Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit
Saturday 11th December 2010
Basia Bulat and Melodica, Melody & Me
Doors 7:30 pm
The story: Toby moved into a flat with Transgressive Records signing Jeremy Warmsley, who in turn introduced him to fellow prospective flat-sharer, Johnny.
Eventually all choosing the same Camden abode (capped with Jeremy collaborator/Three Trapped Tigers creator Tom Rogerson as a fourth resident), Johnny was then predominantly (whilst still is) an actor who was rarely in at home, usually touring the country in plays.
One day, though, he invited Tim and Toby to witness a two-piece performance of himself and fellow friend Matt Edmonds at the Lock Tavern. The music was rousing, ramshackle, touching folk-blues-whatever, doused in innocence yet wisdom that belied years. After a particularly triumphant main support show at Blue Flowers in Chiswick alongside luminaries such as Jamie T and Adele, Transgressive offered to manage Johnny as their first (and sole) artist on such terms.
A deal was quickly sparked for two singles with Young & Lost Club for the rare ?The Epic Tale of Tom & Sue’ / ?Ode To A Mare Trod Ditch’ releases, before deal points were concluded for a fuller, multi-album arrangement with Universal, through its Vertigo Records imprint.
Flynn’s debut LP ?A Larum’ (produced by Ryan Hadlock) was released in 2008 to exceptional acclaim, and gained a prestigious Stateside release via Lost Highway Records. Tours with recording and live band The Sussex Wit (featuring Adam Beach, the aforementioned Edmonds, cellist Joe Zeitlin and Flynn’s sister Lillie) have been rapturously received, scaling extensive jaunts across North and South America, Europe and the UK.
His second album, Been Listening, was released in August this year receiving similar critical acclaim. We’re so pleased to welcome him back to Brighton.