Darren A. Flynn (formerly of Italian/Irish Americana act Mongrel State) is set to release “Big Blue Moon” on March 25th, marking his first proper return to the Irish music scene since literally dropping dead in 2018.
Big Blue Moon, which draws on influences from the likes of classic Americana and Bluegrass music (such as the Flying Burrito Brothers, the Dillards and even a little bit of Sweetheart of the Rodeo-era Byrds) and more modern rock (such as early Kings of Leon), has an energetic sound somewhere towards the poppier end of the turf occupied by the likes of Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and The National Parks.
The song was written, produced and recorded by Darren, mixed by Alan Gregson (famous for producing the seminal “Brimful of Asha” by Cornershop) and mastered by Richard Dowling at WAV mastering.
It features guest banjo playing by the incredible Johnny Butten – recognized by Guinness World Records as the Worlds Fastest Banjo Player – who has played with the likes of Hayseed Dixie, Oakridge Boys and Albert Lee, among others.
The track also features guest vocals by Tim Cullen (The Hot Sprockets), JM Burr (Lugosi) and folk singer Michelle Gahan.
Speaking about his joy at finally being able to release music again, Darren commented: “I’m absolutely thrilled! It took me about a year to fully recover after my heart attack, and just around the time I was feeling ready to dip my toe back in the water, feckin’ COVID happened! There were so many times over the last few years when I’d almost given up hope. I’m so glad that, finally, I’m able to get out there and have my music heard again”.
Darren has performed live & recorded sessions for National Irish TV & Radio and appeared on most local radio stations across the country.
He has performed at several Irish festivals such as The Electric Picnic, Kilkenny Roots Festival, Vantastival, Sligo Live & Doolin Folk Festival, as well as internationally.