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Soul Man Eamonn Flynn's Irish Stew

SGF: Do you have a favorite "Go to" dish you love to eat or cook.

EF: It would have to be Irish stew. Perfect on a cold, foggy day in the Richmond District where I live. It couldn't be easier to make. Cooking for two:

  • Buy a pound of stewing lamb (usually the shoulder),

  • some carrots, potatoes, onions, and a sprig of parsley.

  • The lamb should be cut into one-inch pieces or thereabouts.

  • Season and brown the lamb first

  • then make some layers in a big pot: sliced potatoes, lamb, chopped carrots, sliced onions, and repeat.

  • Cover it all up with water, bring to a boil and simmer for two hours.

  • If it's too brothy at the end, mix in a bit of flour.

  • Throw some parsley on top before serving in bowls with some buttered brown bread if you can make it : this is a recipe I recommend:

  • and maybe some bottled Guinness.

  • To really complete the experience, download my new album 'Anywhere But Home' from Bandcamp and luxuriate in the deep Dublin grooves while digging into your lamb stew (yes, I am shameless)!

SGF: Do you have any gigs coming up you want me to tell people about?

If you want to hear some good traditional Irish music on St. Patrick's Day (the 17th) itself I have two good gigs going on.

  • At 1.30 PM, March 17th I will be at the San Francisco United Irish Cultural Center at 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116. I'll be playing with Kathleen Smith on accordion and Kevin Roche on banjo and we will also have dancers performing with us. The Cultural Center will have non-stop music, food, and libations all day with multiple bands, so it's a great destination.

  • That evening at 7 pm I will be performing at the Plough and the Stars at 116 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118 with Darcy Noonan on fiddle and Hector Bragado on banjo. The Plough and the Stars is a great Irish pub, a real San Francisco institution for Irish music and it'll be a great night.


Born into a musical family in Dublin, Ireland, Eamonn Flynn played Hammond organ and piano on the 14 million-selling movie soundtrack of The Commitments. Now living in San Francisco, California he went on to record and tour with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Coco Montoya, Michelle Shocked, Zigaboo Modeliste, and many more. He's composed and produced original music for TV and film shows including Ugly Betty, Moonlight, Creative High, Brujo, Beached, and The Commitments. In 2017 he released his first solo album of original music. Entitled by The Irish Channel, it features Eamonn on vocals and piano and reflects a unique blend of Irish and American influences. In December 2019 he released the follow-up Black Coddle. His new album of original songs Anywhere But Home was released in February 2022, along with the premiere of a new live show called Dublinesque.

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