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John Flynn (Fall 2015)
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has remained true to the imperative of his
tune and long-time mission statement, Go Wake a Heart.
is a notable exception, and is worthy of our respect as he follows the paths of Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs and Kris Kristofferson."
Over four decades, John Flynn's
music has carried him from Jersey Shore bars to Nashville's Music Row; from home plate performances in major league ballparks, to concerts in maximum-security prisons; from star-studded benefit shows at Tipitina's
in New Orleans, to bridge-building appearances at the Walter Reed Military Hospital
and Dover Air Force Base.
Along the way Flynn
has continued to make new friends and fans as he's
given of his
unguarded spirit and whole heart from folk festival and coffeehouse stages across this country.
A wordsmith of rare facility and intention, Flynn
has shared this singular journey through compelling songs laced with keenly observed and soul-resonant scraps of irony, humor, stumbled-upon wisdom, and streetwise compassion.
Reflecting on that journey, his friend and long-time fan Kris Kristofferson has called Flynn
"an important artist (whose) work in prisons, rehabs, and half-way houses is distilled into the truth and the beauty of…heartfelt and heart warming slices of life".
Few people who knew John Flynn
as a boy would have predicted the path he
was a self-professed "painfully straight arrow".
As a senior at Ridley High in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the former altar boy who once strummed a New Year's Day banjo in the world famous Mummers parade was named president of the National Honor Society
and Scholar Athlete of the Year while receiving two congressional nominations to the United States Naval Academy
John was making plans to play lacrosse for Navy when he found out he would not be able to take his guitar with him to Annapolis.
Although music had always been an important part of John's life, he
was surprised to realize how much he
had come to rely on his
beloved Guild twelve-string.
The thought of leaving it behind, even for a few months, caused him to begin to admit to himself that he
had other dreams.
abruptly changed course and began writing songs in earnest.
put himself through Temple University
playing in bar bands.
degree was in political science, he
abandoned the idea of studying law when he
was offered a staff songwriting position at Combine Music
in Nashville, following Billy Swan's Top 40 country recording of John's song "Rainbows and Butterflies".
It was Swan who first introduced John
to Kris Kristofferson.
Since then Kris has written liner notes for John
and sung on four of Flynn's CDs.
In 2005, Arlo Guthrie invited John
to join musical legends like Willie Nelson and Ramblin' Jack Elliott on the historic "Train to New Orleans" tour following Hurricane Katrina.
It was on that trip that Ramblin' Jack dubbed Flynn
"the John Lennon of the plasma generation"!
Although Philadelphia's own Main Line Times calls Flynn a "folk icon", his music has often reached beyond many conventional boundaries of the genre.
has regularly appeared at Philadelphia Phillies games, where he's
performed both the American and Canadian national anthems.
Flynn was the first artist the Phillies called upon when Major League Baseball resumed play following the attacks of September 11, 2001.
emotional seventh-inning stretch performance of God Bless America was televised by ESPN.
The sound of 45,000 voices singing along with him that evening profoundly affected Flynn
, prompting him to write his
acclaimed ode to defiant courage, I Will Not Fear.
was also the last person to sing at Philadelphia's storied Veterans Stadium before its demolition in 2004.
Since 2007, Flynn was a regular performer at Phillies playoff games, appearing at home plate with his guitar many times during the "Fightin Phils" torrid five-year streak of championship baseball.
Although an anti-war activist and former member of the Board of Directors of Delaware's oldest peace and social justice organization, Pacem
in Terris, Flynn's deep concern for, and appreciation of the those who have served in the military afforded him unique opportunities to share his
music in places where most folk singers would not necessarily have been welcomed.
Rejecting the "support the troops by supporting the war" mentality, Flynn
reasoned, "You can be against house fires and still support firefighters".
Flynn currently serves on the Advisory Board for Camp Dreamcatcher, a therapeutic summer camp for children whose lives have been impacted by AIDS/HIV.
For twenty years, John's annual benefit concerts and silent auctions each Christmas have helped raise money for Dreamcatcher.
And for two decades, John
has faithfully returned to Camp each summer to perform free concerts for Dreamcatcher's kids.
For over ten years, Flynn
has also volunteered at Delaware's maximum-security state penitentiary, the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution
, as the head facilitator of an inmate-support group called New Beginnings
For those leaving prison, Flynn additionally leads New Beginnings-Next Step, a sister group that is dedicated to helping Returning Citizens transition from incarceration to freedom.
Among the recognitions John
has received for his
work are the Dominican's Shining Star Award, The Rotary's
Paul Harris Fellow Award, Pacem
in Terris's Peacemaker Among Us Award.
The American Library Association
has recognized John
was also a Grammy honoree for his
song Two Wolves which he
contributed to the anti-bullying project, "All About Bullies, Big and Small".
resides in the Brandywine area of Northern Delaware with his
family and Chief, his
aging yet exuberant Frisbee-obsessed German Shepherd.