Eamonn Flynn was born into a musical family in Dublin, Ireland. He first came to prominence playing Hammond organ and piano on the 14 million selling movie soundtrack The Commitments. After moving to San Francisco, California in 1997 he went on to record and tour worldwide with a long list of artists including Michael Franti and Spearhead, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Elvin Bishop, Bernard Purdie, Grant Green Jr., Coco Montoya, Michelle Shocked, Pee Wee Ellis, Donald Harrison, Maria Muldaur, Finbar Furey, Honey Island Swamp Band, Tony Lindsay (Santana), The Black Family and a 10 year stint with Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste. He has brought music to San Francisco public schools as part of the San Francisco Symphony's AIMS program and his original music has been placed on TV shows such as Ugly Betty and Moonlight.
In 2017 he stepped out as a singer and songwriter, releasing his first solo album of original music entitled "The Irish Channel". In December 2019 he followed this up with the critically acclaimed album 'Black Coddle'.
F E A T U R E D R E V I E W S
"Black Coddle masterfully builds upon the The Irish Channel's groundwork but now with the added excitement of having compositions with more complete arrangements brought to life by a world class array of musicians."
Blue In Green Radio
"Black Coddle is a tasty, really fun and diverse album. It’s a piano-driven collection of original songs and a few instrumental pieces. There’s plenty of diverse instrumentation here such as uilleann pipes, electric guitar, whistles, bass, drums and even a little brass. Black Coddle draws it’s inspiration equally from Irish music as well as American soul and funk, blues as well as many other influences. There’s some powerhouse performances here not only from Eamonn but all the musicians on it from both the US and Ireland including: Róisín O’, Shay Black, Michael Black, Conor Brady, Andrew MacNamara and Chris Cain."
"An admirable addition to the catalogue of exciting new works coming from Irish artists." - Hot Press
Black Coddle, a poignant song moving with true emotional
register across history, folklore and poetry; a (literal) gritty quality to the title evoking triumph over poverty where, with true Dublin savvy, a shake of black soot across the coddle-dinner on the fire from a tenement chimney
was still deemed good enough to eat. And sing about!
- Deirdre Cronin, Irish Music Magazine
“An unlikely fusion of R&B, gospel and Irish music that sounds so natural and obvious it makes you wonder where this music has been all this time. Flynn has sensitively and ingeniously reharmonized a host of trad Irish favorites, with hauntingly affecting results. I can't describe how strongly (or why) it feels like home to me. Even if it doesn't affect you the same way, it's delightful and worthy of your attention."
- Ken Hughes, Keyboard Magazine
"Black Coddle" is a striking new song from the band's piano player, Flynn, another displaced Dubliner who features on almost every track. Michael's strong tenor voice is showcased with Roisin O and Aoife Scott on backing vocals. John McCusker plays poignantly on fiddle and whistles and Duncan Wickel adds a lovely cello line. This song covers a lot of Dublin territory, past and present. It's a fine example of a contemporary song with a shot at becoming an immediate classic, like Aoife Scott's Down by the Shellybanks or Mick Fitzgerald's Black Dodder Flowing."
Tom Clancy (review of Glackanacker by Shay and Michael Black)
E V E N T S
25 January 2020 - With Tony Lindsay at Cafe Stritch, San Jose, CA
26 January 2020 - With Josh Zee at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA
12 February 2020 - Empress Theater, Vallejo, CA
14 February 2020 - With Michael Black and Gerry Carthy at Legal Tender Saloon, Lamy, NM
15 February 2020 - With Michael Black at The Performance Space, Santa Fe, NM
22 February 2020 - With Shay and Michael Black and solo at Chief O Neill Festival in Tiburon, CA
29 February 2020 - With Shay and Michael Black at United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA
1 March 2020 - With Shay and Michael Black at house concert in San Francisco, CA
6 March 2020 - With Shay and Michael Black at Caspar Inn, Caspar, CA
7 March 2020 - With Shay and Michael Black at Pacifica Performances at Occidental Center for the Arts, Occidental, CA
8 March 2020 - With Shay and Michael Black at house concert in Auburn, CA
10 March 2020 - With Shay and Michael Black at Michael's On Main, Soquel, CA
14 March 2020 - With Shay and Michael Black at Pacifica Performances at Mildred Owen Concert Hall, Pacifica, CA - CANCELLED
15 March 2020 - With Shay and Michael Black at the Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, CA - CANCELLED
17 March 2020 - Plough and Stars, San Francisco, CA - CANCELLED
25 April 2020 - United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA CANCELLED
18 January 2019 - with Ray Charles Project at Pacifica Performances at Mildred Owen Concert Hall, Pacifica, CA
10 January 2010 - 'Black Coddle' album release show at United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
19 December 2019 - Armando's, Martinez, CA
3 October 2019 - Armando's, Martinez, CA
19, 20 September 2019 - (w' Tony Lindsay) - Pizza Express, London, UK
24 August 2019 - Lucca's, Benecia, CA
14 August 2019 - Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, CA
5 July 2019 - Lucca's, Benecia, CA
28 June 2019 - Lucca's, Benecia, CA
26 June 2019 - with Bro. Theodore - Impulse Room, Walnut Creek, CA
24 June 2019- w' Tony Lindsay - Yoshi's, Oakland, CA
15 June 2019 - solo piano - Last Church, San Francisco, CA
N E W S
April 2020 - Like everyone else Covid 19 shut down most in person gigs for the foreseeable future. Check Facebook for live online shows:
March 2020 - Release of the album Glackanacker by Shay and Michael Black which features a version of Eamonn's song 'Black Coddle'.
Jan 2020 - New album "Black Coddle" out now and getting great reviews, airplay and love! Album release show at San Francisco's United Irish Cultural Center with some special guests helping out on backing vocals; Mary Black, Róisín O, Shay Black and Micheal Black.
June 2019 - Finishing work on a new album with musicians from both the U.S. and Ireland. Mixing by John Porter (The Smiths, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Roxy Music, and Ryan Adams).
May 2017 - New solo album "The Irish Channel" out now. Recorded at Studio D, Sausalito. it features Eamonn on piano and vocals and background vocals from Omega Rae and Kimiko Joy.
March 2016 - Black Family 1916 Centenary Tour. Shows with Johnny Rawls, Tony Lindsay, North Bay All Stars.
August 2015 - Gigs with Finbar Furey, Honey Island Swamp Band, Zigaboo Modeliste. Soundtrack recording work on 'Brujo'.
February 2014 - Gigs with Bernard Purdie, Grant Green Jr. and Daniel Caseres. Fillmore show for Los Lobos 40th anniversary with Zigaboo Modeliste, Taj Mahal, Boz Scaggs and Los Lobos.