The Music Director for the Flagpole Radio Café is Newtown resident Jim Allyn. Jim’s music roams the landscape of American roots, rock, country, blues and Celtic music. A seasoned stage performer, songwriter, and studio musician, “he plays a lot of good bluegrass too,” according to the legendary Bill Monroe. His intuitive songwriting and singing are matched by his freewheeling improvisations on guitar, mandolin, piano, and harmonica. A “mandolinist extraordinaire” according to the Danbury News-Times, he has performed with Arlo Guthrie, Bela Fleck, Chris Hillman of the Byrds, Newgrass Revival, Vassar Clements, and many others. His song The Colors recently won first prize in the Acoustic Alternative category of the 2008 International Acoustic Music Awards. Another original, We Got the Mo, has garnered rave reviews and tens of thousands of views on YouTube. He is featured on recordings by many artists, including Grammy-winning Dobro player Stacy Phillips and singer/songwriter Terence Martin. With Terence Martin, he co-wrote and played on the title track to the CD Familiar Mysteries which is one of the annual CDs issued by the Garland Appeal in memory of Linda McCartney. Mr. Allyn is also prominently featured on the 2008 album Steel and Stone by the Connecticut based band Goldrush.