Derry-bound Mick Flannery knocks Madonna off top spot

Photographs for Mick Flannery's 'White Lies album. 'Taken July 2008 in Dublin
Photographs for Mick Flannery's 'White Lies album. 'Taken July 2008 in Dublin

Jet-propelled by a multimillion-dollar international marketing budget, Madonna’s new album, MDNA, rocketed to the top of the Irish album charts last week.

Now she has been unceremoniously kicked off the top spot by Mick Flannery, who is set to play An Culturlann, on Great James Street on Saturday May 5, as part of City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival.

“It’s very difficult to take in, it’s a strange experience to hear you’re number one,” said Mick Flannery, who when not writing and performing works as a stonemason. Flannery’s album, Red To Blue, is his third release and marks his continuing development as one of the very best Irish singer-songwriters of his generation. A gimmick-free performer who has little time for the promo push of social networking sites, he relies on word-of-mouth for sales of his exquisitely sculpted work.

Mick Flannery plays An Culturlann, Great James St, Derry on Saturday May 5. Support from Best Boy Grip and Declan McLaughlin. Advance tickets (£8) are on sale now at An Culturlann and online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/160143