Pic: John Flanagan
John Flanagan has the sweetest vocals on this side of the black-stump. His voice is light and rich with a high timbre. He loves being compared to James Taylor.
John is Melbourne based folk-bluegrass artist who performs with his four-piece outfit, The Begin Agains. They are about to launch their Young Minds EP at Burrinja Gallery this Saturday night and at Spenser’s Live next Saturday, May 26th.
John performed four songs live on The Dotted Line on his banjo and acoustic guitar. He explained that there are so many layers of sounds and vocal melodies on their songs that he had to be careful which songs he could play solo! He even tried to recruit The Dotted Line’s sound tech, Luke Tylim, as a ring-in backing vocalist.
We heard him perform a stripped-back version of I Used To Believe, in which he swapped his banjo for his guitar. He did however bring out the banjo for Autumn Song.
The singing teacher loves the Beatles, Alison Krause and blueman, Keb Mo. The Begin Agains performed across the Folk Fest circuit last summer, including Woodford and Cygnet. He hopes to get over to the US later and get into some music there.
A Community Cabinet
Prime Minister Julia Gillard brought her front bench to meet the local community at a Community Cabinet meeting at Timbarra College in Berwick. I had just rushed from the meeting, straight in to host The Dotted Line.
I was hoping to speak with Communications Minister, Senator Conroy, about budget cuts to community radio airplay service, AMRAP. Although I didn’t get a chance to get in the ear of the senator, it was a surreal experience to be seated in front of one of the people who paved the way for Australian music- MP Peter Garrett! Strange and true.