(S’n’O) So who are Kevin Flynn and the Avondale Ramblers? (KF) The Avondale Ramblers had been around for a year or two before I joined them in 06′. They had been backing a girl who was supposed to be the next Shania Twain – or something like that… Andrew Gerber plays the mandolin, Frederick Frey is the percussionist, Nils St. Cyr plays guitars and Sean Mulroney plays stand-up baby-bass. The band hails from the Avondale neighborhood in Chicago. I was born, raised and died (time of death TBD..) in the Windy City.
(S’n’O) What inspired the formation of the band?Describe your sound (and influences)?
Andy was looking for someone to replace their frontwoman after she fled to the West Coast. He had always wanted to do Irish music and knew I was available. I had been recording with him for years and we used to talk about Irish music and our Irish heritage all the time. Andy called me up and we got together and talked about the Pogues, Clancy Brothers, Dubliners, and the Tossers (who he had been recording in his studio for the past coupke of years). I said that I wanted to sing songs about Chicago. My family’s been here a long time – we can’t even trace the Flynn roots back to Ireland. Chicago’s all I’ve ever known… By the next week, we were rehearsing. Andy had hand-picked these guys from his years of playing and recording. We sounded great right off the bat. (S’n’O) What going on with the band right now (recording, touring etc)? We’re a couple of weeks away from finishing the album. It sounds terrific. This is the first time we’ve done a full-length and I think we nalied it. We’re looking to tour the East Coast and Midwest in the fall to help promote it. The Avondale Ramblers and I just played Irish Fest at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago – and killed it! We’ve got a couple more fests to play this summer and Guinness Fest here in September.
(S’n’O) What song in you catalog best defines your sound (and why)?
There’s a song on the new album titled “Notes From an Insomniac/Insomniac Blues” that sounds like the Clancy Brothers playing with Ry Cooder. It has that,”Irish folk meets-barroom rockabilly” sound that’s often prevalent in our music. The Avondale Ramblers come from a rock, blues and country background. Combine that with my acoustic storytelling, and there you have it! If you’re looking for one on our existing catalogue, I would say “Stand Tall” does it. Soapbox – anything you’d like to say? Cheers – Here’s to you!
More magic from Chicago. This time from way up on the Northside. We are long time fans of Kevin Flynn and the Bhoys here at Shite’n’Onions and we are happy to report we continue to be fans. If you are familiar with the music of Kevin Flynn then The Broken Pavement of Avondale is very much in the style of past releases (The Murderer, The Thief, The Minstrels and the Rest and Don’t Count Me Out). If your not familiar with Kevin well let me introduce you – the Chicago River runs green through Kevin’s veins and through the medium of Celtic-folk’n’roll he tells of tales of his working class Catholic neighborhood and the folks that inhabited it – gangsters, priest and politicians. Highlights of The Broken Pavement of Avondale – 5 Weeks 5 Days (about the struggle to be good and get through lent), Pope of the Windy City (’bout Richard J. Daley the legendary mayor) and Don’t Bury Me Outside of Chicago (just in case KF ups and dies this little number tells us what to do with his corpse). Studs Lonigan with a guitar.
Live at the Double Door is, well, obviously a live CD from Kevin Flynn and his crew of gritty, Windy City, Celtic-punks. Kevin Flynn specializes in dirty, Chicago-Irish, mostly acoustic Celtic-rock with the edge of a rusty razor – not only will it cut you bad but you’ll end up with tetanus. Haven’t heard Kevin Flynn then live at the Double Door is a great place to start……just be careful.
Kevin Flynn and the Avondale Ramblers play self-described “Chicago-Irish” music – this sound is very much rooted in the traditions of the Ol’ Sod but the attitude and the inspiration is very much in the underbelly of Chicago – on ” The Murderer, The Thief, The Minstrels and The Rest”, Kevin Flynn and his band of punks will take you on a tour of the dive bars of the North Side and will introduce you to drunks, killers and barroom hustlers, sleazy lawyers (Money Malone), musicians way past their glory days, crooked cops and pol’s and if you do make it back unscarred check your wallet – it’s gone.
The name is a little deceptive here. Yeah it Irish, very Irish in that over 60’s, your granny will love this music it sense. Mostly likely your granny won’t love this music unless she’s cool and enjoys dirty, rough-edged, bomb-chucking political, post-Pogues, Chicago/Irish influenced folk. Aaron Duggins from The Tossers guests on 2 of the 5 tracks and if that not an endorsement I don’t know what is.