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Dave Flynn


Born: 1977 Website  


Celebrated by the New York Times for the “power and grittiness” of his music, composer, conductor and guitarist Dave Flynn is a musician of international renown. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, with dual residency of New Zealand, he redefined orchestral music by creating the cross-genre Irish Memory Orchestra: a “formidable collective of musicians” (The Irish Times)—and the first and only orchestra in the Western world to perform exclusively by memory.

Growing up with a love of classical music, Flynn has gone on to eschew easy definitions and form a signature all his own. Amalgamating orchestral, jazz, rock and folk elements with deft and deep understanding, his compositions have been performed by the likes of the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, Smith Quartet, New Zealand String Quartet, ConTempo Quartet, Vanbrugh Quartet, ConTempo Quartet, Jade String Quartet, Dublin Guitar Quartet, Laura Snowden, Craig Ogden, John Feeley and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Published by Reed Music, Frisbee Publications, and Mel Bay (2020’s Complete Works for Solo Guitar), Flynn’s work is regularly featured by broadcasters around the world—including WNYC’s John Schaefer, who dedicated a special edition of New Sounds to Flynn’s work in 2009; and an extensive live interview to commemorate the US launch of his First Hand Records release Irish Minimalism in 2021.

Privileged to perform and record with some of the world’s best musicians across several genres, Dave Flynn has played at prestigious venues including MoMa (New York), Moscow Cathedral and Ireland’s National Concert Hall. Touring his acclaimed music worldwide, Flynn has performed in Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and all over Europe including Germany, the UK, Russia, Estonia, Romania, France, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

Flynn is a regular collaborator with renowned traditional Irish musicians including Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, Paddy Glackin, Tommy Peoples, Mick O’Brien, and Máirtín O’Connor. In 2019 he became the first Composer-in-Residence at Ireland’s state guest-house Farmleigh and led the ground-breaking world premiere of The Vision Symphony by the Irish Memory Orchestra and 26 blind/vision-impaired musicians at the multi-disciplinary arts centre glór.

Most recently he has been collaborating with the New Zealand String Quartet on 'Irish Airs and Graces', a programme which blurs the lines between contemporary classical and traditional Irish music. This follows on from the NZSQ's 2022 touring programme featuring Flynn's vibrant string quartet piece 'Slip'.

Composed (69)

12 Tone BACH

for solo piano, 5m


for solo piano, 7m

A Tune for Noel

for solo guitar

An Irish Raga

solo guitar improvisation


for traditional Irish musician and orchestra, 30m

Calmly Awaiting the End

for uilleann pipes and string quartet, 10m

Cran Óg

for guitar quartet, 2m 30s

DC in Memoriam

for string orchestra, 10m

Dún Laoghaire Guitars

for guitar ensemble, 9m


for electric guitar and string quartet, 9m

Ecclesiastes 3: Time for Everything

for remote or distanced choir

Echoes of Bamako

for string orchestra, 6m

Electric Guichair

an electric sound collage, 6m

Errigal Suite

for traditional Irish musician (variable) and two guitars, or guitar quartet, 15m

Five Études for Uilleann Pipes

for solo uilleann pipes, 20m

Full Circle

a song cycle for voice and piano from the poetry of Joan Jennings, 12m


for alto flute and guitar, 7m

Homage Sonatina

for solo guitar, 12m


for solo percussion, 3m


for amplified ensemble, 20m

Kora Variations

for solo guitar


for ensemble, 10m


for string orchestra, 10m

Mná Brian Boru

an opera for 'sean nós' singers and orchestra, 50m

Music for the Departed

for Irish fiddle, violin and guitar., 22m

Music in the Time of Covid

for solo guitar, 22m


for solo guitar, 5m

Polymetric Cycles

for ensemble, 8m

Psalm 47

for SATB choir, with hand claps, hand bells and hand chimes, 5m 30s

Quirk No. 1 "Show me those Jazz Hands"

for flute and clarinet, or violin and cello, 3m

Quirk No. 2 "Shadowplay"

for flute and guitar, 7m

Quirk No.5 'Horrific Spasm'

for mixed ensemble, 6m

Quirk No.7 ‘Slides, Cuts, Rolls and Crans’

for flute and clarinet/bass clarinet

Sadb’s Lament for the Fallen King

for mixed choir (SSAATBarB) with solo sean-nós (Irish folk) voice, 7m


for piano duet, 14m 30s

Six Etudes for Five Fingers

for solo guitar, 15m

Stories from the Old World

for voice, uilleann pipes and string quartet, 20m

String Quartet No.2 'The Cranning'

for string quartet, 15m

String Quartet No.3 'The Keening'

for string quartet, 20m

Symphony No.3 'The Vision Symphony'

for orchestra and choir (including blind and vision-impaired musicians), 30m

Taibhreamh Ó Riada (Ó Riada's Vision)

for traditional Irish ensemble, 10m

Tar Eís an Cran

for solo piano, or violin and piano (or harpsichord), 5m

The Clare Concerto

Concerto for Orchestra composed for the Irish Memory Orchestra, 1h

The Clare Symphony (Symphony No.2)

for memory orchestra (i.e an orchestra that plays by memory), 30m

The Cutting

for uilleann pipes and string quartet

The Farmleigh Tree Alphabet

for SATB choir, 25m

The Forest of Ornaments

for traditional Irish flautist and sound collage or stand alone sound collage, 11m

The Longest Reel

for solo Irish fiddle, 8m

The Mahatma of the Glen

for solo guitar, 7m 40s

The Man from Maghera Rambles Through Africa

for symphony orchestra, 5m

The Memory Symphony (Symphony No.1)

for large memory orchestra (performing from memory, without sheet music), 30m

The Valley of the Lunatics

for fiddles and loop technology or fiddle ensemble, 15m

Three Gymn O'Paddies

for solo guitar, 9m

Three Minimalist Pieces

for solo guitar, 13m

Toccata for Obama

for orchestra, 4m

Two Nonsense Songs

for solo voice/ voice and piano, 6m

Winter Variations

for solo electric guitar

Éin – The Birds of Dublin

for mixed ensemble

Performances (3)

Dave Flynn – Solo Guitar Concert

“Dave Flynn is a masterful guitarist” - Sing Out! Magazine Award-winning composer/guitarist Da...

NZ String Quartet | Irish Airs & Graces

A hearty celebration of St Patrick's Day thats sure to leave your heart singing and your foot tap...

Lunchtime Concert: Dave Flynn - Celtic Guitar Journey

Dave Flynn is an award-winning Irish composer and guitarist. In his new show 'Celtic Guitar Jo...