"The band’s sound is influenced by traditional Irish music but their songs tend to be more a rowdy pub type. Definitely not your average traditional Irish folk entertainers, they are so much more and well worth seeing; a memorable group of entertainers and definitely a fun night out on the town"
- Diane Splon
"Live at the Double Door is, well, obviously a live CD from Kevin Flynn and his crew of gritty, Windy City, Celtic-punks. Kevin Flynn specializes in dirty, Chicago-Irish, mostly acoustic Celtic-rock with the edge of a rusty razor – not only will it cut you bad but you’ll end up with tetanus. Haven’t heard Kevin Flynn then live at the Double Door is a great place to start……just be careful."
- Mustard Finnegan
SHITE’N'ONIONS – CELTIC PUNK’N'ROLL
Kevin Flynn and the Avondale Ramblers are a Chicago band that delivers intense, driving rock with an acoustic Celtic twist. The band has developed a reputation for a fierce live attack, especially on St. Patrick's Day.
- Matt Arado
BEST OF CELTIC TOCK AND PUNK 2009 – The Murderer, The Thief, The Minstrels and the Rest # 2
Top releases of 2009 – The Murderer, The Thief, The Minstrels and the Rest # 10
Top Local Chicago Releases for 2009 – The Murderer, The Thief, The Minstrels and the Rest - Honorable Mention
- ONE KIND RADIO
“…brings a fresh twist to Gaelic rock by adding a Midwestern flavor to Celtic, folk, and punk sounds.”
- ALARM Magazine
“Kevin Flynn and the Avondale Ramblers play a gritty, fun and accessible blend of Irish rock here in Chicago. It seems there are more and more Irish rock bands cropping up through the years, but these guys are absolutely one of the groups to pay attention to.”
- Change The Rotation
“…this sound is very much rooted in the traditions of the Ol’ Sod but the attitude and the inspiration is very much in the underbelly of Chicago - on ” The Murderer, The Thief, The Minstrels and The Rest”, Kevin Flynn and his band of punks will take you on a tour of the dive bars of the North Side and will introduce you to drunks, killers and barroom hustlers, sleazy lawyers (Money Malone), musicians way past their glory days, crooked cops and pol’s and if you do make it back unscarred check your wallet - it’s gone.”
“…I have not been disappointed since I started playing it on Paddy Rock Radio... “The Murderer, The Thief, The Minstrels & The Rest” is one of the best Folk Rock/Celtic Rock releases of 2009. Kevin Flynn has a knack of writing some of the best damn songs incorporating stories of Chicago and the Irish immigrants that help make this fine city what it is today.”
“Andy Gerber's stirring mandolin gives the five tracks on Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers' Don't Count Me Out EP a solid backbone while Flynn infuses a Bruce Springsteen ruggedness into the rollicking tunes brimming with neighborhood pride. The Celtic-inspired band is firmly rooted in the Midwest, but throw in a tin whistle and the Guinness flows forth. A lovely tribute to Chi-town, "Here's To You Second City," is a classic drinking song that begs you to hoist a pint.”
- Jamie Schultz, Illinois Entertainer
“…The band is definitely Celtic, but refuses to limit itself (to) that genre of music alone…The CD has the energy of Celtic punk without being overly thrashy. There is still melody to the tunes, but they are full of spunk and energy. This is not your grandmother's Celtic music, but rather something more updated and packaged for modern-day, working class life. Relatable, fun and energetic, this band is sure to please if you like songs that offer a good pace and a lot of style. It's music to raise a pint to, and then kick back and enjoy.”
- Catherine L. Tully, Celtic MP3s Music Magazine
“… one hell of a disc here… Incorporating a little Celtic Rock & Folk Punk swagger with a little Rockabilly thrown in, Kevin Flynn &The Avondale Ramblers have the skillful talents both in musicianship and song-writing to make a buzz in the business for years to come. "Don't Count Me Out" is great Irish-American music… no fake Irish brogues and songs about cute shamrocks, green beer, and some fucking Unicorn… these are songs about Irish-Americans in Chicago! … buy this disc and come and sing these fine songs along with me.”
“Dirty, rough-edged, bomb-chucking, political, post-Pogues, Chicago/Irish rock.”
- Shite N’ Onions
“… the key to their unique sound is taking traditional Celtic/Gaelic music and expanding on it, finding their own sound...and presenting it in a new and interesting way. This Chicago-based band also does something different when it comes to their tunes… What you see is what you get. What you get is a lot of talent and a lot of flavor when you listen to Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers.
- Celtic MP3s Music Magazine