Mick Flavin at The Times

Mick Flavin for The Times.
Mick Flavin grew up in a thatched farmhouse in Ballinamuck, Co. Longford.

Mick Flavin grew up in a thatched farmhouse in Ballinamuck, Co. Longford.

His early home life was centred on an old record player and this influenced his interest in music and in people like Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Hank Williams and Tex Ritter.

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.

He acquired a trade to support his music and concentrated on qualifying as a carpenter.

Mick subsequently 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.

And, in June of that year they went in to a recording studio in Athlone and put down 10 tracks for an album that was released at Christmas.

This recording was an unprecedented success on the pirate radio stations and Flavin subsequently signed to the Harmac and Ritz Record labels, recording a total of 12 albums and 3 videos. Famous for many hit songs including ‘The Old Schoolyard’, ‘Maria’s Heading Out To California’, ‘Try It You’ll Like It’, ‘Lucky Break’ and many more.

Mick Flavin is the big attraction at The Times Hotel, Tipperary town on this coming Sunday night, November 10.