Larry Kirwan of Black 47 -- Ireland in Song
is one of the most popular performers/personalities in Irish-America. Apart from his groundbreaking work with Black 47 – the band that spearheaded the Celtic Rock movement - he also hosts Celtic Crush on SiriusXM, writes a bi-weekly column for the Irish Echo, and is president of Irish-American Writers & Artists. In a 25-year career Black 47 played 2,500 gigs, released 16 CDs, and appeared on all major TV shows including Letterman, Leno, O’Brien & Fallon. Kirwan's songs have been featured in many movies and recent editions of Sons of Anarchy and Gossip Girl; they are also used in hundreds of college and high school history classes. His latest book, A History of Irish Music, not only illuminates the music but links it to the social and political changes of the last 75 years in Ireland.
A critically acclaimed playwright with 15 plays and musicals, Kirwan will introduce songs from his acclaimed musical, Hard Times – now being developed for a Broadway production. Always a riveting performer, Kirwan holds audiences spellbound with his intensity, insightfulness and wit. He will weave excerpts from A History of Ireland in Song with selections from the vast Black 47 catalogue. This entertaining show combines both music and literature, spiced with history, politics and autobiography. Armed with just an acoustic guitar and his published books, Larry Kirwan takes audiences on a trip across two continents from a small town in Ireland to the heart of New York City.
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