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After a two-year hiatus from the live circuit, British folk band Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit announce an October headline tour, which includes a date at Whelan’s, Dublin on Wednesday 16th October. Tickets €15 fee go on sale this Friday 2nd August at 9am from all Ticketmaster outlets and

Johnny Flynn’s forthcoming third record ‘Country Mile’ will be released on 30th September through Transgressive Records. It follows 2008’s ‘A Larum’ and 2010’s ‘Been Listening’.

Johnny and long-time collaborator / best friend Adam Beach (The Sussex Wit) chose a very different process to the workmanlike five weeks in a studio of previous albums. They produced it themselves; Johnny called it ‘demoing with intent’. His thing about demos is that you usually prefer them to the finished thing. So they did their recordings in a number of different studios, in New York and London over the last two years. Those fresh, first drafts have become the finished album. Flynn adds that he can’t even remember writing many of the songs this time round – “Normally I have loads of notebooks, but this just kind of happened.”

The theme for the album is one of journeying, with the way as a teacher: a ‘Country Mile’ being an indefinite distance. The allegory is a through line for the record with each song making up the different elements of a life seen as one journey. They stand as a map or constellation; the ‘journey’ under observation includes those of the Earth, the Moon, the Sun and the stars.

The title and opening track ‘Country Mile’ sets up the idea of striking out and taking off: “…nose to the road and I’m painfully free”. ‘After Eliot’, which is loosely inspired by T.S Eliot, mourns a missed encounter, a reflection on a relationship where the two people didn’t see the same thing happening at the same time..

Softly spoken, Johnny Flynn is a somewhat unlikely star. Yet this multi-talented enigma that fronts Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit and has appeared in many of our country’s most exciting theatrical events: The Heretic and The Low Road at The Royal Court, Jerusalem, plus last summer’s Shakespeare double-bill at the Globe and in the West End, Richard III and Twelfth Night, Johnny has the whole world at his feet.

See Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit at Whelan’s on Wednesday 16th October. Tickets €15 fee go on sale this Friday 2nd August at 9am from all Ticketmaster outlets and Over 18’s – ID required. Doors 8pm.


On Sale Fri 2nd Aug, 9am: €15 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings from WaV).

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.


Whelan’s Silent Disco from 10:30pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best [Free before 11:30pm, €5 after] plus Late Bar.