John Francis Flynn earns nominations for International Folk Music Awards and Songlines Music Awards

“That’s pretty cool and crazy. I’m honored to be considered alongside these heads.”

Dublin folksinger John Francis Flynn picked up nominations for two internationally acclaimed music awards this week, following the release of his acclaimed debut solo album, I wouldn’t live forever, last year via the River Lea.

He was nominated in the Artist of the Year category for the Folk Alliance’s 2022 International Folk Music Awards (IFMA) – alongside Allison Russell, Arooj Aftab, Kalani Pe’a and The Longest Johns.

The IFMAs are considered “the premier recognition of folk music industry leaders, legends, unsung heroes and emerging talent”. The 2022 awards ceremony will be held in Kansas City, Missouri on May 18, and will be streamed virtually on YouTube for public viewing.

John also picked up a nomination in the Europe category of the 2022 Songlines Music Awards – from a shortlist that includes Fanfare Ciocărlia, San Salvador and Spell Songs.

Now in its 14th year, the Songlines Music Awards showcase musical talent from around the world – based on albums reviewed over the past year, from March 2021 to February 2022. Winners will be announced in songs‘ June 2022 issue.

He took to Instagram to respond to the news:

“That’s pretty cool and crazy,” he wrote. “I am honored to be considered alongside these heads.”

The nominations follow major wins for John at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards in November – where he won Best Emerging Artist and Best Folk Singer.

Revisit our 2021 interview with the Dublin singer here.

John Francis Flynn plays Vicar Street, Dublin on May 1, with tickets available now.

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