Dave Flynn - Singer-Songwriter
'Vocally he sounds like Robert Plant on occasion and the floating quality of The Mad Magicians Daughter recalls the pastoral shades of Led Zeppelin’s acoustic moments.' - John O'Regan (Irish Music Magazine)
Whilst Dave Flynn has gained international renown as a composer of instrumental music, his musical roots lie in the Dublin singer-songwriter scene of the mid 1990's. Dave taught himself music from an early age, composing his first song ‘The Guitar Man’ at the age of 10.
Dave has been a performing songwriter since 1995 when he made his live debut aged 18 at the legendary International Bar Songwriters Nights run by Dave Murphy in Dublin. Over the next few years Dave shared a stage there and elsewhere with some of Ireland’s greatest singer-songwriters including Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Luka Bloom, Declan O’Rourke, Damien Rice and Damien Dempsey.
Dave is not your usual ‘I want to slit my wrists’ songwriter, so his songs provide a refreshing change from the norm. Indeed some of his songs are marked by a biting satirical humour. A prime example of which is ‘Ducks’, an ironic look at how the life of the ducks on the Grand Canal in Dublin is a lot like the life of many humans who walk by them every day!
Dave is no novelty act however and the songs he has written with the Poet/Lyricist Pádraic Ó Beírn demonstrate an elegiac majesty comparable to great songwriting partnerships of the past like Bacharach and David.
The year 2000 was vital in Dave’s development as a songwriter because in the summer of that year he met Pádraic at a songwriter’s convention organised by IMRO. They decided to write together and something clicked. Within a few minutes Dave had composed music to Pádraic’s beautiful poem ‘Woodlands’, and this song remains one of the finest songs in Dave’s repertoire.
These songs and more feature in acoustic versions on Dave's 2006 debut album 'Draíocht'. Some of these songs were re-recorded in a full band set up on the D.F.F. album 'Pouric Songs'.
D.F.F.'s 'Pouric Songs'
Dave patiently developed an album devoted to his songs for a number of years and in 2012 he assembled an all-star band to record the album at Peter Gabriel's legendary Real World Studios. The album is called 'Pouric Songs' and it was released in 2014 under the band name D.F.F.
D.F.F. features Dave on vocals and guitars alongside Vyvienne Long (cello/vocals) famed for her work with Damien Rice, Congolese guitar wizard Niwel Tsumbu (guitar/vocals), versatile US Double bassist Dan Bodwell and percussionists Cion O'Callaghan and Aidan Dunphy who between them have worked with some of Ireland's leading songwriters including Mundy, Paddy Casey, Roesy and Declan Ó Rourke. The album also features contributions by guitarist Ciarán Swift on 4 tracks. Ciarán has worked with numerous musicians including Fionn Regan and Roesy.