The Performing Arts Studio presents John Flynn as the concluding Winter Wind Concert performance on Sunday, April 15. Admission is $10 for the concert, which begins at 7:00 PM in Norman’s historic train depot, 200 South Jones. Complimentary refreshments are served.
“John Flynn is a Woody Guthrie Festival favorite.” says Becky Grider, Winter Wind Chair. “Like Woody, his songs are meaningful and relevant. He writes about social justice and what’s going on in the world. He is an amazing singer/songwriter with an important message…one that can make you pause to reflect. We are so fortunate to have this opportunity to bring him to Norman.”
Flynn began writing songs professionally after graduating from Temple University in 1980 with a degree in political science. He intended to study law, but a brief sojourn to Nashville’s Music Row led to a change of plans in the form of a publishing contract with Combine Music, and a Billboard Magazine Top Forty country recording of his song Rainbows and Butterflies by Epic recording artist Billy Swan.
His writing proved too introspective and poetic for country music, however, and Flynn concluded that the only category he wanted his songs to fit neatly into was one called “from the heart.” His songs have since been recorded by a wide range of artists from Chris LeDoux to Full Frontal Folk.
During the 90’s. Flynn returned to his native Philadelphia where his first self-released CDs began to receive extensive airplay by AAA radio giant WXPN. A standing ovation followed his first main stage appearance at the 1995 Philadelphia Folk Festival, cementing his regional reputation as a dynamic and original contemporary folk artist.
During these years, the songs Flynn wrote for his four children became the basis of two highly acclaimed family CDs, garnering Flynn repeat appearances on the Peabody Award winning children’s radio program “Kids Corner”, the American Library Association’s Notable Recording Award, and an ever increasing number of requests to visit schools, where he continues to perform and conduct creative writing workshops.
In 1997, his self titled release on fledging Sliced Bread Records was produced by Grammy winner Ben Wisch and yielded Flynn critical acclaim and a national top-fifteen slot on the Americana charts. A live album followed which showcased not only his songwriting but his emerging gifts as a performer and entertainer.
More recently, Flynn has begun to speak and write on political and social justice issues. His CD, Dragon (MettaFour Records), which features back up vocals by Kris Kristofferson, was among the twenty most played albums in folk music in 2004, making many year-end top ten lists. It continues to receive extensive international airplay.
His new CD, Two Wolves, is a ray of hope and a call for peace. It is Flynn’s heart and conscience laid bare.
For additional information, call the Performing Arts Studio at 405-307-9320, or visit www.johnflynn.net
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council; Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Mark and Teresa Marsee; and Skye Diers of Gingerbread Kindergarten and Nursery School. In-kind support comes from Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees, The Montford Inn and Residence Inn of Norman.