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John Flanagan Trio at JamGrass Festival – photo Jim Jacob


John Flanagan Trio

New single and video ‘”Something To Complain About”

Forthcoming album Honest Man 

National tour May – June 2018



Fast becoming a favourite on the Australian Folk Festival circuit and highly regarded by the team at Listening Through The Lens, the John Flanagan Trio have unveiled its new single ‘”Something To Complain About”, lifted from their forthcoming album Honest Man


The New Tune

The song is the second single from the new release and is a lighthearted poke at ‘first world problems’ and the art of complaining.

The video was directed by Agostino Soldati.  Flanagan says of the shoot:

Recording it as one continuous shot was a last minute decision and it really brought the video to life and made it feel like an ‘ensemble’ performance. It turns out that the actors in the music video are well-established Melbourne musicians in their own right: Kris Schroeder (The Basics), Andrew Kitchen (Anti-Skeptic), Sophie Klein (Little Wise), Beth King (Beth & the Brave) and Paddy Montgomery (Mustered Courage, Davidson Brothers). This wasn’t planned, they just happened to be the ones to answer the call to be part of the day.”


The New Album

Reports are that the themes on Honest Man zoom from local to universal themes: a cottage in Launceston (Tasmania), a trip to Uluru, driving Paul Kelly in St Kilda, a conscientious objector in Pascoe Vale 1968, awkward new love, lingering lost love, our changing environment, kindling young minds.  We look forward to hearing more new material from this outfit which seamlessly mixes bluegrass, country and folk influences.  The first single from the album “Beauty On The Bottom” was released as a taster in mid 2017.

Honest Man was recorded in Feb 2017, a year after John Flanagan released his second album, There’s Another Way to Where You’re Going, the latter recorded in Nashville with producer Viktor Krauss and was nominated for Best Folk/Roots Album in The Age Music Victoria Awards.

It’s taking an unusually long time to see the light of day.  Patience indeed.


John Flanagan with fellow talented performer Sal Kimber – photo Jim Jacob



The Tour

The John Flanagan Trio have a big year ahead with spots at Yackandandah and the National Folk Festival followed by their Honest Man album tour.  The expansive itinerary will incorporate cities and regional shows across Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, Queensland and South Australia.



Thu 03 May | The Toff In Town | Melbourne, VIC (double album launch with Lucy Wise) | BUY TIX
Sat 12 May | The Barn | Neales Flat, SA | BUY TIX
Sun 13 May | The Wheatsheaf Hotel | Adelaide, SA | INFO
Wed 23 May | Ararat Live | Ararat, VIC | BUY TIX
Sat 26 May | Beechworth Town Hall | Beechworth, VIC | BUY TIX
Wed 30 May | Yinnar Hotel | Yinnar, VIC | INFO
Sun 3 June | The Bridge | Castlemaine, VIC | BUY TIX
Sat 16 June | Old Church On The Hill | Bendigo, VIC | BUY TIX
Sun 17 June | Lost Ones Gallery | Ballarat, VIC | INFO
Wed 27 June | Smith’s Alternative | Canberra, ACT | BUY TIX
Thu 28 June | Django Bar | Sydney, NSW  | BUY TIX
Sat 30 June | Megan Hall | Megan, NSW | BUY TIX
Sun 1 July | The Lennox Sessions | Lennox Head, NSW | INFO
Thu 05 July | The Junk Bar | Brisbane, QLD | BUY TIX
Fri 06 July | Pelican Playhouse | Grafton, NSW | BUY TIX
Sat 07 July | Wauchope Arts | Wauchope, NSW | BUY TIX 
Sun 08 July | The Junkyard | Maitland, NSW | INFO


Flanagan has a graceful and warm stage presence.  He will be joined by accomplished double bassist Liz Frencham and one of the finest bluegrass pickers in Australia Dan Watkins.





All the video, album and tour news for the John Flanagan Trio

All the video, album and tour news for the John Flanagan Trio

All the video, album and tour news for the John Flanagan Trio





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