Like pals in Mumford & Sons, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit are a whirlwind of Brit-folk whimsy and foot-stomping. His latest record, Been Listening, is charmingly literary, from the delicately funky opener, “Kentucky Pill,” to the horn-tinged closer, “The Prizefighter And The Heiress.” Flynn duets with singer-songwriter Laura Marling on “The Water,” a modern murder ballad done with absolute heartbreaking precision. It’s worth noting, maybe, that Flynn’s not all that hard on the eyes, either. He’s the new face of Burberry’s spring ad campaign and has the starring role in a hazily filmed and mumbly acted British coming-of-age film Lotus Eaters, which just premièred at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Caitlin Rose (above) has a fresh and gentle face, but her sweet demeanor seems deceiving when you listen to her fearless and energetic Nashville country style. The 23 year old hides no controversial topic in her songs, a brashness that gives her wry country-blues that added bump in character. With a vocal style that is compared to Loretta Lynn, Rose's popularity in Europe exploded very early in her career. And before she even had the chance to release a full debut album in the states, she was listed on NME's "Cool List" in 2010. Since the release of her Dead Flowers EP in 2008, Rose has performed alongside a number of top artists. Her debut LP, Own Side Now, was released in August 2010 in Europe and this past March here in the states.
James Mathe who plays keys and sings in The Sussex Wit will open the show. He's been around for a few years under the moniker 'Barabrossa' but recently he's broken free from that to record under his own name.
Tickets for Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Caitlin Rose, and James Mathe at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Tuesday, May 31st at 7PM are available at Northampton Box Office, 413-586-8686 and online at IHEG.com.