Episode #2912

New Irish Music

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Irish composer David Flynn visits the WNYC studios for this edition of New Sounds.  Flynn first learned guitar by way of heavy metal riffs and solos, then fell into the folk scene, and incorporates influences from almost all musical styles.  But he wants his chamber pieces to sound Irish.  We'll hear some of these folk roots and how they sound in David's compositions.  Perhaps we'll also hear a bit from the latest collaboration by Dennis Cahill and Martin Hayes, and more.

PROGRAM # 2912, with composer David Flynn (First aired on Tues. 3/17/09)





Contempo Quartet


David Flynn: String Quartet No. 2 -The Cranning, i. Slip [5:00]

Not commercially available.
Dave Flynn’s debut album ‘Draíocht’ on Frisbee Records is available through
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Dennis Cahill, Martin Hayes

David Flynn: Music for the Departed, excerpt [8:30]

David Flynn, Ashlene Agnew

David Flynn: Shadowplay [5:00]

Contempo Quartet

David Flynn: String Quartet No. 3, The Keening, i. Murmuring [6:00]

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

Welcome Here Again

The Dear Irish Boy [4:30]

Green Linnet GLI 1233

Dave Flynn


The Tempest in Mali [7:00]

Frisbee Records FRCD001 OR download from iTunes

Comments [3]

Glenn Lambert


I suspect you'll see this follow-up comment, as you saw my first one so quickly.

By the time I saw your reply, I had already learned online about "The Mahatma of the Glen" — and had bought an MP3 of the album from Amazon. My wife (a Cronin!) and I are listening to it as I write. It's wonderful, and especially timely because we're looking forward to our first visit to Ireland this May.

I'm very happy to have heard from you, though disappointed at the news that I won't be able to hear "Music for the Departed" in its original form. Maybe someday!

Best to you...
Glenn Lambert

Apr. 22 2011 12:13 AM
Dave Flynn from Ireland

Hi Glenn,

Glad you enjoyed the music.

The recording of 'Music for the Departed' played on the show is from the live world premiere, unfortunately it's unlikely that recording will ever be commercially released. I don't have the rights to release it myself.

I'm hopeful a studio recording of the piece will be released at some point in the next few years, although there are no firm plans yet. It's all dependent on other people really. If I could release it tomorrow I would!

In the meantime you can hear an arrangement of some of the excerpts from 'Music for the Departed' which I made for solo guitar and renamed 'The Mahatma of the Glen'. It's on my solo guitar CD 'Contemporary Traditional Irish Guitar' available on iTunes, CDBaby and other online retailers.


Dave Flynn

Apr. 17 2011 02:13 PM
Glenn Lambert

I've just heard David Flynn's segment on New Sounds. The excerpts from "Music for the Departed" were absolutely beautiful.

As soon as the program ended, I went online to buy a copy of the recording that was played, only to see that it's unavailable. I hope that Mr. Flynn will find a way to change that, and to make this gorgeous music accessible to more listeners.

Apr. 17 2011 12:09 AM

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