Mick Flavin, who appears at The Times Hotel, Tipperary next Sunday night, December 29, grew up in a thatched farmhouse in Ballinamuck, Co. Longford.
His early home life was centred around an old record player and this influenced his interest in music and in people like Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Hank Williams and Tex Ritter.
On his way to the well for water he always held the bucket over his head so he could hear the reverberation of the sound when he sang.
His first guitar cost the princely sum of £4 and he learned to play it from a guitar tutor he bought in Denniston’s Music Shop in Longford. From the expertise he acquired playing his guitar and singing, 16 year old Mick got an offer to play in a local band.
To support his music he acquired a trade and concentrated on qualifying as a carpenter.
On returning to his native Longford in the mid-seventies Mick secured employment with Longford County Council and sang and played on a part time basis.
In 1986 following a charity night in Cairnhill in Drumlish, Mick was encouraged by Declan Nerney to record his first album. In June of that year they went in to a recording studio in Athlone and put down 10 tracks, which were released at Christmas of the same year.
Also coming to The Times over the christmas and new year
On Sunday, 5th January there is a great double attraction at The Times in Tipperary - Jason McGilligan and the Hot Band with special guest, ‘The True Voice of Irish Country,’ Joe Moore.
And don’t forget to make a date for Sunday, 12th January when The Times bring back by popular demand Michael English. Always guarantees a great night’s entertainment so don’t miss out!