Ian Flanigan “inspires a nostalgic sentiment akin to wistful escapism... emotional without being weepy, vulnerable without being pitiful, and conceptual while still remaining relatable” (Gallagher, SUNY editorial). Flanigan's sound—an eclectic blend of progressive folk and percussive finger style—is reminiscent of the road less traveled, paved with poignant lyrical truths of his past. Local to upstate New York, Flanigan's songwriting features husky vocals and evocative lyrics that high-light the rural landscapes of his compositions. Each song serenades the unity of life and an affinity for atonement—a sound that's provocative, and familiar. This year he celebrates his place as a Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk Festival finalist, as well as an Emerging Artist for Falcon Ridge Folk festival. Flanigan has had the pleasure of sharing stages with Corey Glover, Sean Rowe, The Pedrito Martinez Group, Session Americana, Chris Knight, and Dwight Yoakam.
Flanigan is a celebrated musician among venues, fans, private event coordinators, brides and grooms, thinkers, dreamers, birthday celebrators, BnBs, and music lovers alike. As reflected by his outstanding reviews, his most desirable qualities include, but are not limited to his professionalism, reliability, calm and charismatic demeanor, performance experience, and talent.
When booking you can expect great, timely communication. Ian is able to supply his own high quality sound and will accommodate song requests. Ian is typically hired for his original compositions, but will learn material upon request. Please do not hesitate to inquire, we look forward to speaking with you about how we can enhance your perfect event.