Catie Flynn is not only one of our favorite local singer songwriters, she is also one of our favorite people to be around. Her smile lights up a room, and her voice brightens any stage she takes. She is also an incredible teacher and generous community member who is dedicated to making the Cape a more vibrant place to be. We chatted with her about her musical roots, and what it is like to be a year-round musician on Cape Cod
Can you tell us about your connection to Cape Cod, and how you became a musician?
I was born at Cape Cod Hospital and went to Harwich High.
Music was always in my house growing up. My father played guitar and sang, my brother is a bass player, and my mom enjoys and claps. My grandfather also ran an Irish session at the Orleans Inn. It was basically mandatory to participate in a singalong at all family gatherings. I was always drawn to how music kept everyone connected and having fun. In third grade I started voice lessons and gained some confidence and technique. I later graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, then lived and played music in Nashville. Ultimately the ocean and family drew me back to the Cape.
You work as a professional musician on the Cape – what does this mean for you?
I gig out with my band The Catie Flynn Band and teach music lessons out of my own space in Chatham and couldn’t be happier. It took a while to build and there was also a process of letting things fall away. I was nerve wracking at first but ultimately wonderful and rewarding. I am very grateful to be doing what I love.
What do you say to people who might think the music scene on Cape Cod dies down in the winter?
Despite what some people might think locals do not hibernate all winter. Places like Harvest Gallery Wine Bar and O’Shea’s Olde Inn have music every night of the week and most bars have weekend entertainment. As a musician you might not have a gig every night of the week (which is possible in the summer), but people still live, work, and have fun in the winter months. In the “off season” I can actually record, write, have band practice, and attend a show of a fellow musician.
What is your favorite thing about being a musician on Cape Cod?
The Cape has such supportive, fun and talented musicians in its community. Some of the best gigs I have gotten have been because I was recommended by another musician. The gig views aren’t too shabby either!
What advice might you give to young musicians who are planning to make a life and a living on Cape Cod in the future?
Being KIND and RELIABLE is just as important as having talent and skill. Try and make an effort to be a part of the community. The people around you are going to be the ones coming to your shows, hiring you, and simply making your life more enjoyable.
Describe your perfect Cape Cod day.
Spend the day on a boat, hop off for some food and drink, and end the night with some live music and star gazing in the P-town dunes!