Erin started piano lessons at age four and spent many hours as a kid playing Annie in her living room--singing and emoting along with her big sister's record from the Broadway musical. But it was playing Peter Pan in seventh grade that sealed the deal that Erin would forever cherish childhood and never stop singing. Upon graduation from Northwestern University in Theater Arts, Erin began teaching and directing theater for young people. Erin directed children's theater pieces and taught music and art classes at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. In Philadelphia, Erin worked as the Theater Coordinator at Please Touch Museum and later became a nursery school teacher. Erin's grandmother was a beloved music teacher and Erin became a teacher who involved music and singing in most every aspect of learning. Erin has a masters degree in early childhood and currently teaches Wiggleworms at The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago where she performs her original children's music shows and sings with the bluegrass band, Sunnyside Up.
On this album, Erin is backed by a fabulous group of musicians. They are:
Drummer Keith Yaller also know to drum with The Rhythm Junkies, About Face, Sista Blue, John Alexander band and The Kwerks.
Guitarist and bass player Chip Cypress once played with the rockabilly band, Babalou and currently plays bass in the Kwerks.
Bass player Peter McCoubrey played with the Fabulous Fondas and currently plays with the Hooligans.
Conga player and percussionist, Colin Browne, formerly of the bands Mr. Snooks, Die Kunst per Drum and Rhythm Dupes, plays congas in The Kwerks.
Guitarist Tom Dolgenos plays with the Kwerks.
Backup vocalist Kim Empson sings with the Kwerks.
The CD also features Steve Sayers on trumpet, local music producer Dean Pailas on keyboard and mixmaster Andy Kravitz on tambourine. While this group of talented musicians has experience playing in many bands, the process of making this album for kids proved to be an important and magical journey.
When this music plays, children and families get up and dance. With hints of reggae, jazz, rock and roll, and even punkband/grunge, Erin Flynn and her band is, according to the Chestnut Hill Association,"full force fun". At the shows, the crowd--dancing and grooving to the music--screams and cheers wildly between each song. Kids of all ages sing the poetry of "dreamers" and "i'll be you" and everyone gets a turn to be on stage singing, dancing, playing instruments, or flying like a butterfly in the breeze.
Playing music, writings songs, and singing from their hearts, the band has inspired kids to take guitar, bass, piano, and drum lessons, write and record their own songs, and dance when their spirit says dance. Little groupies are always right in the middle of rehearsals and shows--dancing, playing instruments, and grabbing the mic. Their voices are deep in the lyrics and rhythm of the songs and literally sprinkled throughout the CD, dreamers of dreams.
Erin Flynn most recently played shows at Pritzker Pavillion in Millenium Park, Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago's Folk and Roots Festival, Kohl Children's Museum, Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, Pastorius Park in Chestnut Hill, The Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, PA, and The Children's Museum of Manhattan. ERIN PLAYS A FREE!! ROCKIN' OUTDOOR CONCERT ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 12TH FROM 5-7 P.M. IN PASTORIUS PARK IN PHILADELPHIA. FREE!
3. mary mack
4. count to 10
6. looby loo
8. i'll be you
10. sweet little baby
11. join in with a song
12. sing to me
13. the sun