Jonathan Lynn
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Jonathan Lynn

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Band Spoken Word Celtic

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An evening with Jonathan Lynn
Gerry Moran Column, Kilkenny People Aug 28th 2008
Jonathan Lynn is a Kilkenny man who emigrated to Canada where he is a set designer with the Toronto Irish Players theatre, among other things. One of those other things is his acting ability. A master of the monologue, wonderful mimic and a musician to boot he entertained a rapt and appreciative audience on a recent visit home.
Jonathan Lynn is as good as they come and his one-man show, The Spoken Word, includes excerpts from Robert Service, Percy French, Brian Friel, Brendan Behan, John B Keane and Patrick Kavanagh to name but a few, not to mention his own original work. This was entertainment with a capital E and the man deserves a bigger audience than Bollards which was chock-a-block.
Perhaps our Arts Festival folk might take a look at this talented man, this local talented man, and find a spot for him in next year’s festival. The Castle Tower would be a perfect venue and Jonathan Lynn I guarantee you will not disappoint.
Jonathan who was on a flying visit to Kilkenny presently has a play about Tom Moore, the Bard of Ireland (and a man with huge Kilkenny connections) in production in Toronto – a play I’d dearly like to see performed sometime on the stage of our own Watergate Theatre.

- The Kilkenny People


Brilliant dear Jonathan. You brought a great honour to our house, our city and our culture.
John Maxwell, Owner Allen’s Restaurant
A master of the monologue, wonderful mimic and musician to boot. This was entertainment with a capital E.
Gerry Moran, columnist, The Kilkenny People
I have been a fan of Jonathan’s since first hearing him tell his Irish stories. Try to take in one of his shows—you’ll love it and, like me, want to come back for more.
Sean Murphy, Irish Person of the Year 2007
Jonathan Lynn , I believe, is the greatest Spoken Word Artist in this country and I learned everything I know from him.
Holmes Hooke, Artistic Director, Hugh’s Room, Toronto - Critics


Discography

As a musician playing with traditional Irish band TIP Splinter, I have recorded 6 albums. Finally, I have completed 'The Blathering' - a 70min video of a live concert performance at Hugh's Room, Toronto.

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Raised on the recitation, I have fond memories of being present in boisterous bars or intimate kitchens listening, rapt in some old guy's shut-eyed rendition of The Four Farrellys, Casey at the Bat or Dangerous Dan McGrew.
I have become that old guy.
Since I left my native Kilkenny I have grappled with my Celtic self through theatre, music, TV hosting and play-writing. Arm-weary of grappling, I am finally embracing my first love: the spoken word. My theatrical performance is laced with laughter and, even more rewarding, smiles of recognition as I honour my heritage with the familiar works of Percy French, John D. Sheridan, Patrick Kavanagh, Brendan Behan, Robert Service etc. But, dare I boast that it is my original monologues that have proven most popular with audiences.
So, forsaking all others - The Spoken Word.