Mick Flannery releases seventh album in support of band members and crew who have lost work due to Covid-19

Mick Flannery releases seventh album in support of band members and crew who have lost work due to Covid-19
Mick Flannery has released his seventh album despite a difficult past few months due to Covid-19.

Veteran singer-songwriter Mick Flannery has released his seventh album called Alive - Cork Opera House 2019, in support and gratitude to those who play a part in his career.

The album, which is out now, is a fully independent release, with all proceeds being distributed to Mick’s band and crew who suddenly found themselves out of work back in March due to Covid-19.

The Blarney man said he is “very glad” to have the opportunity to share his album “during these uncertain times”.

“ I feel it showcases the talents of the people I’m lucky to share stages with. I’ve been playing music with this band for quite a while now and this was a particularly nice night to capture on a recording.

“Things happen in live gigs that don’t happen so easily in studio settings, the atmosphere of the room and the audience plays in, perhaps a home-crowd helped also. I think this album captures the in-the-moment spontaneity of the musicians, and that’s a special thing to hear,” he said.

Mick’s band, who take centre stage with this release, some of whom have been performing with him for years, are: Yvonne Daly on vocals; Karen O’Doherty on violin, synthesiser, and vocals; and Christian Best on drums.

More recent members of the band include: Alan Comerford on electric guitar and vocals; Mike O’Connell on bass and vocals; Phil Christie on keyboards and vocals; and Matthew Berrill on saxophone and clarinet.

Also included in the profit share are Mick’s engineers, Chloe Nagle, John Fitzgerald, and Sandra O’Mahony, who he said work tirelessly behind the scenes.

The 17-track live album, recorded in front of a sold-out audience in 2019, features stand out songs There Must Be More and In the Gutter.

Since the release of his last record in July 2019, Mick has performed over 100 shows in Ireland, the UK, USA, and Canada.

10 Irish music venues including Cork’s Coughlan’s Live, De Barra’s Folk Club, Connolly’s of Leap, will all be participating in a live streamed show coming from Dolan’s Warehouse in Limerick on Saturday, July 25 at 9pm where social distancing measures will be in place.

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