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Brian Flanagan

Brian Flanagan is an Irish songwriter, composer, vocalist, musician and poet. He has worked with artists from diverse musical backgrounds such as Michael Flatley, Nadine Coyle, Eric Bibb, Nathan Carter, Finbar Furey, Brian Kennedy and Sharon Shannon.

Brian is renowned for his ability to write to order, emotionally charged pieces that are immediately engaging. He scored a Christmas top 10 for Síle Seoige & Friends in 2014 with ‘Maybe This Christmas’ and has 4 iTunes no 1 tracks to his name.

Brian Flanagan

- one of the most talented writers in Ireland.

"Brian has got a truly wonderful voice, he can really grab hold of a song and take it to the top." Eric Bibb, Gospel/Folk/Blues Legende

"Flanagan’s grasp of structure and internal rhyme is head and shoulders above most of his contemporaries." The Irish Times

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"Where Dreams Are Made"

"Love, loss, self-pity, recognising chances and taking them - or not, almost mystical nature experiences, life-changing encounters, art and artists, environmental protection, human rights: it is truly a broad, moving and very current spectrum of themes which Irish singer-songwriter Brian Flanagan has worked through in the eleven tracks of his first Super-Audio CD. Until recently he has released a string of successful singles.

The melodies are catchy but not banal. After having listened to the album a few times you'll find many of the wonderful tunes continually rotating around in your head - getting more familiar and enjoyable with each turn. That is of course also due to Flanagan's warm and velvety voice, the soft background choirs and the unassuming but wonderfully musical and supportive instrumental backing.
Good examples are the haunting lamentations of the flute on the title track "Where Dreams Are Made", the crystal-clear yet warm Irish pipes in "Flowers In The Window" - a piece in memory of a friend, and the piano dripping notes like a tap in the self-searching "Whole Lot Of Livin'". The harmonium in "Lagan Love" is played by Flanagan himself, conjuring up the picture of mists rising from the river.
The listening experience gets a further deeper dimension if you read the song lyrics with their surprising images in the graphically opulent SACD-booklet. Brian Flanagan often sings quite quickly - with sometimes unexpected stops and starts. He occasionally throws in Irish words like "grá" (love), and not only in the traditional "Lagan Love".

Brian Flanagan's curriculum vitae doesn't reveal all that much, but after reading about and above all listening to the album, you feel you know him pretty well. In the booklet he divulges what inspired him to each song - often very personal experiences - a wealth of information for music lovers. " Anne-Lise Eriksen

Super-Audio-CD Hybrid: SACD Stereo + 5.1 Surround + CD-Layer
SFR 357.4091.2  •  total time 41:59

Stockfisch-Records has published this production as a Hybrid-SACD. Listeners who own a multi-channel system can enjoy the 5.1 multi-channel layer, which presents the warm sonic panorama in a wider format.

P.S. Brian Flanagan's Stockfisch production was featured in the October 2017 edition of the magazine "Audio" as one of the audiophile CDs of the month - and was additionally praised as "special sound tip"!

musicians

performing on "Where Dreams Are Made":

Brian Flanagan  -  vocals, guitar, Indian harmonium  /  Jens Kommnick  -  guitars, uilleann pipes, banjo, bouzouki  /  Lutz Möller  -  piano, keyboard  /  Jean Kelly  -  harp  /  Ian Melrose  -  electric-guitar, lap steel guitar, flute  /  Lea Morris  -  backing vocals  /  Hans-Jörg Maucksch  -  fretless & electric bass  /  Sven von Samson  -  percussion