Cork singer songwriter Mick Flannery has secured his fifth Top 5 album with his new live record ‘Alive – Cork Opera House 2019’, coming in at Number 3 on the Official Album Charts this week, and is also this week’s best-seller on physical formats, landing it at No 1 position on the Independent Charts. The album is a fully independent release, with all proceeds being distributed to Mick’s band and crew.
The award-winning double platinum selling artist has celebrated three No 1 records: ‘Red To Blue’ (2012), ‘By The Rule’ (2014), and last year’s stunning self-titled album ‘Mick Flannery’ (2019). ‘I Own You’ charted at No 3 (2016).
Mick says: “Thank you to everyone who picked up a copy of this in whichever way. It’s much appreciated”
Ray O’Brien, owner of Music Zone Cork said: “We are really delighted to be stockists of Mick Flannery’s Alive album, helping Mick shine a light on the plight of musicians and crews and all affected in this special sector… People of Cork and Ireland really responded as we sold a load of it!”
The new live album, a fully independent release, is a profit share, in support and gratitude to those who play an integral part in his career. Flannery’s band and crew are: Yvonne Daly (vocals), his aunt and backing singer since his debut release ‘Evening Train’ in 2005; Karen O’Doherty (violins, synthesiser, vocals) who has been performing with Mick for 17 years; Christian Best (drums) an award-winning music producer, drummer, mixer and owner of Monique Studios in Cork, who has been performing with Mick since 2007; and more recent members: Alan Comerford (electric guitar, vocals) member of the RTE Choice Award winning band O Emperor; Mike O’Connell (bass, vocals) who has worked with many Irish artists, such as Jack O’Rourke, Niall McCabe, The Hard Ground and Tiz McNamara; Phil Christie (keyboards, vocals) member of the RTE Choice Award winning band O Emperor, and now The Bonk; and Matthew Berrill (saxophone, clarinet) who has worked with numerous acclaimed Irish artists including John Blek, Pauline Scanlon, Anna Mullarkey and The Whileaways.
Also included in the profit share are Mick’s engineers, who work tirelessly behind the scenes, Chloe Nagle, John Fitzgerald, and Sandra O’Mahony.
Christian Best (Drummer and long-time collaborator and producer) says: “It’s a well-deserved piece of positivity in a fairly bleak landscape of the current music scene, It is an honour to be a part of it.’
The 17-track live album, recorded in front of a sold-out audience in 2019, features stand out songs ‘There Must Be More’ and ‘In the Gutter’, and witty interludes ‘Brad Pitt from the Neck Down’ and ‘Dead Thing Missing’, written by Mick’s friend Andrew House for their “Side Project” Christy Skulls.
Mick is currently back in the studio with SON (aka Susan O’Neill), laying down tracks for a full album of duets. Since the release of their song ‘Baby Talk’ in February this year, they’ve been working on a full collection of songs. This record will be out later in 2021.
The pair recently performed on Other Voice’s ‘Courage’ series, live from the Crawford Gallery, Cork. The performance will air on RTÉ 2 this Thursday, 6th August.
Mick Flannery’s seventh album ‘Alive – Cork Opera House 2019’ is out now.
Buy/stream at: https://smarturl.it/AliveMickFlannery