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AIR: The Great Southern Ocean (Laura Flanagan)

from The Great Southern Ocean by Laura Flanagan

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    A dynamic collection of traditional Irish tunes on fiddle accompanied by bouzouki and guitar, this album was made with gratitude to mentors and friends who have graciously shared and passed on their love of the music. With artwork by Susan Felton.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Great Southern Ocean via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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When I bought the plane ticket to Melbourne in 2018, I was driven by a desire to stand on the beach and look towards Antarctica. Even when it was pointed out to me that the beaches of southwestern Victoria are very cold and rainy in July, I could not be dissuaded from making the trip. (When you live in West Texas, cold and rainy during July sounds like the most glorious thing on earth!)

While in Australia, I stood on the beach along a stretch of the Great Ocean Road on multiple occasions – at sunrise, during grey clouds, in dripping rain, and at different times with rainbows ahead and behind me - staring across the water, listening and watching the surf crash. It was beautiful, intimidating, and life altering. It was also, without a doubt, cold, rainy, and completely glorious!

The first time was at Johanna Beach with my friend Emma, and when I, confused by the maps, asked her what the name of the body of water we were looking at was, she called it “The Great Southern Ocean.”


from The Great Southern Ocean, released March 19, 2020


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Laura Flanagan Lubbock, Texas

Laura Flanagan is an outstanding fiddler playing Irish traditional music from Lubbock, Texas. Over the last 15+ years, she has traveled widely in the United States and Ireland to study with fiddlers Randal Bays, John Carty, James Kelly, Martin Hayes, and Brendan Larrissey. ... more

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