Singer, guitarist, flautist (and practitioner of the double tin whistle), John is also a member of celebrated traditional group Skipper’s Alley and is joined here by bandmate Ultan O’Brien (also of Slow Moving Clouds).
Also contributing to the record are singer Consuelo Breschi of the duo Varo, sean n s singer Saileog N Ceannabh in, Phil Christie (O Emperor / The Bonk) on keyboards, and drummer & composer Ross Chaney who created many of the Tascam tape-loop drones that bind the album together.
The record was produced, engineered and mixed by Brendan Jenkinson (Villagers / Cloud Castle Lake) who also joins in on a host of instruments for the record. It was recorded and mixed at Oxford Lane and Sonic Studios, Dublin. The material John Francis Flynn has chosen to record includes songs learned from recordings of Shirley Collins, Frank Harte and settled Traveller Paddy Quilligan, two songs written by activist and folk revivalist Ewan MacColl, and a West Indies halyard shanty published by “Last Working Shantyman” Stan Hugill, alongside in-studio improvisations and tunes picked up by John along the way.
1. Lovely Joan 2. Cannily, Cannily 3. My Son Tim 4. Tralee Gaol 5. Shallow Brown 6. Chaney's Tape Dream 7. Bring Me Home, pt. i: The Dear Irish Boy 8. Bring Me Home, pt. ii: I Would Not Live Always 9. Bring Me Home, pt. iii: An Buachailín Bán 10. Come My Little Son