Flash Company: the kind of company that your mother warned you about that you spent lots of time with none the less! And so this happy aggregation of Irish/Celtic music lovers has gathered to pick up their instruments (and there are many of them!) and spread the celebratious nature of the most sublime music ever heard on the face of God’s green earth.
Flash Company was born when Eric Garrison, a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with decades of experience playing the folk and rock and roll circuits, met up with Jim Pospisil, also a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with decades of experience playing the folk and rock and roll circuits, and began trading music business war stories. As the two got to know each other, a particular confidence was shared which revealed that both harbored a deep love of Irish and Celtic music and had been playing that music on “their own time” for years. While both were busy working musicians playing other styles of music, the two decided to get together and scratch the Irish music itch by putting a band together that would embody the spirit of traditional Irish music as represented in the pubs of rural Ireland, along with the lush contemporary sounds of present-day Irish and Celtic writers.
In early rehearsals, both Jim and Eric wanted to stretch out and get to play the instruments that they never got to play on their other gigs. Quickly, it was determined that a strong rhythmic foundation would be needed so that both could exercise their talents on melodic instruments. Underneath the mandolins and pennywhistles and tenor banjos and melodeons and bozoukis, there needed to be the consistent sound that would hold it all together. Enter old friend John Allers, master of the acoustic rhythm guitar. And so, Flash Company became a trio….three guys playing an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Irish and Celtic-influenced music surrounded by a forest of instruments. The band’s first big performance featured guitar(s), bozouki, mandolin(s), pennywhistle, bodhran, melodeon, piano, and bass. It was effective but not efficient, as instruments were passed and sometimes thrown across the stage (and caught with effortless grace…most of the time).
Faced with a need to consolidate, the band decided to add another member as John moved to mostly playing bass. In consideration of weight and square-footage-taken-up-on-stage, the piano was left at home and redundant instruments were subjected to the do-we-really-need-three-of-these-on-stage? test. Thus, space was made onstage for Bryan Maloney, a true son of the Ould Sod, on vocals and rhythm guitar. The repertoire became more adventurous, with more challenging instrumental tunes added to keep Eric and Jim on their respective toes. As the band did more gigs, and the requests for particular songs were noted, the repertoire grew as well so that today’s Flash Company performance ranges from the 18th century tunes of O’Carolan (which keep Dancin’ John Allers’ feet in motion at all times) to the work of the Chieftains and the rock-inflected work of contemporary artists like Luka Bloom, Touchstone, Cathie Ryan, and Cherish the Ladies.
Flash Company is ready, willing, and eager to share this joyful, thought-provoking, deeply meaningful music with you!