Another gig, another new folk darling… This time Johnny Flynn at Transgressive Records 5 year anniversary showcase. Union Chapel was full to the brim with adoring fans, none of whom were disappointed as Johnny launched into tracks from his debut album A Larum, with full band.
Always the consummate musician, Johnny played guitar, mandolin, violin, trumpet and banjo flawlessly. Even without his wonderful songs this was an impressive feat, and only made the performance more amazing.
I first discovered Johnny at Laura Marling’s Royal Festival Hall folk showcase, when he played a satisfyingly rootsy version of one of his tracks. I hoping to hear a few more rootsy, freetime solo tracks, but realistically with full band backing this was unlikely. We did get a solo performance of ‘trains’ from his upcoming EP as encore, which served as a good consolation. Never-the-less, this was a enjoyable, solid performance that went down extremely well with his fans, even earning him a standing ovation at the end.
heres a sample: