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Larry Kirwan – vocals, guitar
Andrew Sharp – uilleann pipes, flute, vocals
Deni Bonet – violin, vocals
Coty Cockrell – keyboards, vocals
Thomas Hamlin – drums
Rene Hart – double bass
“Knockout entertainment.” – The New York Times
“Larry Kirwan is a rock and roll poet with a deep appreciation of his roots.” – Rosanne Cash
Ireland and America – A History in Song by Larry Kirwan combines Kirwan’s 25 years of experience leading Celtic rock band Black 47 with his parallel careers as playwright, author, journalist and radio host. Through a mix of storytelling, acting, and singing, Irish and American history come roaring to life on stage. Drawing from Black 47’s extensive catalogue of recordings, Kirwan celebrates the vast tapestry of the Irish American experience, from the history of the Irish/British conflict to emigration to the USA and life in New York City’s Five Points neighborhood. Fans of the band will recognize songs including “James Connolly,” “The Big Fella,” “Funky Ceili,” “40 Shades of Blue,” and others. Kirwan will also weave in songs from his acclaimed musical, Hard Times, (now renamed Paradise Square and currently gaining national attention in a sold out run at Berkeley Rep).
Kirwan will also perform songs from his brand new album, Heroes/Belfast EP, being released on Black 47 Records on February 19, 2019. The idea for the title track came from a conversation that Kirwan had with David Bowie, who said that his song “Heroes” could just as easily have been written about Belfast as Berlin, since both cities were divided by walls.
Listen to “Heroes/Belfast” by Larry Kirwan:
Photo: Stacey McCarthy