Award winner Mick is a man of two trades

Irish chart-topper Mick Flannery.

Irish chart-topper Mick Flannery.

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Stonemason turned successful recording artist Mick Flannery is on tour following the release of his latest album.

The award-winning singer songwriter – who is proud to still cite stonemasonry as one of his professions – will be coming to Portsmouth’s Cellars tonight.

Flannery released album Red To Blue in the UK last September on Universal Music Ireland.

The third album from the singer rocketed to number one on the Irish album chart, occupying the top spot for three weeks and cementing the popularity gained from his previous release White Lies.

After the release of White Lies and his subsequent sell-out tour, Flannery experienced writer’s block for the first time.

Unhappy with some hastily written new tracks, Mick scrapped his Dublin recordings and went to find inspiration Stateside. His time spent in Boston and Nashville resulted in the latest album tracks.

Raised in County Cork and influenced by his music-enthusiast parents, Mick developed a love of folk and blues from an early age.

He started writing songs at 15, and tasted success for the first time winning a song writing competition judged by his hero Tom Waits.

The Irish Times placed him at number 46 in a list of The 50 Best Irish Acts Right Now, published in 2009.

Tickets for the Cellars gig are £10 in advance and £12 on the door. Visit thecellars.co.uk.

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