Givvi Flynn sings with The Ginger Wildheart Band and The Dowling Poole, as well as releasing a solo album and teaching singing professionally at VIDLA. She’s currently preparing for The Dowling Poole live shows in May and gearing up for the release of One Hyde Park next month and is also working her pipes ready for live duties with the Ginger Wildheart Band this summer.
This is her music…
What is your favourite song of all time?
Start with an easy one, why don’t you!?!? I could argue with myself all day on this one but my immediate thoughts whenever I’m asked this remain the same. Unsurprisingly, it’s Inglorious by The Wildhearts.
Can you remember when you fell in love with it?
Yep. I was stuck in traffic (on City Walls Road in Worcester) with m’great mate Jezz and we’d been playing the newly-released ‘Fishing For Luckies’ for our whole journey. That thing when music really talks to you, like making a new best friend? That can even happen in a crappy Ford Sierra on a rainy Friday afternoon and it’s about as close as I’ll ever get to a religious experience. The entire song is magnificent, but the riff, (hang on…) that comes in at 5m49s is possibly one of the greatest things ever. In the world.
Has a song or album ever changed your life?
Got to be ‘Unlucky in Love’ from the Clam Abuse album, ‘Stop Thinking’. I went to see a Ginger acoustic show in Rugely in 2004 and got chatting to Jon Poole during the interval about having sung the song at a friend’s wedding. Next thing I know, I was on the stage, choking back the vom and wailing like it was the last chance I’d ever get. At the time, I had all but given up on the idea of singing – I was overweight, directionless and depressed. Jon had no idea of my ability so calling me up was a huge leap of faith on his part, for which I’ll always grateful. When the song was over, Ginger beamed at me and I’ll never forget that smile. How I thought and felt about myself changed entirely from that moment – sounds really wanky, but it’s the truth.
If you could only listen to five albums for the rest of time, what would they be?
Again, this is tricky/impossible – I change my mind constantly and I began with a list of 23… I’ve whittled it down to 10 and that’s the best I can do. I genuinely can’t live without these (at this precise second) and I don’t want to be dramatic, but I could be killed if you make me;
- Genesis – Invisible Touch
- The Wildhearts – Fishing For Luckies
- Duran Duran – Arena
- The Tubes – Remote Control
- Danny Frye & The Devildolls – Hellbent
- Alice in Chains – Dirt
- Exit International – Black Junk
- Honeycrack – Prozaic
- Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible
- Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers
How much of your day do you spend listening to music?
For fun? Not as much as I’d like. Happily, music is my day job too (I teach singing privately and am ‘Deputy Queen’ at VIDLA, an Academy which trains singing teachers) and I’m fully aware of how lucky am to do something I love for a living.
What’s your ideal time and place for listening to music?
If I’m with friends, as long as it’s live music I’m not fussy about the time or venue. If I’m alone, I really like listening to music in the car and singing just for fun. Y’know the opening sequence to the Alan Partridge movie, Alpha Papa? Yeah, that’s me on the M40 (only not miming) and I couldn’t care less who sees me (or who’s got their fog lamps on).
What’s the best gig/show you’ve ever been to?
Ginger’s 40th at The Marquee was pretty special. An amazing evening of music, I was unexpectedly called upon to lead ‘Happy Birthday’ and it was the first time I saw Willie Dowling play live – I remember thinking to myself, ‘I am singing with that guy! It’s happening!’. True story. Which I don’t think I’ve ever told him… I just decide stuff and make it happen! (See answer to Q3).
Approximately how big is your music collection? And in what format?
Not massive. Maybe a few of hundred CDs and many GB of mp3 files. Oooh, and my treasured vinyl and cassette collection, probably about a hundred of each. First record I ever owned; Adam & the Ants – Prince Charming (on vinyl, and of course I still have it!).
What does music mean to you?
It communicates and makes connections on infinite levels. It’s the thread of continuity which entangles almost every aspect of my life.
What song should we all go and listen to right now to make our day better?
Without a doubt, Rebecca Receiving by The Dowling Poole. It’s the first single from the forthcoming album, ‘One Hyde Park’ and is an energetic taster of what I hope will be the soundtrack of Summer 2016.