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Black 47 December 2010 Newsletter
Drive The Cold Winter Away

In This Issue
New Dates /New Year's Eve/ Bankers & Gangsters
Confirmed Gigs
IRAQ CD Reviews
Black 47 Holiday Gifts
New Dates Added / New Black 47 Blog

Dec 11 Keltic House, Fishkill, NY

Dec 12 Connolly's, NYC*

Dec 31 New Year's Eve in Connolly's **

*Only one more Saturday celebration of Black 47's 20 Years on the Road Dec. 12th in Connolly's. Don't miss it!

**Not to forget our annual Connolly's New Year's Eve Celebration in Times Square. Tickets are now available online for both Dec. 12th and New Year's Eve at:

TICKETS FOR NEW YEARS EVE RE ALSO NOW ON SALE AT *CONNOLLY'S* (45th St. btwn. B'way & 6th Ave., NYC)!! $20!! As ever, the best value and closest music venue to the heart of Times Square. (Enter at 45th St./6th Avenue with your ticket. No hassle! Doors open at 9pm. Come early and celebrate.

{{Susan from Manhattan who met Jon from Vermont on New Year's '01 would love to rekindle the magic this New Year's at Connolly's. Are you still out there?}}
Stuck for a holiday gift??? Give a Black 47 CD, DVD or T-Shirt. SHOP at
NEWSFLASH: Black 47's new CD, Bankers and Gangsters, will be released on March 3rd, 2010. AND... Larry Kirwan's new novel, Rockin' The Bronx will be published on Feb. 23rd, 2010.



Larry Kirwan will escort a group of people on an historical/literary/political/musical trip in 2010 from July 7th to 12th. Call John Hammond at 866-486-8772 for details. Ideal for high school/college graduation gifts, it will be suitable for all ages, and those making their first visit or traveling alone.

Inquiries to Hammond Tours:


Black 47 Blog:
So President Obama has taken the plunge. He's upping the ante in Afghanistan. Well, the best of luck to him - both getting in and out. But as the Brits might put it, he's on somewhat of a sticky wicket. One thing for sure - it's his war now. We can't blame George Bush anymore. Well, actually, we can, but what's the point? Could the president have done otherwise?

To read more go to The new blog site is interactive - add your comments and stay abreast of Irish issues both in the US and in Ireland.



Join us at for updates on gigs, rare music tracks and videos, PLUS news of Bankers and Gangsters, the new Black 47 CD.


Larry Kirwan

Reading from his new novel, ROCKIN' THE BRONX, set in the only borough on the mainland 1980-82 (circa the deaths of Bobby Sands and John Lennon).

Feb11 - Glucksman Ireland House, NYU, NY 212-998-3950
Mar 8 - Barnes & Noble (TriBeCa) 97 Warren Street, NYC

Recently Added & Upcoming Gigs

Dec 11 Keltic House, Fishkill, NY
Dec 12 Connolly's, Manhattan, NY
Dec 31 Connolly's, Manhattan, NY***
Mar 12 College of Staten Island, NY
Mar 13 Shamrock Festival, Washington DC
Mar 14 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
Mar 16 Showcase Live, Foxborough, MA
Mar 17 BB King's, NY, NY
Apr 9 Larry Kirwan, Record Collector, Bordentown, NJ
May 28 Blackthorn Resort, E. Durham, NY
May 29 E. Durham Irish Festival, E. Durham, NY
May 29 Blackthorn Resort, E. Durham, NY

All Tour Dates & Full Details

SUGARTIME FEATURES THOMAS HAMLIN Black 47 drummer/bon vivant and David Conrad (first Black 47 bassist/heartthrob) along with Jahn Xavier Bonfiglio and Al Maddy of the Nitecaps, Richard Hell & The Voidoids and the Joey Ramone bands. Don't miss this great rock-soul quartet.

Dec. 30th, 10pm
P&G Bar, 380 Columbus Ave (78th St.)
(212) 787-8993


The Iraq War has inspired quit a few songs, but you'd be hard-pressed to hear a musical portrait of it as vivid and detailed as Black47's "Iraq." From "Sadr City" to "Battle of Fallujah" the inveterate troupe approaches the defining struggle of our age from all sides. What's surprising is that it took a band of Irish expats to do it.
Doug Wallen, The Hartford Courant

Black 47's new CD, IRAQ, on United for Opportunity Music is available in stores and online at itunes and other outlets including SHOP at or Lyrics can also be accessed at

"Black 47 has long been known as New York City's top Celtic band, but today they very well may have established themselves as the finest NYC-based rock band ever with this stunning and righteous release. Tuneful and enjoyable, with albums as fine as Iraq, this band will tour for decades to come." Good Times

Check out the video for Sunrise on Brooklyn.


Times Square is the crossroads of the world, and on New Year's Eve it becomes the eye of the hurricane. Since 1989, Black 47 has played within shouting distance of the dropping ball. We wanted to catch the excitement and the thrill of the various New Years' we've spent in Connolly's of 45th Street. IF YOU CAN'T MAKE NEW YEAR'S 2009 AT CONNOLLY'S, then you should have this DVD

Watch Black 47 rehearse and unveil a new song, New Year's Eve in Olde Tymes Square, (ONLY AVAILABLE ON THIS DVD) and ring in 2007 with classics like Funky Ceili, Green Suede Shoes and Forty Shades of Blue; and the stories and background to many songs. Many crowd shots and interviews with band members and Black 47 fans!!


"In the great tradition of Irish narratives, Larry Kirwan now occupies a noble and unique place. His story is so rich, layered, and edgy without a trace of selfconsciousness or self-pity. This is a truly compelling story, told by a rock and roll poet with a deep appreciation of his roots. His understanding of himself and his connection to his past informs his currnt work in the most exquisite way. "
Rosanne Cash

Get your autographed copy today at our SHOP at for $15.


Holiday Special:
All 11 Black 47/Larry Kirwan CDs PLUS Black 47's 2 DVDs for $150 or all CDs for $130. Euros, Sterling & other foreign currency orders accepted & shipped promptly. Go to the SHOP at

Also at the SHOP a full selection of T-shirts, hoodies, caps.

Now Available at the SHOP: DIGITAL DOWNLOADS of most of the in-print catalogue of Black 47 / Larry Kirwan Albums.


Want to keep up-to-date on Black 47 Gigs? Go to: and find out what we're playing plus reviews of performances. Bob Silkowitz has gathered set lists from as far back as 1992 (including names of songs we've performed but never recorded, and much other information).


Check out the collected lyrics of BANKERS & GANGSTERS along with the chords and lyrics of all Black 47 songs, and covers performed over the years (often with annotated comments from the rehearsal sessions) at REEL BOOK. Fred Parcells has collated charts of songs that the rest of us can't even remember playing. Go Freddie with the mean memory!!! Windows 95 forever!!! See the chord charts & lyrics of Long Lost Tapes of Hendrix, Izzy's Irish Rose, Celtic Rocker, Rosemary (Nelson), That Summer Dress, Long Hot Summer, Bankers & Gangsters, etc.


***ANYONE who would like to be part of The BLACK 47 Street Team: to put up posters, fliers and get the word out - in return for free admission to gigs and meeting the band, drop a line to:

***Black 47 is looking for some good people to sell our merch during gigs on the road. If you'd like to help out and be part of our team, drop a line to
Quick Link
Black 47 Forum

The Reel Book

Black 47 : YouTube

Black 47 Photo Gallery

Band Members Info.

Answers YOU always wanted

Black 47 : Lyrics

Legal Free Downloads

Check out Larry Kirwan's controversial weekly column on politics, music, literature and life page 5, Irish Echo


Sirius XM

Holiday Show Satuday Dec. 19th

Tuesday 11pm ET show added

Celtic Crush, hosted by Larry Kirwan, can be heard on Saturdays from 7-10am ET at The Spectrum, Ch. 18 on Sirius, Ch. 45 on XM and Ch. 832 DIRECTV and can now be also heard on Tuesdays at 11pm ET

Celtic Crush is the only Celtic show available throughout all of the US and Canada. It features music from the 8 Celtic nations and their related cultures.
Hear Larry interview Swell Season, Dolores Riordan, Lisa Hannigan, Hothouse Flowers, Ray Davies, Sinead O'Connor, Steve Earle, Dropkick Murphys Moya Brennan, Flogging Molly, Richard Thompson, Lúnasa, Bell X1, Damien Dempsey, etc.

Check out the Celtic Crush playlists on Facebook at
siriusxmthespectrum or write to for the Celtic Crush newsletter and playlists.


  1. Fáilte from Ireland !
    Hello Black 47 - from 1169 , Dublin , Ireland.
    We know all about ye over here - don't hear the band too much on the wireless (radio!) , but that's what this interweb thingy is for!
    I'm looking for a wee plug - for an event that first started on Christmas Day in the Canal waters in Dublin in 1976 , and which will be 33-years-young this December 25th.
    It raises thousands of pounds/euros/dollars etc each year , for the families of imprisoned Irish Republicans. More info here -

    - it would be appreciated if you could see your way to giving us a wee mention on your blog .
    Slán go foill anois ,
    Is mise,

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