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27 years of “travellin to Flavin” celebrated

November 17, 2014

Playing in The Old Coach Inn, Castleblayney  on Friday 21st November

Born in Ballinamuck, County Longford, Mick Flavin was just ten years old when he was handed an opportunity to sing in a competition, which was part of the nationally renowned McFadden Roadshow on a visit to Drumlish.  He won first prize and was presented with the Peuter Cup.
While at Technical School, Mick helped to form his first group “The Bright Lights” and played their first gig in Maguire’s Hall, Aughavas, County Leitrim.  He stayed with the group for eighteen months before moving to Dublin to work as a carpenter though retaining his deep rooted love of singing and music with visits to his favourite bands in the National Ballroom, Irene, Irish Club and Garda Club.
In 1987 while still gigging with the Country Travellers, a good friend and Drumlish native Declan Nerney heard Mick sing at a charity function and encouraged him to record an album.  Following his advice, Micke recorded the ten track ‘My Kind Of Country & Irish’ in the Central Studios in Athlone.  The album was an unprecendented success.
With support from entertainment manager Peter Smith of “The Mighty Avons”, a Mick Flavin band was formed and their very first professional gig was in the Farnham Arms Hotel, Cavan in March 1987.  Offers from numerous record labels subsequently arrived and a debut album was recorded with Harmac Records.  ‘I’m Gonna Make It After All’ accrued Silver Disc sales.   His second album with Harmac Records ‘You’re Only Young Once’, brought a further accolade for Mick in the form of a Gold Disc.
Ambitions to bring his music to a wider audience led Mick to sign with the prestigious Ritz Record Label, based in London under the direction of Mick Clerkin and his daughter Ann.  The debut album on the Ritz Label, ‘Travellin Light’, released in 1989 on CD and cassette was the second most important development in Mick’s career, for it catapulted him to an international level and brought many offers of television and major country festival platforms both in Ireland and Britian.  ‘Travellin Light’ became the very first Irish album to receive a Five Star Rating.
Huge attendances at Mick’s live shows became the norm and in 1989 he was on the same bill as Buck Owens, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings and Boxcar Willie at The Wembley Country Music Festival in London.
The second album with Ritz, featuring Mick and Philomena Begley was entitled ‘In Harmony’, and it was so successful that ‘Til A Tear Becomes A Rose’, a single taken from the album, was voted the most popular single in 1991 by radio DJ’s in Britain.
Further albums with Ritz followed, ‘Sweet Memories’,  ‘Mick Flavin In Concert’, released on video and audio brought hoards of musical awards and increased recoginition from the musical fraternity.  ‘Lights of Home’, Going Home Again released on video and audio, and ‘Echoes Of My Mind’ were co – operatively successful in acquiring for Mick Flavin, in 1995, five nominations in the Irish World Music Awards in Britain covering the following categories: Best Male Solo Artiste; Best Band; Best Irish Country Act; Best Live Circuit Band and Best Country Singer (Male).
Mick was also voted by readers of the ‘Irish World’ newspaper, the No. 1 Male Country Singer in Britain 1995, 1996 and 1997.  Crowned King Of Country Music, he released ‘Country All The Way’, also in 1997.
In 2005 Mick became the first Irish Country artist to be nominated for the CMA Global Artist Award in Nashville, a worldwide recognition of his contribution to country music on a global scale. In September 2006 he subsequently realised another personal dream when he travelled to Nashville to see first hand where his musical heroes had performed and walked in their footsteps.  George Hamilton IV made it possible for Mick to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and he also recorded an album entitled ‘Nashville Bound’.
More albums followed and in 2012 Mick celebrated 25 years in the Country Music business, marking the milestone with gigs in Australia, Boston and several UK tours.
27 years on and Mick is still busy gigging.  His latest album ‘The Fields Of Home’ is on now general release as the ‘travellin’ to Flavin’ era shows no sign of slowing down.

Born in Ballinamuck, County Longford, Mick Flavin was just ten years old when he was handed an opportunity to sing in a competition, which was part of the nationally renowned McFadden Roadshow on a visit to Drumlish.  He won first prize and was presented with the Peuter Cup.While at Technical School, Mick helped to form his first group “The Bright Lights” and played their first gig in Maguire’s Hall, Aughavas, County Leitrim.  He stayed with the group for eighteen months before moving to Dublin to work as a carpenter though retaining his deep rooted love of singing and music with visits to his favourite bands in the National Ballroom, Irene, Irish Club and Garda Club. In 1987 while still gigging with the Country Travellers, a good friend and Drumlish native Declan Nerney heard Mick sing at a charity function and encouraged him to record an album.  Following his advice, Micke recorded the ten track ‘My Kind Of Country & Irish’ in the Central Studios in Athlone.  The album was an unprecendented success.With support from entertainment manager Peter Smith of “The Mighty Avons”, a Mick Flavin band was formed and their very first professional gig was in the Farnham Arms Hotel, Cavan in March 1987.  Offers from numerous record labels subsequently arrived and a debut album was recorded with Harmac Records.  ‘I’m Gonna Make It After All’ accrued Silver Disc sales.   His second album with Harmac Records ‘You’re Only Young Once’, brought a further accolade for Mick in the form of a Gold Disc.Ambitions to bring his music to a wider audience led Mick to sign with the prestigious Ritz Record Label, based in London under the direction of Mick Clerkin and his daughter Ann.  The debut album on the Ritz Label, ‘Travellin Light’, released in 1989 on CD and cassette was the second most important development in Mick’s career, for it catapulted him to an international level and brought many offers of television and major country festival platforms both in Ireland and Britian.  ‘Travellin Light’ became the very first Irish album to receive a Five Star Rating.Huge attendances at Mick’s live shows became the norm and in 1989 he was on the same bill as Buck Owens, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings and Boxcar Willie at The Wembley Country Music Festival in London. The second album with Ritz, featuring Mick and Philomena Begley was entitled ‘In Harmony’, and it was so successful that ‘Til A Tear Becomes A Rose’, a single taken from the album, was voted the most popular single in 1991 by radio DJ’s in Britain.Further albums with Ritz followed, ‘Sweet Memories’,  ‘Mick Flavin In Concert’, released on video and audio brought hoards of musical awards and increased recoginition from the musical fraternity.  ‘Lights of Home’, Going Home Again released on video and audio, and ‘Echoes Of My Mind’ were co – operatively successful in acquiring for Mick Flavin, in 1995, five nominations in the Irish World Music Awards in Britain covering the following categories: Best Male Solo Artiste; Best Band; Best Irish Country Act; Best Live Circuit Band and Best Country Singer (Male).Mick was also voted by readers of the ‘Irish World’ newspaper, the No. 1 Male Country Singer in Britain 1995, 1996 and 1997.  Crowned King Of Country Music, he released ‘Country All The Way’, also in 1997.In 2005 Mick became the first Irish Country artist to be nominated for the CMA Global Artist Award in Nashville, a worldwide recognition of his contribution to country music on a global scale. In September 2006 he subsequently realised another personal dream when he travelled to Nashville to see first hand where his musical heroes had performed and walked in their footsteps.  George Hamilton IV made it possible for Mick to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and he also recorded an album entitled ‘Nashville Bound’.More albums followed and in 2012 Mick celebrated 25 years in the Country Music business, marking the milestone with gigs in Australia, Boston and several UK tours.27 years on and Mick is still busy gigging.  His latest album ‘The Fields Of Home’ is on now general release as the ‘travellin’ to Flavin’ era shows no sign of slowing down.

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