Miss Paula Flynn & Her Fancy Men
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Miss Paula Flynn & Her Fancy Men


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"Happy Christmas Valentine - review"

You may not know the name but you’ll recognise the voice. It was Paula Flynn’s ethereal rendition of ‘Let’s Dance’ that famously helped Ballygowan sell bottled water. However, Flynn is more than just a voice for hire and, having previously worked with the likes of Jinx Lennon, the Forkhill native is now concentrating on solo material, of which ‘Happy Christmas Valentine’ is the first release. In these cynical times it would be easy to guffaw at the coyly sentimental tone of this song, but Flynn’s voice adds a heart pricking sense of melancholy that arrests any suggestion of seasonal schmaltz. The arrangement is crystalline clear, the piano notes cascading feather light, the little touches of guitar and keys crunching like snow underfoot. It is, quite simply, a lovely pop song - Francis Jones - AU Magazine

"Ouch Magazine - ones to watch for Summer 09"

Music Swagger by Boriss M. Three Hot New Indie Artists Miss Paula Flynn This Irish singer has a voice that is crystal clear and light as air, yet strong and expressive. Miss Paula Flynn sounds like that perfect pastry tastes. She makes you feel, she makes stories, and she tells stories. Grab a glass of milk or a cup of coffee and indulge! www.misspaulaflynn.com/www.myspace.com/misspaulaflynn - OUCH magazine - NYC


"Let's Dance" single (EMI) 2007 - airplay in Ireland
"Happy Christmas Valentine" single (Self) 2008 - airplay in Ireland / US
"Miss Paula Flynn" (Self) 2009



When Ballygowan Spring Water first aired their 'Bodies Never Lie' campaign featuring 'Let's Dance', their advertising agency's switchboard jammed with callers demanding to know who the singer was. The singer was Miss Paula Flynn and with demand for the song mounting EMI came on board to release the single which hit the top spot on the Irish download chart, catapulting the gossamer voiced Miss Flynn into the limelight. The advert went on to win a Shark award for the creative use of music in advertising and is still on air.

Of course, like many an overnight success, the reality was that Miss Paula Flynn had been around for quite a while. Having started out as a young girl singing along to her brother's country and western records, by her early teens she was winning singing competitions and appearing live with iconic Irish artists like Joe Dolan. With a June Carter attitude and a voice that draws comparison to Bjork and Stina Nordenstam she hasn't been off stage since, putting her voice to good use performing with charismatic folk-punk Jinx Lennon, featuring in the feature length documentary 'Noisemaker' (RTE 2007) as well as performing under her own flag. Resisting the pressure to record an album of covers in the wake of the success of Let's Dance, she went back to college not only qualifying with a degree but also picking up the Uaneen Fitzsimons Award, an award instituted in memory of the RTE broadcaster who died tragically in a car crash in 2000.

Happy Christmas Valentine, released for Christmas 2008, was her first solo release and it pulls together her love of old school country with a shimmering pop sensibility all of her own, courtesy of a voice that just couldn't belong to anyone else. Co-produced by guitarist Greg McAteer and Brian Crosby in his first sighting since leaving Bell X1 the song is an unabashed piece of Christmas cheer. Her debut solo album 'Miss Paula Flynn' (co-produced with bizarre symmetry by Crosby's successor in the Bell X1 keyboard seat Marc Aubele and guitarist McAteer) was released at the end of September 2009.