Saturday May 4, 2013
with special guest GREG KLYMA
$20 ($17 for members)

In an era of deep division, John Flynn’s songs call us together as they speak for the wounded, the weary, and the afflicted; for the prisoner, the soldier, and all the forgotten ones who walk unseen in our midst. Fusing the vision of an activist with the unblinking eye of a truth-teller, John Flynn’s music speaks deeply to the heart and the spirit. A wordsmith and poet of rare clarity, he evokes our shared humanity as he addresses the times we live in through songs that resound with awareness, irony, humor and compassion.

The open heartedness and resonant decency in Flynn’s work have made him a staple of Phil Ochs Song Nights across the country, and brought him the respect and friendship of longtime heroes like Kris Kristofferson and Arlo Guthrie. Kris Kristofferson has written liner notes for John, sung on three of Flynn’s CDs, (including the title song to his newest CD) and even recited the lyrics to John’s song “Without You With Me,” at Stephen Bruton’s funeral.

A huge baseball fan, John was invited to perform on the first game the Philadelphia Phillies played after 9/11. The experience inspired his powerful song, “I Will Not Fear".

Two separate YouTube videos of his song “Dover” have combined for over 68,000 hits. This powerful song, written as a response to US policy of not allowing of the caskets of fallen American soldiers to be shown by the media as they returned home. Perhaps the only anti-war activist to have performed at Dover Air Force Base.

John’s song, “Two Wolves,” is part of the CD All About Bullies, Big and Small, which won the 2012 Grammy for Best Children’s Album of the Year. (Just one of the 32 songs on this 2-CD set ... 1/32 of a Grammy). John makes frequent appearances on WXPN Radio Kids Corner and World Cafe with David Dye. Flynn’s two children’s CDs "A Manatee Sneezed on Me" and "Love Takes a Whole Box of Crayons" are perennial best sellers, now pleasing a second generation of young ears and hearts.

In 2005, John was invited by Arlo Guthrie to join musical legends like Willie Nelson and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott on the historic “Train to New Orleans” tour following Hurricane Katrina.

“John Lennon of the Plasma Generation!"
-Ramblin' Jack Elliot
(John admits that Mr. Elliott may have been under the influence
of an enthusiasm-generating beverage at the time of this characterization.) 

"“John Flynn is at the near end of a long line of American poets, thinkers and folk artists stretching from Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, all the way up to Kris Kristofferson”.
-Ticket Magazine

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Opening the evening will be the Rust Belt Vagabond,  Greg Klyma.  Greg is a home-cooked meal and a Vaudeville show in a fast food, karaoke world. He crafts a set with the same skill that he crafts his songs. The stories blend seamlessly into songs, evoking a flavor of Mark Twain, Woody Guthrie and David Sedaris. A prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer, Klyma brings to every stage a deep catalog of material that assumes audiences are both smart and able to laugh.

 “A singer/songwriter with (an) Arlo Guthrie-esque voice (who) writes socially conscious ballads and acoustic-guitar ditties thick with hippie happiness that assume audiences are both smart and able to laugh.” 
- Mountain Xpress

 “He spins meandering tales on a long loved acoustic that bring us to that point where we realize the glass is half empty and half full at the same time.” 
- Performing Songwriter Magazine

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