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Concert: Singer/Songwriter and Activist John Flynn

Nationally recognized singer-songwriter and activist John Flynn will give a free concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, in Wilson Formal.

Date: March 22, 2018 - March 22, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. (Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Wilson Formal Lounge, Haffey Hall

John FLynn

Prior to his concert, Flynn will deliver a talk about his work from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in Wilson Formal. Both events are free and open to the public.

John Flynn is known for his powerful music and tireless efforts on behalf of “the lost and the lonely, the shackled and scarred.” He is an authentic troubadour who legendary folk DJ Gene Shay calls “the most quintessential folk singer in my life.”

Long-time friend and Flynn champion Kris Kristofferson has called John “an important artist whose work in prisons, rehabs, and half-way houses is distilled into the truth and the beauty of heartfelt and heartwarming slices of life . . .  He’s got a great heart and I like the way he thinks.”

For more than three and a half decades, Flynn’s music has carried him from Jersey Shore bars to Nashville’s Music Row; from home plate performances in major league ballparks to concerts in maximum-security prisons; from star-studded benefit shows at Tipitina’s in New Orleans to awareness-building appearances at the Walter Reed Military Hospital and the Dover Air Force Base. In 2005, Arlo Guthrie invited Flynn to join musical legends like Willie Nelson and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott on the historic “Train to New Orleans” tour following Hurricane Katrina. It was on that trip that Ramblin’ Jack generously dubbed Flynn “the John Lennon of the plasma generation!”

Over the years John’s work as a social justice activist has garnered almost as much attention as his music. An ardent opponent of the death penalty, he has been an organizer and principle performer in a series of MERCy Concerts (Musicians Encouraging the Repeal of Capital punishment) in his home state of Delaware.

Flynn currently serves on the Advisory Board for Camp Dreamcatcher, a therapeutic summer camp for children whose lives have been impacted by AIDS/HIV, where his annual concerts for the kids, and holiday fundraisers have become a tradition.

Since 2004, Flynn has volunteered at Delaware’s maximum-security state penitentiary, the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution, as the lead facilitator of an inmate support group called New Beginnings. For those leaving prison, Flynn also runs New Beginnings-Next Step, a sister group that is dedicated to helping returning citizens successfully transition from incarceration to freedom.

Among the recognition Flynn has received for his work are the Dominican’s Shining Star Award, Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Award, and the Pacem in Terris Peacemaker Among Us Award. The American Library Association has recognized Flynn for family recordings; and in 2012, he was a Grammy honoree for his song “Two Wolves” on the anti-bullying compilation, “All About Bullies, Big and Small.”

For more information about Flynn, visit

Got questions? Contact Cathy Sweet at (585) 385-8425 or or Jim Bowers at (585) 385-8217 or

Organized by:

The Student Activities Board, the departments of Political Science and Legal Studies and Criminology and Criminal Justice, and the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.