Festival as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of The Rose of Tralee in 2009. He made an appearance on the Crawdaddy Stage at Electric Picnic 2009. On 31 December 2009, he performed a date at the Cork Opera House as part of celebrations marking the end of the decade. He has sold out several other venues around Ireland and has also toured the UK.

Red to Blue

Flannery released his third studio album, Red to Blue, on 30 March 2012. It spent three weeks at number one in the Irish Albums Chart and singles "Gone Forever" and "No Way To Live" enjoyed a lot of airplay. The Red to Blue tour was a major success for Flannery, featuring sold-out shows all over Ireland, most notably the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, one of Flannery's biggest venues to date. The tour finished with two sold-out shows at the Róisín Dubh in Galway

By The Rule

Flannery's fourth album reached number one in the Irish Album Charts. His song Up The Hill was covered by Shawn Colvin and Emmylou Harris. Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen starred in the music video of Mick Flannery's song Cameo.

I Own You

The fifth installment from Mick Flannery was released on 14 October 2016. The album is described as having '50% more social awareness' than his previous album


In 2018 Mick Flannery released a charity single for a women's support agency. All proceeds from the single ‘Rosaleen’ went to the National Women’s Council of Ireland. ‘Rosaleen’ was premiered in May when Flannery performed the track live on RTE Radio One’s ‘Ray D’Arcy Show’. He was accompanied by his Aunt Yvonne for this performance.

Mickmas Volume 1

Mickmas Volume 1 was a four track EP that was Flannery's first independently released album. All songs on this EP were written by Mick Flannery, Except 'I have a darkness' written by Casey Black. All songs recorded and mixed by Christian Best at Monique Studios. 150 copies were made available to purchase online, with the remainder only available at live shows throughout December 2018. A donation from the sale of this EP was made to Pieta House.

Mick Flannery

On July 5, 2019, Mick Flannery's most recent album was released. Mick touches on loose themes of ambition and the search for a meaningful life in the context of a musician’s sometimes feckless and dysfunctional lifestyle. This self titled album was mainly recorded in LA with Australian producer Tony Buchen between July and November 2018. This featured two co-writes with ESCQ of his songs Come Find Me and Fool. This record has debuted at No. 1 on the Irish Charts This made him the first independent Irish artist to reach the top since January 2018, and the third homegrown Irish act to hit the helm of the Top 50 this year, following Picture This' MDRN LV and Hozier's Wasteland, Baby!.

Mickmas Volume 2

December 2019 saw the second addition to Flannery's four track Christmas EP. Mickmas Volume 2 included the titles Somebody else, Just like me, Rising tide, Lisadell".

Run a Mile

In May 2020, Mick Flannery teamed up with New York-based director Samantha Scaffidi to collaborate on Run a Mile, a new song and video to raise funds Women’s Aid, a national frontline organisation helping victims of domestic abuse. By re-contextualising Scaffidi's short film 'BOUND' accompanied by Flannery's song, they made effort to raise awareness of domestic abuse during the COVID-19 lockdown. Flannery says ""This song was written as an attempt to empathise with a woman who has lived with disappointing men all her life, from her own father to the father of her child, to subsequent relationships."

Alive- Cork Opera House

Mick Flannery's seventh studio album, 'Alive - Cork Opera House', was released on July 24, 2020. This project, a lot less premeditated than normal, is a reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic’s decimation of the live music sector. This fully independent release sees all proceeds shared among Flannery's band and crew Capturing the magic combination of raw talent, nervous energy, and deadpan, self-deprecating humour that makes his gigs so special, the album serves not only as a celebration of the joy of live music, as well as support in the fallout of lockdown. The album is a compilation of 17 tracks ranging from his earliest work in Evening Train to his most recent self titled album. This album joined many of his past ones in going straight to No. 1 in the Irish Independent Charts


Flannery composes original lyrics and music. Among the topics he has written about is the subject of heartbreak, for which he has drawn on past experiences. He read the literary works of Charles Bukowski, Jonathan Miller and John Steinbeck from a young age. His biggest musical influences are Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, once sending a letter to Waits but receiving no reply. Flannery attended shows by Cohen at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and Waits in the Phoenix Park when they came to Ireland in 2008. He is also fond of current music and likes the lyrics of Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys.

Band members


  • Mick Flannery – Vocals, piano, guitar
  • Karen O'Doherty – Violin, keys, vocals
  • Yvonne Daly – Vocals
  • Alan Comerford – Electric guitar, vocals
  • Phil Christie - Piano, keyboards, vocals
  • Brian Hassett – Bass guitar, Double bass
  • Christian Best – Drums


  • Aaron Dillon – Harmonica (notably "In the Gutter" from the album Evening Train)

International Songwriting competition

Flannery won in two categories in the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, Tennessee: "In the Gutter" in the category of Folk Singer-Songwriter and "The Tender" in the category of Lyrics Only. This came from a panel of judges which featured several renowned songwriters, including Flannery's idol, Tom Waits. He was the first Irish musician to win in this competition. The two songs featured on the album Evening Train.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2004"In the Gutter"Folk Singer-SongwriterWon
2004"The Tender"Lyrics OnlyWon

Hot Press Reader's Poll

Flannery was Hot Press's Most Promising Act in its 2009 Reader's Poll.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009Mick FlanneryMost Promising ActWon

Choice Music Prize

In 2009, Flannery was nominated for the Choice Music Prize. He was one of seven of the ten nominated acts to perform at the award ceremony in Vicar Street on 4 March.

Flannery lost to Jape, though he was mentioned in the acceptance speech, as frontman Richie Egan mentioned what his mother had told him before the award: “They all deserve the award – sure my mother even told me that Mick Flannery was going to win, she said you're good, Ritchie [sic], but he's gorgeous”.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009White LiesIrish Album of the Year 2008Nominated
2020Mick FlanneryIrish Album of the Year 2019Nominated

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Mick Flannery Discography

  • 2005AlbumEvening Train
  • 2008AlbumWhite Lies
  • 2012AlbumRed To Blue (Bonus Track Version)
  • 2016AlbumI Own You
  • 2018EPMickmas EP, Vol. 1
  • 2018SingleRosaleen
  • 2019SingleCome Find Me
  • 2019AlbumMick Flannery
  • 2020AlbumAlive (Live from Cork Opera House 2019)
  • 2020SingleBaby Talk
  • 2020SingleMinnesota
  • 2020SingleRun a Mile
  • 2020SingleThere Must Be More (Live)
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