Photos and Press from Larry Kirwan

The West Bank Cafe in Manhattan recently staged a version of Liverpool Fantasy, a play by Larry Kirwan, the leader of Black 47. It is a what-if play about the 1992 reunion of four old friends in an obscure northern English city.
The Heart Has a Mind of its Own tickets - The Heart Has a Mind of its Own information - The Heart Has a Mind of its Own pictures - New York

Lieutenant Brian Murphy, NYPD, died when the Towers fell that morning. Three years later truth and memory blur as his family continues to struggle with their grief and rage. Though their hero's shadow still looms large, it cannot obscure certain inconsistencies that force the family to come to terms with the enigma of Brian.
The Heart Has a Mind of its Own is written by Larry Kirwan (of the Irish rock band BLACK 47), and directed by Cailin Heffernan.

Playbill News: Kirwan's Post-9/11 Drama to Play in Rep With Stoppard and Priestley in NYC

Montana Gael: The Stuff of Opera

Transport Musical

Hard Times a musical by Larry Kirwan
9/25/2012 - The New York Times review of Hard Times

The Year’s Most Galvanizing Moments - Hard Times: An American Musical -

Thomas Keneally to Write Book and Lyrics for New Musical -


Thomas Keneally, best known for writing “Schindler’s List” but also the author of historical works about the founding of his native Australia, will turn to that subject in “Transport,” a new musical for which he’s written the book and lyrics.

The show, with music by Larry Kirwan, a playwright and the leader of the rock band Black 47, based in New York, will have its world premiere at the Irish Repertory Theater next year, theater officials announced on Tuesday.

“Transport” is based on the history of Irish women exiled to the South Coast of Australia in the mid-19th century. It centers on the voyage of a prison ship called The Whisper, which brought women and girls to penal colonies. The characters include four prisoners, the ship’s crew and an exiled Irish priest.

The Producer Has a History. So Does This Civil War-Era Musical. -

By Michael Paulson

Mr. Kirwan, best known as the lead singer of Black 47, said the idea for the musical was born of his curiosity about the Five Points, which he heard about from his grandfather, and his affection for Foster’s songs. He learned to appreciate the songs in Irish pubs, where, he said, he heard workers imbue them with emotion he had not initially recognized.

Learning that Foster had briefly lived in the Five Points inspired him to write a show combining the songs and the place; his initial version of the musical, titled “Hard Times,” opened to positive reviews at the Cell Theater in New York in 2012 and had a brief return engagement in 2014.

'Paradise Square' produced by Garth Drabinsky announces Broadway run

By Caitlin Huston

“Paradise Square,” a new musical about race relations in New York during the 1860s, has announced a Broadway run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre this winter.

The musical, produced by Garth Drabinsky, will star Joaquina Kalukango (“Slave Play”) in a run starting Feb. 22, 2022 and an opening night on March 20. The musical will come to Broadway after a five-week engagement starting this November at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre.

Playbill - Ethel Barrymore Theater - Paradise Square - Opening Night 4/3/2022
Conceived by LARRY KIRWAN
Additional Music by LARRY KIRWAN
The North Shoreian Vol. 2 / Issue 3 - The Irish Issue  Page 8:
Book Chats - Novel Picks and Passions by Anna Katsavos - "Rockin' the Bronx" by Larry Kirwan

A History of Irish Music
Larry Kirwan’s journey through Irish music is a memoir, a love story, a history of modern Ireland and thus unique. Irish music was ever the nation's chief export, but here one of the finest proofs of that fact takes us on a vivid, beautifully written adventure through that great Irish product,roots, trunk and branch. By Tom Keneally, author of Schindler’s List

Larry Kirwan is like a sports commentator who has actually played the game he is calling. As the frontman for Black 47 he is an insider who can write like an outsider. A History of Irish Music is part autobiographical, but never veers far from its central message that the island of Ireland, and its music, have been intertwined and intertuned for as long as anyone cares to remember, and that the world has benefited beyond measure as a result. This is a great story, and it is told by a musician and singer who can add consummate writing skills to his considerable repertoire. A great read that hits all the high notes. By Ray O’Hanlon, Editor Irish Echo and author of The South Lawn

Larry Kirwan of Black 47

Larry Kirwan | John Spillane | Blog

Irish Music Comes Alive During New Show "CELTIC CRUSH" on Sirius Satellite Radio | Celtic Music Magazine April 13, 2005 by Marc Gunn

Major Thinkers
The Major Thinkers - Back In The 80s - YouTube

Major thinkers - humanesque - YouTube

Major Thinkers | Free Music, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos

Irish Rock Discography: Major Thinkers


Early Major Thinkers/Drinkers - Jay, Peter, Pierce, Larry

The Major Thinkers - Hammy, Larry, and Pierce - 1982
Hammy remembers, "Pierce and Larry convinced me to do this promo shoot for our band (The Major Thinkers). The record company even decided to pay for my haircut, so I went to this expensive hair dresser place and got the latest punk cut. When I got home I realized how ridiculous I looked. I thought, 'I can't go to a photo shoot looking like this', so I went out and bought a pair of clippers and just shaved everything off.
The photographer was this crazy coked up punk rock guy who kept us in his studio for ever. The reason we look all pissed off is because that idiot photographer was driving us nuts."

6/30/1990 NYC Paddy Reilly's More Pics of the early PR days

Larry Kirwan / An Interview Bill Nevins talked with Larry Kirwan in November, 2000.

Larry Kirwan, Liverpool Fantasy (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2003)

Welcome to Dave's On Tour! AN INTERVIEW WITH LARRY KIRWAN By David Iozzia Jan 2005

Interview with Larry Kirwan - Part 1 of 3  Three part Interview by James Hannon with Larry for Sirius Backstage website - March 2007

Reality Sandwich | The Fire of Freedom: A Talk with Larry Kirwan March 2009

Audio WFUV: Larry Kirwan of Black 47

Soundcheck: Larry Kirwan - WNYC March 17, 2010

Irish-American Songwriting Legend Larry Kirwan Talks About His New Novel, Rockin’ the Bronx « Lucid Culture

Black 47 @ 21 - an in-depth interview with Larry Kirwan (part 1) « Jan 28,2011
YouTube - MESSIN' WITH RORY This is Larry doing "MESSIN' WITH THE KID." from the Rory Gallagher Tribute

Larry Kirwan on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads
The Boston Globe 1/27/1993 US 8/1/1993 The Berkshire Eagle 10/25/1996 The Boston Globe 1/13/2000
Billboard 1/29/2000 People 2/7/2000 City Link 2/9/2000 USA Today 2/15/2000
Illinois Times 3/10/2000 Steppin' Out 3/15/2000 Advocate 3/17/2000 Style Weekly Magazine 6/13/2000
Dirty Linen 8/9/2000 Irish Voice 10/17-23/2001 The Philadephia Inquirer 12/16/2001 Ticket 1/18/2002
The Philadephia Inquirer 3/18/2002 Chorus & Verse 6/1/2003 The Star Ledger2/6/2004 Phoenix New Times 2/12/2004
Irish Voice 2/25/2004 Think Press 3/1/2004 The Record 3/12/2004 The Providence Phoenix 3/11/2005
In Flux Black 47’s Greatest Hit The band that never breaks up BY DENISE CARSON 3/15/2006 Irish Echo 5/3-9/2006 United Electrical News 8/2006 Irish Music
Global Rhythm 3/2008 New York Post 3/11/2012 Fortune 9/17/2019 Just What I Needed: Beyond The Cars, Ric Ocasek Also Left a Producing Legacy