With a combination of lyrical honesty and charming melodies, Lizzie Flynn writes songs that blend a little satirical storytelling with a lot of joyful emotion. Her latest album, You & The Open Sky, is a collection of original songs, which weave audiences through toe-tapping country to tender ballads with songs of lessons learnt and love lost.
She has been a vocalist and songwriter for a variety of bands and theatrical productions, and has toured throughout Australia. Most recently she has performed at the 2019 Fairbridge Festival in Western Australia, Perisher Peak Festival in her duo Fly Little Sparrow, and in the Qld Cabaret Festival with her Cabaret project ‘It Takes a Lot Not To End Up Dead’.
Other festivals she has performed at include Maleny Music Festival (QLD), Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival (NSW), Folk by the Sea (Kiama, NSW), Bellingen Turtle Festival (NSW), Coast Acoustic Music Festival (QLD), Cygnet Folk Festival (Tasmania) and Illawarra Folk Festivals (NSW) with her band, Lizzie Flynn & The Reckoning.
Lizzie has produced several independent albums, including Hush, which received an Arts Queensland Grant, with the title track being called ‘stunning’ by Noel Mengel of The Courier Mail.
Soundly crafted alt-country ballads and fun folk-tinged melodies float pleasingly across nine tracks. Flynn’s tone and phrasing are reminiscent of Suzanne Vega with clarity to match our wide northern skies. Rhythms Magazine
Her angelic vocals and heartfelt matter leave no dry eye in the house. ausmusic.org
The bright and breezy vocals of Brisbane-based musician Lizzie Flynn convey a welcoming and open conversation. Soundly crafted alt-country ballads and fun folk-tinged melodies float pleasingly across nine tracks. Flynn’s tone and phrasing are reminiscent of Suzanne Vega with a clarity to match our wide northern skies. Upper range harmonies visit Stiff Gins territory, as on ‘Diamond’ – a breathy ode to a delicate shining lover. Banjo, mandolin and double bass roll along a country road. Guitar and snare drum shuffle between fine fiddle on ‘Awakening’. (“Nothing screams like you and the open sky, ‘Surrender!”’) ‘Beautiful Something’ beckons with immediacy from measured piano intro to unabashed vocal. A hint of steel guitar adds to the sense of longing. ‘It Takes A Lot Not To End Up Dead’ is a made-to-order festival sing-along with electric guitar bridge. Opening track ‘Prisoner In My Own Town’ was shortlisted in the 2016 Vanda and Young Songwriter Awards. Chris Lambie