Irish indie folk-rock singer-songwriter Mick Flannery releases his third single “Young,” a visceral, soulful study of adolescence, free will and finding the energy to pick the important fights. The single follows the delicate “Morning Rain” and free-wheeling 70s inspired “Goodtime Charlie,” the title track from his forthcoming eighth studio album set for release on September 15 on Oh Boy Records, featuring Anaïs Mitchell, Valerie June and others.
Flannery will be on tour in the US this fall, with dates including Americanafest and New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge.
Pre-order Goodtime Charlie HERE
Listen to “Young” HERE
“Young” is a bluesy, soulful and poignant meditation on youth, aggression and free will. It was premiered with Atwood Magazine, who described it as “Visceral, vulnerable, uncompromising, and unapologetic…a breathtaking display of inner tension and striking, resounding affirmation of Flannery’s renowned talents – not to mention his deeply evocative and gristly voice."
“Young” begins with Flannery’s graveled, ominous voice taunting his subject, but it opens up like sun streaming through a stormy sky in the chorus, in echoed meditation. Flannery’s skill lies in examining the human condition from all angles, peering into all walks of life with a poetic take.
Says Flannery about the track, “one of the ideas is that we don’t really have free will. You aren’t the author of your own thoughts. Also, I was taken by an interview of Tupac Shakur’s, which appears on a Kendrick Lamar album- to pick your fights when you’re young, when you have the energy.”
A former Stonemason, Flannery has become a household name in Ireland, renowned for his singular voice and immediate songwriting. Though he left the art of stonemasonry behind, he has built his career brick by brick, beloved for his folk-rock sound and stone-rough vocals. He started his career by winning two international songwriting competitions, writing several No. 1 hits in Ireland after signing with EMI, going platinum for his album White Lies which landed him a Choice Music Prize, and culminated in 2021’s wildly successful album with songwriter Susan O’Neill, In The Game, which landed them the top-selling independent album of 2021, the No. 2 spot on the music charts after Drake, critical acclaim and a fan in Phoebe Bridgers who proclaimed, “I fucking love this album” and invited the duo to open for her in Philadelphia.
Now, Flannery’s career has come full circle in the United States, signing to his hero John Prine’s record label Oh Boy Record. The label will release Flannery’s forthcoming album Goodtime Charlie, set for release on September 15 via Oh Boy Records. His eighth studio album features songwriting and performance collaborations with luminary artists such as Valerie June, Tianna Esperanza, Anaïs Mitchell, Ana Egge, Justin Stanley, Adam Landry, Andrew House (Christy Skulls) as well as longtime collaborator Tony Buchen. Watch the album EPK here
Pre-order your exclusive Oh Boy vinyl here:
Recorded in Cork with old friend, drummer and producer Christina Best, and featuring long time musical companions Alan Comerford on guitar and Mikey O’Connell on bass, Goodtime Charlie fluently expresses the layered aspects of the human condition, its flaws, triumphs, and uncertainty.
Flannery has built up a reputation over the past decade as one of Ireland's hardest working musicians attracting fans from Phoebe Bridgers and Dermot Kennedy. His live shows are renowned for his self-deprecating humor, audience engagement and the ability to bring people on a journey of both heartbreak and joy, often in the same instance. Touring extensively at home and in more recent years abroad as his songs have been reaching folks farther afield. Ireland's best kept secret appears to be no more.
Someone To Tell It To
Give Me Up
Old Friend (Feat: Tianna Esperanza)
The Fact (Feat: Valerie June)
Minnesota (Feat: Anaïs Mitchell)
What They Say
Push The Cart
Sep 21 Americanafest - Nashville TN
Sep 22 Zanzabar - Louisville KY
Sep 23 The Ark - Ann Arbor MI
Sep 24 Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto ON
Sep 26 Le Poisson Rouge - New York NY
Sep 27 Crystal Ballroom - Somerville MA
Sep 28 Word Barn - Exeter NH
Sep 29 Parlour Room - Northampton MA
Sep 30 The Falcon - Marlboro NY
Oct 1 NPR Mountain Stage - Blacksburg VA