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The best kept secret in music


"An American Wake CD Release"

An American Wake in the new March/April) issue of Performing Songwriter. "An intoxicating combination of Celtic and techno is what you'll find..." and "the album shines with all the brilliance of Irish emeralds under a flashing strobe light." It's listed as one of the Top 12 DIY picks and also states that "New England folk favorite Ellis Paul stops by to sing backing vocals on "Father of Mine", a tune sure to bring a tear to the eye of even the toughest tough guy." - Performing Songwriter

"Let The Show Begin"

Reflecting wisdom and heart, this passionate voice, woven into a rich, resonant sound texture, calls back memories of Bono and the mellower side of U2. His lyrics- and even more so, his voice- are so upfront and honest that you'll be helplessly moved,uplifted and motivated to go do something incredible. There is real meat and intelligence to these musical bones. Don't miss this talented and genuine artist. -

""Inspirational Boston band""

"Flynn's uplifting-without-sounding-naive songs, offering a fresh fusion of radio-friendly pop, Celtic rock and electronic flourishes, should serve as balm to those seeking musical solace." - Boston Herald


"mesmerizing", "Flynn knows the value of a good hook and he incorporates hypnotic twists and turns into each of his songs" - Metronome Magazine

"Steve Morse"

One of "Boston's best upcoming singer/songwriter, rockers" - The Boston Globe


"And if you don't go to and order Flynn's new disc "Let the Show Begin," you're missing one of the best rising artists in the business. The first track, "Human," would be a No. 1 hit if small labels were allowed to be aired, and "Pompei," "Time to Move On" and "Sleep with Angels" are all very, very good". - Peter Gammons

"The Boston Phoenix"

“You know those people who are always bragging that they got to see some phenomenally famous and play some tiny local club before they made it big? Jewel at the Kendall Café. Bob Dylan at Club Passim. U2 at the Paradise. Someday, Flynn could very well be one of those bands. So seize the opportunity to see these guys on small stages around town while you can. Led by former Cliffs of Dooneen frontman Flynn (né Martin Crotty), the eponymous band has rocked venues across the city, leaving wowed audiences in its wake. But given the band's talent, its relative anonymity is bound to dissolve soon enough (three songs in the Radio City Music Hall-bound Spider-Man Live -- and on the soundtrack -- should help towards that end), so catch 'em while you can.” - Best of Boston Guide


An American Wake - 2005
Let The Show Begin - 2003
On Your Way - 2001


Feeling a bit camera shy


A talented and passionate musician, Flynn emigrates to America to fulfill his dreams of making it in the music business and co-founds a band in Boston, The Cliffs of Dooneen. Immediately, in a town of thousands of bands, "The Cliffs" win several high profile awards at the Boston Music Awards while selling out almost every venue in town. Next comes a major label record deal, with Critique/BMG and the release of their debut recording "The Dog Went East and God Went West". The first single, "Through an Open Window", was an immediate hit at radio, landing in the Top 10 of Billboardis Modern Rock charts. Next, Flynn is seen constantly in the press, on MTV and on stages across the country. While touring America, he hears his bands' music on the radio nationwide.. his dream is fulfilled... or so it would seem.

As our true "Behind the Music" story continues, there is the proverbial twist... It has nothing to do with drugs, sex or lawsuits, but rather a life altering accident that very nearly left Flynn paralyzed for life. The nightmare involved falling 35 feet from a ladder at his house in Boston. It caused one of his center vertebrae to burst leaving two fragments of bone pushing in on his spinal chord. Flynn spent 10 hours in surgery followed by weeks in the hospital. Then there were months of struggling to regain movement in his arms and hands and his ability to walk again. Always a fighter, Flynn went on a maniacal journey to rehabilitate his body and regain his ability to make music again. With his back shattered and his future uncertain, Flynn's musical dreams came together stronger and he started his amazing recovery back into the music world. With daily rehabilitation and constant pain still racking his body he finished up his first solo album "On your Way".

Flynn released his debut CD "On Your Way" in the Fall of 2001, exactly 2 years from the date of the accident that changed his life forever. Only six months later, this release wins Flynn a prestigious Boston Music Award as the "Outstanding Debut Album of the Year". This was quite a feat in Boston, one of the most highly competitive American music scenes. The music editor of the Boston Globe has gone so far as to state, "One of Boston's best upcoming singer/songwriter, rockers. The recent Boston Music Award winner Flynn is certainly deserving of that accolade. Flynn sounds like he is ready to go national."

The fall of 2002 saw Flynn's music as a major part of the live-action theatrical debut of Spider-Man Live! This Broadway spectacular graced the stages of 45+ U.S. cities. Flynn was asked by the Ideal Entertainment producers to write three songs for the production. These songs became the backbone of this blockbuster stage show and were featured prominently in the performance, the television and radio ads and a compact disc of the Spider-Man Live music. There were ten shows a week in most major American markets with venues ranging from New York's Radio City Music Hall to the Wang Center in Boston to The Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.

Flynn's second release "Let the Show Begin" came out on Black Wolf Records, released in early 2003. The Boston Globe named this release as "One of the top 16 records to listen for" in a high profile article spotlighting Flynn's new batch of songs.

In December 2003 Flynn worked with Cher and Grammy Award winning producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Sugar Ray) as Cher recorded Flynn's song Human for The Farrelly Brothers (Directors/Producers of Dumb & Dumber, There's Something About Mary) movie "Stuck On You". The movie starred Cher, Greg Kinnear and Matt Damon.

Recently Flynn was picked and scored the documentary film "Racing Against The Clock". This film was released by Uncommon Productions a Bill Haney/Tim Disney company.

Flynn also produced and engineered Ellis Paul's April, 2005 release titled American Jukebox Fables on Rounder/Philo.

Flynn has carved out a thriving career as an artist, composer and producer. After capturing the "Outstanding Debut Release" at the Boston Music Awards, he completed his strongest selection of songs to date on on An Amercian Wake (Black Wolf Records).

His new release reflects his adopted country of America with an honest, emotionally powerful and passionate view of American life within the framework of a masterful pop/rock production.

Flynn is a musician coming into his own. Along with his solo and band performances, he is in high demand with a steady stream of TV and film projects both as a composer and songwriter. Flynn has and continues to have song placements on major TV network shows such as: The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live, All My Children, Haunted. Stuck On You. His music is popping up in all sorts of places these days, for instance, Kenneth Cole recently picked one of Flynn's songs to be featured on the 15,000 CD samplers given out to customers at his high fashion shoe/clothing stores. Flynn's compelling live show has been affirmed by scorin