Old Man Flanagan's Ghost
$25 Advance / $30 Door
Old Man Flanagan's Ghost have been bringing a taste of Celtic music to Ontario audiences for years, as well as internationally via radio and digital media play. They feature a dynamic fiddle performance by Brooke Richardson and Bexy Ashworth, the talented multi-instrumentalist Matti Palonen on tin whistle, double-bass, harp, kantele, and jouhikko, Scot Allan on bodhrán, drums, and other percussion, and Stephen Lamb on guitar and lead vocals.
Best described as ‘high-energy Celtic folk’, they combine the sound of traditional folk instruments with a passionate intensity. Yet don’t be fooled, for when the mood shifts to folk-style story-telling songs, the haunting melodies and warm vocals created by these musicians would "bring a tear to a glass-eye."
Proudly several generations Canadian, they have members with ancestry from Scotland, Ireland and Finland, and have been featured on ‘The Celtic Music Journal’ (an online video journal whose primary goal is to bring global attention and recognition to Celtic music in all it’s forms, and to the artists who make it), and appeared on several episodes of The Irish and Celtic Music Podcast.
With their rendition of classic Celtic and east coast covers, traditional fiddle tunes, and a variety of original tunes dubbed ‘Music with a Celtic Heart’, they often invite the audience to participate in a fun, energetic stage show, that can be enjoyed by all.
Imagine the smell of the sea, cold pints of beer, old shipwrecks, stories of love and loss, and boisterous friends sharing a laugh and a song. Now mix it with an instrumentation that takes you on a journey east, and a feeling of being welcomed into your neighbour’s home for a kitchen party, THAT is the essence of Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost.