The Hoggler's Tale

Tunes for a Monday Morning

Here's music to kick off a brand new year in the beautiful British countryside: two songs from Johnny Flynn's  terrific new album, Country Mile.

Above, a video made for the album's title song. Below, a simple but lovely performance of "Einstein's Idea."

Flynn was born in South Africa, raised in Hampshire, UK, and is now based in London -- where he divides his time between theatre and music. As an actor, he's performed Shakespeare at The Globe, The Apollo Theatre, and other venues, and was nominated for the Olivier Award for his role in Jerusalem. As a singer/songwriter, he's released four good CDs with his backing band, The Sussex Wit. To learn more about Flynn, go here.

Below, "The Water" (from Been Listening), performed at a folk festival in Lewes this past summer.  That's Flynn's sister Lillie singing harmony, and Marcus Mumford joining in.

Alas, it's a perfect song for south-west England now, where we're having terrible flooding and water is much on our minds....

Winter rains filling the streamsRain filling the streams to bursting on our hill -- making for a green but soggy winter.