In 1991 when Paddy Reilly's was on 28th and 2nd, Steve signed the back of these free passes for pre-Black 47 Paddy Reilly's
regulars so they wouldn't have to pay a cover charge.
Thanks to Maura
for posting this.
This is the first Black 47 All Access Pass. Murad Heerjee our manager at the time made it so we would have something official to wear as the opening band on some of the bigger gigs we were getting.
Friday June 26, 1992
Black 47 and Morning Star at Symphony Space hosted by Vin Scelsa of Idiot's Delight on K-Rock
Tipperary Féile Tipperary Ireland
All Access pass
There was a traffic light set up on the stage facing the band. 5 minutes before the end of your set time it changed from green to yellow. Once it went to red you were charged £100 every minute.
Springhill, Belfast Ireland I remember walking after the gig with our sponsors to the homes we were crashing in that night, surrounded by young British soldiers with rifles trained at our heads the whole way while our Irish friends name-called them unmercifully. I thought, "OK. I get it now".
April 24, 1993
Live, Farm Aid VI 1993
Black 47 - Maria's Wedding (Live, Farm Aid VI 1993)
April 24, 1993
Live, Farm Aid VI 1993
Black 47 James Connolly (Live, Farm Aid VI 1993)
Kiss Me I'm A Black 47 Fan
EMI Records Group
December 15, 1994
Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence RI
All Access pass
This was a benefit for the club.
May 17, 1995
Lilac Festival Rochester NY
All Access pass
August 18, 1995
Milwaukee Irish Festival Milwaukee WI
All Access pass
Black 47 Logo
Animated Tri-color fist logo with World Trade Towers background.
October 27, 2000
Gran Rex Buenos Aires Argentina
All Access pass
November 17, 2000
Music of the Rivers Festival Jacksonville FL
All Access pass
September 5, 2003
by Patrick Borst
Geoffrey Blythe - Tenor and soprano saxophone
Andrew Goodsight - Bass and vocals
Thomas Hamlin - Drums and percussion
Larry Kirwan - Lead vocals, Stratocaster
Fred Parcells - Trombone and pennywhistle
Joseph Mulvanerty - Uilleann pipes, flute, bodhrán
Black 47 espouses an unblinkingly political and thoroughly Irish form of
rock 'n' roll, with songs covering topics from the Northern Ireland conflict to
civil rights and urban unrest in contemporary New York. Black 47 earned their chops
playing the pub scene in Manhattan and self-producing their first indie record,
Black 47, before converting The Cars' Ric Ocasek to the cause and gaining mainstream
attention with their second album, Fire Of Freedom. The band has produced nine albums
HOME OF THE BRAVE/ LIVE IN LONDON (Independent 1989)
BLACK 47 (BLK Records 1991)
BLACK 47 EP (EMI/SBK Records 1992)
FIRE OF FREEDOM (EMI/SBK Records 1993)
HOME OF THE BRAVE (EMI/SBK Records 1994)
GREEN SUEDE SHOES (Mercury Records 1996)
LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY (Gadfly Records 1999)
TEN BLOODY YEARS (Shanachie Records 1999)
TROUBLE IN THE LAND (Shanachie Records 2000)
ON FIRE (Gadfly Records 2001)
NEW YORK TOWN (Gadfly Records 2004)
ELVIS MURPHY'S GREEN SUEDE SHOES (Gadfly Records 2005)
- Thirsty Ear Magazine On-Line Reviews
- TrouserPress.com Black 47
- Black 47 by Seth Rogovoy
- Black47_1 Larry Kirwan's Musical Poetry
- Item #1300734FK - Black 47 - Fire Of Freedom-Home Of The Brave - Guitar (Fake Book)
- Music Street Journal - Music News & Reviews
- Rocky Sullivan's of Red Hook, 34 Van Dyke Street, Brooklyn, USA, 718.246.8050 Chris Byrne's place
- Ralph Drake's Interview with Larry Kirwan
- Interview with Larry Kirwan - Part 1 of 3
2/2008 Post card to a gig we did in Sellersville PA.
- Black 47, Iraq The Green Man Review 2008
- Black 47 - Stereo Subversion
Posing for a band photo session in all our glory on the stage of Connolly's aka Klub 45. Who photoshopped my white sweater black and put sunglasses on me and Geoff?
- Black 47’s Iraq looks at war through soldiers’ eyes | Music | Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal
- Rolling Stone : Fricke’s Picks: Black 47 because with every extra day of Fox News patriotism and Beltway paralysis, the only guaranteed surge is in body count
- Irish influx -- Page 1 -- Times Union - Albany NY
Black 47 at Connolly's: New Year's Eve in Times Square Victor Zimet and Stephanie Silber made the DVD of us playing New Years 2007.
On Sunday March 2, 2008 they came to our gig at the Yonker's Police Athletic League party. They were handing out this business card promoting that film for the Westchester Film
Festival while the opening band, Green Eggs and Mayhem, a young power trio blasted thru their set which was the backdrop for the main event - 32 men getting their heads shaved.
YouTube - Black 47
This was put together by Howie Klein, expresident of Reprise Records. You never know...
The old Badu only fresh and new - Music - NJ.com
NEWARK STAR LEDGER
February 29, 2007
PROTEST ROCK: "Iraq"
Black 47 (UFO)
Black 47, the New York-based Irish-rock band with a routinely raucous sound, turns
it attention to the war in Iraq on its new album, "Iraq." Songs were inspired
by the evening news, and by stories from fans of the band who have served in the
"Hey, President Bush, what are ya doin' to us?/We've been through hell, man,
it's time we went home," sings frontman Larry Kirwan in "Stars and Stripes,"
which borrows its melody from the folk song (popularized by the Beach Boys), "Sloop
"Ballad of Fallujah" is truly harrowing, and "Ballad of Cindy Sheehan"
is a somber, poignant portrait of the activist, whose son was killed in Iraq: "The
sweetest light shines from a child's eyes/Take it away, there's a void/That's why
I gave up my heart and my home/To testify against this cruel war."
Kirwan's vocals are often closer to yelping than singing, and the band as a whole
often shows more heart than imagination. But if these songs were more polished,
perhaps they would be less powerful.
Download this: "Ballad of Fallujah"
-- Jay Lustig
Country, funky jazz - and Celtic rock among new CD releases | Philadelphia Daily
News | 03/04/2008
PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS
March 4, 2008
WHEN IRISH EYES
ARE FROWNING: A fire-breathing, clench-fisted, rabble-rousing spirit fuels both
Celtic traditional music and punk rock. So combining the two styles makes for quite
the incendiary device, in the explosive work of the Los Angeles-based band Flogging
Molly on "Float" (SideOne Dummy, B) and New York's Black 47 on
"Iraq" (United For Opportunity, B+). Both feature Irish front men,
and both touch on contemporary concerns, with the latter offering an unrelenting
assault on the Iraq war as seen through the eyes of Western troops on the battlefront.
I wish the Black 47 gang had managed to work in some Middle Eastern sonic flavor,
too. But "Downtown Baghdad Blues" (integrating the traditional Irish tune
"The Moreen") and "Stars and Stripes" (oddly jumping off "Sloop
John B") are rich examples of cultural co-mingling.
Amie Street Music for March 4th, 2008
Songs from the Front Lines
Released today, Iraq is the devastatingly outspoken new album from Irish-American
rock band Black 47. Written from the perspective of their fans who have served in
Iraq, the album portrays both the tragedies of war and the hope for a better future.
Black 47 have always taken pride in keeping in touch with their audience, and early
versions of these songs sent abroad have already become troop favorites. Iraq
was selected as a critic's pick by senior editor David Fricke for the upcoming issue
of Rolling Stone, and will hopefully bring some substance back to the pop
Celtic / Rock
- Music Review: Black 47 - Iraq
FOX & Friends - FOXNews.com
After playing The World Cafe in Philly the night before, we stayed up all night to be at the Fox studio in NYC at 5 am to play live on Fox & [Friends].
Studio 360: Stop-Loss, Black 47, Stew
National Guard Captain Padraic Lilly related to Black 47's music instantly. When bandleader Larry Kirwan started hearing from soldiers like Lilly, their experiences fed a new batch of songs about the Iraq war. But Black 47's anti-war message doesn't sit well with all of its fans. Produced by Trent Wolbe.
3/29/2008 Great theater, great crowd, great gig.
- PLAYBACK:stl - SEE THE LIGHT - Black 47 | Iraq (United For Opportunity)
Donegal Saloon Kearny NJ 4/12/2008
We opened for The Dropkick Murphys
at the House of Blues Boston for two nights, 3/15-16/2009. The first night, Mark Lind opened for us.
The second night Stigma opened. I've known Vinny Stigma
(guitar) since he began with Agnostic Front in the early 80's when they rehearsed at
. After Stigma finished their set, the Dropkick's
tour manager told us to go on 15 minutes late and do an hour set instead of the 40 minute set we were contracted for. Apparently Ken Casey, the
bass player was in the hospital and they needed extra time to get him out for the gig.
And of course no Tour would be complete without the "Typed Sheet
" or as the band likes to call it, The Book of Lies.
May 24, 2009
After 7 weeks off, which we haven't done in 20 years, the band played a slammin' gig at the E. Durham Irish Festival. Joe was absent doing another gig so we had Sean Tierney on Pipes.
He did a great job for his first Black 47 show. Bearclaw was on his honeymoon so Ginz filled in on the bass. The Reggae tune "Three Little Birds" was pumpin'.
Then it was back to the Blackthorne for a 1:00 AM show. All in all it was a great double-header day.
7/11/2009 outdoor gig in Albany NY on the river
The Blackthorne Resort's Labor Day Weekend 2009 We played "The Wedding Reel" and "Long Hot Summer Comin On" for the first time on Friday (9/4/2009). We're set to record those and 10 other new songs for a new album on Sept. 23.
Newport Irish Festival men dancing While Joe drank Bacardi Big Apple rum all day in the van ride from The Blackthorne to The Newport RI Irish Festival, Joey 'knobs' was learning his new effects box. Here's the culmination of that day (9/5/2009)
I met Tommy Meares, the trombone player who was subbing in Funktion 11, the band that was on before us.
He has started and is Vice-Chairman of a Non-Profit Corporation called the "Irish-American Cultural Exchange".
The last gig of 2009 before New Years was at Connollys. It was a great crowd and a great gig. Dan Boujoulian was there video taping for his new web site called
. Baby Monroe sat in on Fire of Freedom. We played Bankers and Gansters, the title track of the album which
comes out March 2010. After the gig, Joe Mulvanerty hosted the after-glow party. This week's subject was "F$$k the Holidays". In attendence was a band called
Jersey City's Tapestry of Nations Irish Festival on the Hudson
at Exchange Place 9/25/2010
Each member of the band was awarded a shillelagh by an official of the Leprechaun
Society of Clinton Massachsetts. Thanks to all for a great gig at the Town Hall on 2/26/2011
played with a power trio right before us. Great guitarist!
It was really good hanging with so many musicians I have known in New York over the years. We even had Caligula aka. Frank Gallagher
doing sound. What a treat.
6/10/2011The Westcott Theater in Syracuse NY is an old theater that sounds great for live music. The Limerick Pub in downtown Syracuse invited the whole
band for a drink after the gig. I hooked up with my friend Dennis Heaphy there for a couple. He's the repair man for the Statue of Liberty.
9/17/2011 15th Annual Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds - The Glengarry Bhoys went on right before us.
March 2, 2012
The Knickerbocker Cafe Westerly RI - Great food, great sound, great staff, great venue, great Friday
March 18, 2012 New York City Half Marathon NYC at 10:00 am
All Access pass
Friday July 13th, 2012
we opened for Dave Mason in Shorefront Park, Patchogue, NY at the Great South Bay Festival in Long Island.
Brunswick, ME Saltwater Celtic Music Festival - Met the best Harpist I've heard in a long time - Maeve Gilchrist. And the
best vocal group performance of the year award goes to the Screaming Orphands arrangement of The Jacket's Green
The Dublin Irish Festival celebrated it's 25th year. We played two days on the rock stage right
before The Elders
from Kansas City. The first time we played here was 1997.
The Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling, NY is a great club which looks like a Mexican restaurant from the outside but feels like home on the inside.
was the opening band. He hung out with us in the green room telling stories of
gigs in Croatian. Very funny man with a great hat.
Geoff Blythe, Nenad Bach, Vic Zimet, Larry Kirwan
We did two sets at Hunter Mountain Festival.Video
Drum break in James Connolly.Video
Last minute of Funky Ceili.
South Buffalo Irish Festival is the biggest free Irish Festival in the country. The Town Pants
went on after us.
A perfect day to play outside. Christine Martucci
played before us.
More info on the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival Presented by the Asbury Park Press Facebook
Black 47 opened for the Dropkick Murphys at Quinnipiac University in Hampden, CT for the opening celebration of the Great Hunger Museum
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center
is a wonderful theater inside the University of Missouri - St. Louis campus
We opened for The Dropkick Murphys at the Boston Garden.
Also opening on the main stage were The Mahones
Old Man Markley
while Old Brigade
and Sun Cooked
played on the side stage.
Saturday 3/16/2013 B.B. King Blues Club & Grill St Patrick's Day show
Sunday May 19, 2013
Tribute to Ray Kelly, the lead singer for The Mickey Finns
Saturday May 25, 2013 East Durham Irish Festival
First of a double-header on a cold and rainy night.
Saturday May 25, 2013
Midnight show at The Blackthorne - video by Michael O'Connor
Perfect weather to play outside at The Boston Irish Festival in Canton, MA. Great gig, super people,
and all and all a great festival. Before us were the amazing SEARSON
my new favorite band. Before them was The American Rogues
who were off to Michigan that night for the Orion Music + More Festival
the next day at Belle Isle, Detroit, MI.
Saturday June 15, 2013 Fran's Pub in New Hope, PA. The weather was perfect and Main St was teeming.
What a parade, everyone people watching and being watched at the same time. Joseph did an amazing solo flute
version of Blind Mary. And has it really been two years since we played 'Her Dear Old Donegal/Sleep Tight in
New York City' live? It was one of those gigs where you could feel the audience connecting. Thanks New Hope,
hope to see you again soon.
Saturday September 7, 2013 South Buffalo Irish Fest at Cazenovia Park - The Reels (Fermoy Lasses)
Saturday September 7, 2013 South Buffalo Irish Fest at Cazenovia Park - Encore (Gloria)
Notice Andrew Sharpe subbing on Pipes