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a POST Card from John Flynn

August 25, 2016

Hi Friends!

Photo : With some of my guys at the benefit concert

Our benefit concert for New Beginnings-Next Step was a great success! We had a big turnout, and were able to raise several thousand dollars for the bus passes and food cards we use to help our returning citizens transition out of prison. (Our guys perform weekly voluntary community service in return for this assistance.) During the concert, a couple of my guys spoke to the audience about what NB-NS has meant to them. Since he was much more eloquent than I could ever be about the work we do, I’m attaching a link to a video clip of one of the young men’s remarks. He goes by the name Q, and I’m very proud of him! I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the video here:

Behind Q in the video, you may have noticed a guitar painted like the flag of Texas. This guitar was sent to me by Connie Nelson, a friend of New Beginnings-Next Step, to help me with our ongoing fundraising efforts for the program. (Those food cards and bus passes go fast!) It was signed by Willie Nelson and is for sale this week on eBay under the heading “Willie-Nelson signed Eleca acoustic guitar”. My thanks to Connie and Willie for their generosity! It would look great hanging on the wall in your den, or make an incredible Christmas gift, right? Here’s a link to the online auction:

Photo : Wille Nelson signing a guitar for New Beginnings-Next Step

In other news, I’ll be on the WXPN with my friend Helen Leicht at noon on Wednesday , August 31st. We’ll be playing something from my new CD, Mercy, as well as talking about the upcoming WXPN /Musicians On Call/ 5k Race, which will raise money to help local musicians perform for patients in area hospitals. I will be running in the October 2nd race, and have been named honorary captain for the WXPN Musicians on Call Team. (This may be due to the fact that very few of our local musicians can actually RUN five kilometers!) You can stream the interview at

Last week’s Philadelphia Folk Festival was a blast! For me, the best part -by far- was sharing a stage with my youngest son, Ethan! We did a Phil Ochs workshop together with Peter Yarrow, Wes Stace, and John Francis. Ethan was really great, and being a total dad, I whipped out my trusty iphone to catch this shot during his first song:

Photo : Ethan Flynn performing during the Phil Ochs workshop at the Philly Folk Festival
My thanks to Andy Braunfeld and everyone at Philly for all of the amazing memories over the years.

Photo : With Peter Yarrow, photo by Steve Ramm

Thanks also to all those who’ve picked up a copy of the new CD! I hope you’re enjoying it, and hope to see you soon!



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