Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Andy Flannagan is a London-based, Irish singer-songwriter, previously a hospital doctor, but whose proudest moment as an Irishman was captaining England’s Barmy Army during the Ashes in Australia. His campaigning songwriting dragged him into the political arena, so he can often be found annoying MPs around Parliament.

Andy Flannagan will be performing live 
at the ROC launch night 

Saturday 20th September 7pm 
at Central Methodist Church, Saltergate, Chesterfield.  
Don't miss this opportunity to hear him!

He is first and foremost a story-teller, weaving hope and pain into songs that soar with beautiful, poignant melodies that betray his Irish roots. His battered Lowden guitar tells the story of fifteen years of acoustic minstreling – at times mellow, but at times raging against all the things that break a broken world.

 A “housewives’ favourite” and a “thinking man’s Ronan Keating” are labels that he can’t fully dodge! Flannagan’s edge certainly isn’t in his image, but in his poetic lyrics, which unashamedly peel back layers to leave the listener’s emotions very near the surface. He has been compared to Roddy Frame, Jackson Browne and “The Script” (if they were just one person with an acoustic guitar). He is less ginger than Ed Sheeran but certainly more Irish...

There is a passion for global justice in Andy’s songs that is reflected in their earthy lyrical content. Many of them have been used by NGOs such as Tearfund, Christian Aid, Stop the Traffik, Stop Climate Chaos, and Make Poverty History. Through his work with these agencies Andy has had the privilege of travelling to some of the toughest parts of the world....

He fervently believes that the lobbying of the twenty-first century will be lobbying of the heart as much as lobbying of the mind, and that music can do a thousand things that worlds alone can not. His audiences have ranged from MPs at Westminster to Young Offenders’ institutions, from ski-ers in the Alps, to 20,000 at Greenbelt festival, from the ‘Big Breakfast’ to then Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the Labour Party Conference, from American air force bases in Germany, to the slums of Bangkok. The venues he has played have ranged from the majesty of Union Chapel or Liverpool Cathedral, to the dusty floors of South London pubs... Flannagan doesn’t wear his faith on his album sleeve, but he is honest enough to not leave it in his back pocket either.

He has made regular appearances on radio 2 and radio 5live, alongside various BBC regional stations. He has appeared on ‘The Big Breakfast’ and 4thought on Channel 4. Over the last 9 years his music has also been a staple on Christian radio stations UCB, Cross Rhythms and Premier.

He has regularly played to some huge festival audiences. For example 20,000 at the Greenbelt Festival, 8,000 at Spring Harvest and 10,000 at New Wine. There are also a long list of cathedral and town hall venues he has played.

(Sourced from www.andyflan.com/aboutandy)