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Merton Lineup
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featuring

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John Flanagan & 7 Piece Band

supported by

Naturally Kerley

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FOLK, SOUL & BLUEGRASS

John Flanagan

Vocals, keyboard, guitar, banjo

 

Stella Anning - Electric guitar, BVs

Richard Rose - Bass, BVs

Justin Olsson - Drums

Gemma Horbury - Trumpet 

Ros Jones - Trombone 

Nick Lester - Tenor Saxophone

John Flanagan is known for his authentic stage presence, heart-gripping storytelling and uplifting performances.  Performing with a new 7-piece line up featuring rhythm section and horns, Flanagan channels the raw and soulful folk-rock of the 70s taking inspiration from the likes of Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Van Morrison.

 

Flanagan is a devotee of melody and meaning. His music pulses and shimmers with childlike honesty and sage-like wisdom. 

Flanagan has released 4 albums and has fronted a variety of band line ups. Sometimes he sounds like 70s soul, sometimes a bluegrass trio or a protest march anthem. Foremost he is a songwriter and storyteller with the ability to move an audience to tears and have them dancing with joy all in the same set.

 

His 2016 release ‘There’s Another Way To Where You’re Going’ was nominated for best Folk/Roots Album in the Age Music Victoria Awards and was an ‘Album of the week’ and ABC radio favourite. His 2018 release Honest Man debuted in the top 10 of the AIR ‘100% Independent Music’ Charts with the likes of The Waifs and Gurrumul, garnering praise at home and abroad.

 

In 2019 John toured outback and regional Australian towns for 7 weeks as part of the Festival of Small Halls incorporating performances at Port Fairy and The National Folk Festivals. He can often be found on the folk festival circuit, delivering an energetic live set that varies from dynamic and uplifting to moving and thoughtful. In 2020 John began work on a new album with 7-time Grammy nominated engineer, Erick Jaskowiak. With classic folk-rock and soul inspired sounds and songwriting, the album is expected for release in 2023.

His latest album Manhood Method Actor brings to life the soulful folk-rock sound of the 70s, taking inspiration from the likes of Jackson Browne, CSNY and Bonnie Raitt. Lyrically the album traverses various themes of love, conflict, parenthood, masculinity and coming of age. The album hit #3 on the AIR ‘100% Independent’ charts putting him alongside The Waifs and Midnight Oil and also hit #3 on the AMRAP metro radio charts.

This year he has been touring with his 7-piece band around Australia’s East Coast in support of his new album. Flanagan is a festival favourite, and rightly so. Sepia-toned stories on the widescreen of now; toe-tapping singalongs to mend your broken heart. 

“He’s hitting with the groove like a Balboa punching bag! You can definitely hear that retro soulful twang.”

Henry Wagons - Double J

"One of Australia’s finest lyricists” 

 

Timber & Steel

“Flanagan’s thoughtful songwriting and James Taylor-esque vocals land warm and familiar on the ears”

 

Rhythms Magazine

Mish & Glenn Kerley are a husband and wife duo playing mostly Country music, covering the likes of Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Dixie Chicks, Kasey Chambers, Brooks and Dunn, LeAnn Rimes, O’Shea, Sugarland and more.

There's is a true love story straight from Hollywood!. They met in a karaoke bar and the stage was set - they formed as a duo shortly after. Mish leads the way on vocals with Glenn on guitar and complimenting harmonies.

 

Mish is also a recognised actor with roles in Neighbours, Mad as Hell and House Husbands. She has performed on big stage musicals, in talent competitions and in choirs.