‘Dave Flynn is a masterful guitarist’ – Sing Out Magazine
Dave Flynn is a guitar virtuoso versed in many styles. His cross-genre versatility is represented in his guitar albums ‘Contemporary Traditional Irish Guitar‘ (Irish trad), ‘Winter Variations‘ (ambient minimalism), ‘Dún Laoghaire Guitars‘ (modern classical) and his latest release ‘A Curious Compendium of Crooked Irish Tunes‘. His guitar works are published worldwide by Mel Bay.
Below are a selection from his guitar recordings.
Trad Guitar Accompanist
Dave Flynn is well known in Irish music circles for his work as an accompanist with leading Irish trad musicians including Martin Hayes, Máirtín O’Connor, Liz Carroll and Paddy Glackin, among others.
Celtic Guitar Soloist
As a soloist he has toured around Japan, Europe and New Zealand, where he recently premiered his ‘Celtic Guitar Journey‘ show to great acclaim. ‘Celtic Guitar Journey’ presents beautiful guitar arrangements of Irish and Scottish traditional music, exploring the musical connections between these ‘Celtic’ countries. His programme goes through the history of Celtic music, from an ancient Irish battle march, to baroque-era harp music by Turlough O’Carolan, to 19th Century reels and jigs, some more modern compositions that he recorded on his albums. ‘Celtic Guitar Journey’ also highlights connections between Irish traditional music and other countries, showing how certain types of Irish tune styles were imported from countries including Scotland, Poland and Germany.
Check out his masterful Celtic guitar playing in the below YouTube playlist.
Duet with Aisling Agnew
He also has a duo with flutist Aisling Agnew, with whom he has toured around Ireland and recorded his compositions ‘Shadowplay’ and ‘Grief’.
As a versatile ensemble guitarist, Dave Flynn has performed with leading groups including the New Zealand String Quartet, ConTempo Quartet, Crash Ensemble, Dublin Guitar Quartet, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and his own ensemble The Irish Memory Orchestra. He has also performed guitar quartet concerts with leading guitarists including Laura Snowden, John Feeley, Niwel Tsumbu, David Creevy, Michael O’Toole and Hugh Buckley.