SYML Hits The Road With Dermot Kennedy; Gives The Middle Finger To Cancer With New Track “Flags”       

January 10, 2020 BY Nettwerk

As with millions of people around the world, cancer is personal for Seattle-based artist and producer SYML aka Brian Fennell. While supporting loved ones’ battles with the disease, he dealt with his anguish the best way he knew how, through his music. The result is the heartbreaking and delicately beautiful “Flags.”

Fennell explained, “I struggle with things that seem supernatural but are actually very natural. Cancer is one of those natural things. Nature is undiscerning and unforgiving. Cancer is raw and shapes the landscape of our lives. The metaphors run deep but they don’t make mourning someone any less painful, especially before they leave us. I wrote ‘Flags,’ like I write many of my songs, as a form of therapy to deal with people in my life who have battled cancer. The song is from the perspective of the body experiencing cancer. We meet pain and hopelessness with community and fight, and the fight is meaningful.

Cancer fucking sucks and life is beautiful.”


SYML will join Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy on his upcoming tour of North America starting January 24th in Vancouver at the Thunderbird Sports Center. The run includes stops at The Wiltern in Los Angeles (2 nights), the iconic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and Radio City Music Hall in New York City, before wrapping March 18th in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom. A full list of shows can be found below.


1/24    Vancouver, BC          Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Center

1/26    Seattle, WA               Paramount Theatre

1/28    Portland, OR            Theater of the Clouds

1/30    San Francisco, CA   The Masonic

2/1      Ventura, CA              The Majestic Ventura Theater

2/3      San Diego, CA          CalCoast Credit Open Air Theatre

2/4      Los Angeles, CA       The Wiltern

2/5      Los Angeles, CA       The Wiltern

2/7      Las Vegas, NV          Pearl Theater

2/8      Phoenix, AZ              Arizona Federal Theatre

2/10    Austin, TX                 Austin City Limits Live

2/11    Dallas, TX                 Southside Ballroom

2/12    Houston, TX             Revention Music Center

2/14    New Orleans, LA      The Fillmore at Harrah’s

2/15    Atlanta, GA               Coca-Cola Roxy

2/20    Miami Beach, FL       The Fillmore Miami Beach

2/21    Tampa, FL                 The Ritz Ybor

2/23    Nashville, TN            Ryman Auditorium

2/25    Charlotte, NC            The Fillmore Charlotte

2/26    Raleigh, NC              The Ritz

2/29    Philadelphia, PA       The MET

3/1      Clifton Park, NY        Upstate Concert Hall

3/2      Montreal, QC            Palace Des Arts

3/4      Washington, DC       The Anthem

3/5      New York City, NY    Radio City Music Hall

3/6      Wallingford, CT        The Dome At Toyota Presents Oakdale

3/8      Mckees Rock, PA     Roxian Theatre

3/10    Louisville, KY            Old Forester’s Paristown Hall

3/11    Detroit, MI                 The Fillmore Detroit

3/13    Grand Rapids, MI     20 Monroe Live

3/14    Cincinnati, OH          Taft Theatre

3/16    St. Louis, MO            The Pageant

3/17    Madison, WI              The Sylvee

3/18    Chicago, IL                Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom