Gaynor O'Flynn

Gaynor O'Flynn

 London, England, GBR
BandAlternativeAvant-garde

"Gaynor O'Flynn's live set is a journey from urbanity back to nature, embracing that cathartic, conscious voice" BBC i.

Biography

Women In Music Award Winner Gaynor O'Flynn is an artist who works in music, film and art.

Gaynor plays with brilliant musicians who also work with KT Tunstall, 1 Giant Leap, Bjork, Nitin Sawhney and Massive Attack.

She has also worked with many world musicians including Senegal's griot and kora player Sadio Cissokho, Canada's slide guitarist Steve Dawson, India's Bollywood maestro's The Merchant Brothers and Asian Dub Foundation's Dr Das.

Her debut ‘Who Am I?’ is an album of hauntingly simple music and lyrics. Gaynor has penned inspirational, future classics driven by her expressive and unforgettable voice. The inevitable comparisons have been made with strong, credible female artists such as Martha Wainwright, Amy Winehouse and PJ Harvey.

"A clear-voiced, gently brooding set that sounds like a mellow P.J. Harvey and could be an art-house movie soundtrack" Bristol Evening Post

"Gaynor's live set takes you on a journey from urbanity back to nature as world vibes fuse with dub beats; lazy lyrics sit on laid-back grooves embracing that cathartic, conscious voice" BBCi

"Gaynor O'Flynn has found the answer with an album that cuts across boundaries with musical inspiration casting a magical spell on its listeners!!! Warm and engaging album" Music Maker

"Altogether an assured debut which promises much for her career" Classic Rock Society

"A rhetorical debut album, its distinctly downtempo and late night contemporary beat showcases O'Flynn's lightly breathless and hauntingly simple vocals... understated yet evocative and lyrically expressive" Hi Fi+

"Gaynor has a kind of breathy vocal delivery on these self penned songs. None are overburdened with fancy arrangements and this simplicity works in its favour" Blues Matters Magazine

Born to be different, Gaynor is the adopted child of an ex communicated monk and Liverpudlian ballet dancer. She dropped out of law school with a first in Civil Liberties the day before her finals to start her music career on the revolutionary music show The Tube. The greatest and the good passed through the Tube's legendary doors and she worked with them all, from Miles Davis to Fela Kuti ...

A maverick young talent Gaynor’s directorial debut was the first film ever to be shown on MTV Europe. She directed Factory legend Anthony H. Wilson working on the iconic Other Side Of Midnight... she booked Nirvana, Bjork, Sinaed O'Connor... for their first UK TV ever, won a BFI award for her first short drama, directed concerts from Wembley to G-Mex for Granada, interviewed everyone from Sting to The Verve for US show Entertainment Tonite and produced promos for U2...

Funded by Tom Yorke from Radiohead, Gaynor also worked extensively for the Dalai Lama and Free Tibet Campaign, becoming an expert in Himalayan filming and appearing on CNN, BBC, Sky and in Trafalgar Square speaking to millions on behalf of the Tibetan Cause.

Gaynor runs her own independent label beinghuman, inspired by the music and ethos of DIY artists such as Ani De Franco and Michael Franti who she worked with in 2007. Beinghuman works with many world class artists including 1 Giant Leap, Festival In the Desert, Pete Lockett, Sister India, Celloman. She has over 20,000 fans on her beinghuman mailing list. She is focused on building an independent, ethical, DIY career from the beinghuman warehouse and studio in Somerset.

Who Am I? has recently been remixed by Asian Dub Foundation's Dr Das and Gaynor has just recorded an EP with the Juno (Canadian Grammy) award winning guitarist Steve Dawson, entitled The Slide Sessions.

Gaynor is currently working on Space & Time a multi media music, film and art work commissioned by RL Gallery. Gaynor is working with Producer Phil Nichols who is also working in Belize with The Garifuna Women's Project Womex Award Winners 2007.

Lyrics

Space

Written By: Gaynor O'Flynn

I need Space
To let my love flow
I need space
To let my music flow
I need space
To feel the notes in me
I need space
To make my harmony

And every night I go home to the stars
I spend some time on Venus & on mars
Every night I travel to the moon
Space lives in me hear in my tune

I need Space
To let my music be
I need space
To feel the melody
I need space
Between you & me
Space
Becomes my destiny

And every night I go home to the stars
I spend some time on Venus & on mars
Every night I go up to the moon
Space flies in me hear in my tune

I need Space
To let my love flow
I need space
To let my music flow
I need space
To feel the notes in me
I need space
To make my harmony

So every night I go home to the stars
You know I love it there on Venus & in mars
Every night I live up with the moon
Space stays with me hear in my tune

I need Space
I need Space
I love Space
I love Space
I need Space
I need Space

Flames Of Freedom

Written By: Gaynor O'Flynn

Close your eyes,
Close your eyes,
Step into your world,

Close your eyes,
Close your eyes,
See what’s in your world,

Visualise,
Visualise,
How you want to be,

Realise
Realise
You are already free

Short Break

Take a trip,
Take a trip,
Take a trip through your mind,

Feel the breath,
Feel the breath,
The breath of all mankind,

Visualise,
Visualise,
How you want to be,

Realise
Realise
You are already free

Short Break

Be who you’re born to be
Be who you’re born to be
Be who you’re born to be
Be who you’re born to be
Long live,
Long live,
Long live your honesty
You are, you are, you are already free,

Break

Feel the fire
Feel the fire
The flames around your soul,

Watch them burn
Feel them burn,
Watch them lick your soul,

Know you live,
Know you die
Longing to be free

We all live,
We all die,
We are

Oh yes we are

You know we are already free

Discography

Who Am I (Dr Das remix) 2008

The Slide Session 2008

Who Am I? 2007

Plant A Seed 2006

Gaynor has performed live extensively on BBC Radio, and local independent radio. She has hosted her own show on the London Music Collective's much respected Resonance FM.

Gaynor has appeared on BBC News 24, BBC 3 and Discovery Channel.

Set List

Fate Flying
I Believe
Missing
Flames Of Freedom
In The Moment
Space
Praying
Love Is Liberation
Time
Gypsy
Smile For The Baby
Life
She Has Come
G.O.D
Fear versus Love
Big Yourself Up
Let It Roar

The set lasts approx 1 hour.

Gaynor does not do covers