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Darren A. Flynn's debut solo single 'Mountain Whiskey' is out now
Award-nominated Irish singer-songwriter Darren A. Flynn (formerly singer with multi-national Americana band Mongrel State) has released his debut solo single 'Mountain Whiskey'. It is out now and available on all digital platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.
The track, which was produced by renowned Irish producer Rob MacLeod & mastered at Abbey Road Studios, is an energetic tune about a wily old man who makes moonshine half-way up a mountain, and is based on a real life character from Darren's past. Featuring a heady mix of banjo, drums and electric guitar, it's a rocking hoe-down right from the beginning!
The track has been getting plenty of airplay national Irish radio (RTE 1 & Raidio na Gaeltachta) and has been playlisted on several local stations.
Darren's sound has been described as a modern take on roots-tinged rock n' roll with Americana and Bluegrass elements & influences such as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and even the likes of Sturgill Simpson on occasion.
His most recent album, with Mongrel State, produced by Gavin Glass (Billy Bragg, Joe Jackson, John Grant, Paul Brady) had its lead single playlisted on RTE1. The album was nominated for the Choice Music Award (Irish equivalent of the Mercury music award).
He has performed live & recorded sessions for National Irish TV & Radio and appeared on most local radio stations across the country.
He has performed at several Irish festivals such as The Electric Picnic, Kilkenny Roots Festival, Vantastival, Sligo Live & Doolin Folk Festival, as well as internationally.
Quotes about 'Mountain Whiskey':
"Mighty fine ...perfect for a hooch special" - Brian Lally, RTE Radio 1 (national radio in Ireland)
"When it's good, it's good. And it's a good one!" - Pat James, Radio Nova
"If your boots aren't moving, check your pulse" - Eoin O'Donnell, Dublin South FM
"As lively as they come and the kind of track that just encourages hand claps from the getgo" - mp3hugger.com
"A groovy indie country and folk jam with some lively arrangements and an upbeat nature" - Weallwantsomeone.org
"Very authentic and raw sounding (in a good way)" - rockthepigeon.com
Darren A. Flynn is an award-nominated singer-songwriter from Dublin, Ireland
His sound has been described as a modern take on roots-tinged rock n' roll, with influences as diverse as Johnny Cash & Leonard Cohen to Sturgill Simpson and even the likes of Black Keys on occasion.
His most recent album, with his band Mongrel State, was produced by Gavin Glass (who has worked with Billy Bragg, Joe Jackson, John Grant & Paul Brady amongst many others) and had its lead single playlisted on national Irish radio (RTE Radio 1).
The album was nominated for the Choice Music Award (the Irish equivalent of the Mercury music award).
He has performed live on National Irish Television (RTE 1), recorded sessions for National Irish Radio (RTE Radio 1) and appeared on many different local radio stations:
Radio Nova, KCLR96FM, Cork 96FM, KFM Highland radio, Dublin South FM, Dublin City FM, Flirt FM, Near FM, Ocean FM
He has performed at several Irish festivals such as:
The Electric Picnic, Kilkenny Roots Festival, Vantastival, Sligo Live, Knockanstockan, Canalaphonic, Bloom Festival, Doolin Folk Festival, Spraoi Waterford, Carlow Arts Festival, Boyle Arts Festival, BARE in the Woods, Dublin City Soul Festival, Oktoberfest Dublin, YouBloom Festival, Rock n Roll Half Marathon, Blues Roots and Brass Festival Dublin, Dublin Rock n’ Roll Festival, Valentia Isle Festival, Swell Festival & Secret Garden Music Festival
As well as at International Music Festivals:
Feito a Man Festival, Santiago De Compostela (Spain), Focus Ireland Festival, Noia (Spain), Camping Be Cider Seaside Festival (UK)
He has played internationally in:
The UK, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy.
His first album, with the band Moo, sold close to five figures independently.
He is currently writing new material & preparing to record his debut solo album which is due in early 2021
"The cinematic sweep of the short instrumental Quiero Volver and the closing Rainy Day offers something more thoughtful, but this opening salvo opts to replicate the live experience and rocks along at pace with Desert Girl, Dirty Trick and the single Stray Dogs all highlights – especially the latter, with its border brass punching colourfully. A lively deposit on a promising future... Joe Breen, Irish Times
"Their set is beautiful and vibrant, powered with an organic energy and the sodding great big smiles of dudes enjoying their music--and they know the way to convert an audience from indifference to indulged inside of two songs" Hugo Jellett, Electric Picnic
"Watching these guys live brings out the best in everyone within earshot" Keiron Black, Electric Picnic
"There are few bands more exciting and popular to have visited us at Leo's Tavern this year. Expect to see Mongrel State storming their way upwards very soon. Addictive music and performance with a new twist." Moya Brennan, Clannad.