Murderer the Thief the Minstrels & Rest
"We're a Chicago-Irish band." That's how front man Kevin Flynn best describes the Celtic inspired sound of Kevin Flynn and The Avondale Ramblers. Based out of the Avondale neighborhood on Chicago's north side, KF & The Ramblers bring a rollicking take on Gaelic music that reflects the working-class, religious, drunken, sometimes violent (yet always somewhat beautiful) aspects of their city. Though the band's sound is steeped in the influence of traditional Irish music, their songs are anything but traditional... "We kind of look at our music the same way Led Zeppelin looked at theirs," says Flynn. "The basis of their sound was the blues - but they expanded on it. They took it into new and interesting areas. That's what we try to do with Celtic/Gaelic music." It's certainly something they accomplish. Country, folk, gospel and rock seem to meld seamlessly with their Irish tunes. The lyrical perspective is also unique: "We're from here - so our songs are about Chicago, not Ireland," continues Flynn. "Instead of singing about Ireland's pubs, rolling fields and characters we sing about the Harp & Shamrock, Michigan Avenue and Mayor Daley. We don't sing with a brogue - we sing with our Midwestern accents.' Along with lead singer/guitarist Kevin Flynn, the Avondale Ramblers are comprised of a stellar cast of veteran players from the Chicago music scene including members of MILLION YEN, NASH KATO BAND and MARY TYLER MORPHINE.