Miss Paula Flynn
Forkhill, County Armagh
A native of Forkhill, Co. Armagh, Paula Flynn grew up listening to the country, folk and bluegrass records that she found at home. Aged 14 she release her first record - back then they were called cassettes. In the intervening years that voice has been put to good use accompanying agit-folk anti-hero Jinx Lennon in gigs at home and abroad as well as in the studio.
In 2007, while still studying at Dublin City University she recorded a version of David Bowie's Let's Dance which found its way into the hands of Ballygowan advertising executives. The voice did it for them, and it seemed to strike a chord with the punters too. After fielding calls along the lines of "Who's the girl singing the Bowie song?" EMI came on board decided to release it as a single which went on to top the Irish charts.
Resisting the pressure to release an album of covers Paula went back to college where she not only earned her degree but also picked up the Uaneen Fitzsimons Award for Communications Studies which was instituted by the broadcaster's family after her tragic death in a car crash in 2000.
In 2009 she released her debut solo album which mixes deep dark alternative country with spoken word and atmospherics. She's currently writing songs for her next release.