Black 47 have played more gigs at Shea Stadium than The Beatles, shut down the city of Hoboken, appeared multiple times on Leno, Letterman & O’Brien, and most recently the Jimmy Fallon Show for St. Patrick’s Day goo.gl/ljb2DW. Led by Irish author, playwright, and SiriusXM radio host, Larry Kirwan, Black 47 play a uniquely Irish form of rock ‘n’ roll that touches on many social and political issues, and yet is never less than entertaining and riveting. After 2500 shows and 14 CDs the “house band of New York City” will disband in November 2014 exactly 25 years later. Rather than resting on any laurels, Black 47 released their final album, ‘LAST CALL’, this past March. “We decided to go out when we’re ahead and, as always, on our own terms,” said leader, Larry Kirwan. “The band has never sounded better so why not record some songs and explore new ground.”
Formed by Chris Byrne, an NYPD detective and Kirwan, at the time a playwright, Black 47 – who took their name from the worst year of the Irish Potato Famine – caused an immediate stir by introducing original music and political context into the Irish bar scene.
With ‘Last Call’ the Irish Rock band that got their start in New York City has certainly saved the best for last.
As a bonus for their fans, Black 47 has released, ‘RISE UP’, a collection of 15 of their political and historical songs recorded over their 25-year career. ‘Rise Up’ is a musical journey through history that began with the first Black 47 gig in the Bronx back in 1989 and will end exactly 25 years later on Nov. 15th in BB King’s, NYC. ‘Last Call’ and ‘RISE UP’ are available at www.black47.com; We are happy to send you an MP3 of Black 47’s version of the classic Buffalo Springfield song, “For What It’s Worth” from the album ‘RISE UP’ if you are interested.
Come out to see Black 47 on their final tour on October 9th in Cincinnati, OH at The Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati at 7:00pm. For tickets call 513-533–0100 or go to http://www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com For more information on Black 47 go to www.black47.com