With a musical career spanning five decades, Flipper Flanagan’s Flat Footed Four is as culturally significant to Thunder Bay and Northern Ontario as are Persians, The Hoito and George the Porter. Born out of the folk music scene of the nineteen sixties, Flipper embraced Celtic and Bluegrass music. The varied talents of the four flat footed friends allowed them to draw on the influences of several other musical genres with a resulting brew best described as Progressive Pub Music.
The band is well known for it’s irreverent sense of humour and high energy performance. â€œBanjoâ€ Bob Balabuck, â€œThe Fiddling Fool, The Fastest Fingers Aliveâ€, plays banjo, mandolin and fiddle for the band. Jamie Gerow plays guitar, mandolin, mandola and bouzouki along with Brian Thompson who is famous for his musical renderings of various kitchen implements including spoons and washboards. Brian also plays the bodhran, bones, mandolin, bouzouki and guitar. Jack Wall provides unique bass guitar stylings rarely heard in Celtic and Bluegrass circles.