SOME UPCOMING JF APPEARNCES:
Beginnings –Next Step holiday party in 2013… Our
brother, Tracy Green (far left), was shot to death
on May 1st.
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for immediate release
May 14, 2014
Hometown artist/activist CD release show to benefit ex-offender support group
When Delaware recording artist John Flynn performs for the Harmony on the Hill Music Series on June 27 at the Friends Meeting House, 4th & West, Wilmington, DE, he will not only be introducing his new CD, Poor Man’s Diamonds, he also will be raising money to help men and women leaving prison to make the difficult adjustments necessary to becoming productive members of society.
The 7 p.m. CD
release concert will benefit New Beginnings–Next
Step, a transitional support group for ex-offenders
that Flynn helped to re-start in 2012. Next Step is
dedicated to the idea that ex-offenders need
community as much as they need jobs! The road on
leaving prison is rarely easy. Next Step meetings
provide a safe non-judgmental environment to share
its trials, setbacks and temptations. Its members,
consisting of caring, committed volunteers and
ex-offender group leaders, also allow transitioning
men and women to be with others who can appreciate
and celebrate the small –and large– victories that
are so important to building a new life!
Tracy Green, who was recently shot and killed while being robbed on 24th Street in Wilmington, was one of Next Step’s standout ex-offender volunteer leaders. Tracy was a great example of a man who had truly turned his life around. He used his experience to help others as he made many new friends, excelled while holding down several jobs, went to junior college and helped to raise his young son.
John Flynn met
Tracy Green in prison and will tell you that knowing
and working with men like Tracy has changed his life
for the better. Over the years, several songs on
Flynn’s CDs have been inspired by his long-time work
with offenders, and the new album,
is no exception. It includes a song called The
Christmas Concert about a holiday performance Flynn
had been invited to witness (and participate in) in
the prison chapel. In the song Flynn describes how
he witnessed captive men become free, if only for a
few minutes, by the power of faith and music.
The music on ”Poor Man’s Diamonds”, produced by Philadelphia’s own Harvey, is a rich blend of folk, country rock, celtic, gospel and blues. Tracks feature guest legends like Kris Kristofferson, David Amram, and Steve Fishell.
reactions to the CD have been wonderful and
has already been named “CD of the Week” by Chicago’s
venerated folk broadcast, The Midnight Special!
The benefit concert
will take place at the Friends Meetinghouse, 4th &
West, Wilmington, DE. For ticket information email
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