Black 47 & CELTIC CRUSH Newsletter 
Almost March Madness 2014
LAST CALL is Black 47's final album. It will be released and available on all digital platforms (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) on March 4th but YOU can NOW buy the CD or download the 13 tracks at  You can also find the lyrics, chord charts, stories, pictures of players and guests at  LAST CALL is on sale at all Black 47 gigs.

★★★★ On "Last Call," Black 47 serves a 200 proof cocktail made with a shot of funk and two fingers of Irish malarkey thrown in for good measure. Larry Kirwan saves the best for last, using roots, rock, and reggae to bring the final curtain down on the most influential Irish American band in history."  Mike Farragher/Irish Voice

This is a combined B47/CC newsletter to alert you to LAST CALL and let you know the St. Patrick's Day season dates for the band. We're especially highlighting BB Kings on March 17th. as this will be our 25th St. Patrick's Day appearance in NYC and our last.  In fact many of the upcoming shows will be our last in many venues so we'd love to see you all out enjoying yourselves and raising the rafters one more time in the coming months.

All the best, 

larry kirwan

Celtic Crush - SiriusXM The Spectrum, Ch. 28,  Saturdays 7-10amET,  Tuesdays 11pmET  & ON DEMAND

BB KING's, 42nd Street/Times Square 
March 17th - Show 7pm, Doors 5pm (Right after the Parade) 
Tickets on sale now at the club or

"I'll love you forever on St. Patrick's Day" 
Written by Thomas Keneally of Schindler's List fame, Transport tells the story of four Irish women deported to the Australian penal colonies in 1838. With an original score by Black 47's Larry Kirwan Transport transcends time with a haunting immediacy.  At the Irish Rep, 132 W. 22nd St., NYC Wed-Sun until April 6.

For songs, action and commentary:

Buy Tickets Now at or call 212-727-2737

All Black 47 CDs/DVDs/T-Shirts/Hoodies/and Larry Kirwan Books/CDs available 
Upcoming Shows

with Ogham Stones
Lancaster PA
Newton Theatre
Newton, NJ

Paramus, NJ
Bergen Community College
Ciccone Theatre

Boulton Center
Bay Shore, NY

March 9
St. Augustine Celtic Festival, FL

World Cafe Live
with Barleyjuice
Philadelphia, PA

March 14
Stone Pony
Asbury Park, NJ

March 15
Ocean Mist
Matunuck, RI

Empire City Casino
with Shilelagh Law
Yonkers, NY

March 17
BB Kings
New York, NY

March 21
Bridge Street Live
Collinsville, CT

March 22
Shamrock Fest
with Dropkick Murphys
Washington DC

MAY 25-26


Nov. 18-23, Galway, Donegal, Derry, Belfast, Wexford Dublin 
For a brochure call Hammond Tours 866-486-8772 or email      

                                                           A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDY

He called me Lang for many years. Back in those antediluvian days when people communicated through letters, my scrawl turned the two "R's" in Larry to a barely legible "N." He addressed me with such authority I never had the gumption to point out the error of his ways.
After all, he was Pete Seeger and I was barely off the boat. He seemed a bit like Mount Rushmore with a rare trace of Abraham Lincoln about him.

            I can't even remember how I met the man. The East Village was a churning place at the time and I was introduced to many a radical by Brian Herron, grandson of James Connolly, and founder of the Irish Arts Center.  Though Pete would have been considered a Leftist I don't recall him ever saying anything the least ideological. It was more that he was on the side of the angels and you didn't think twice about following him - or as he preferred marching shoulder to shoulder.

            He always seemed like a very solid island in a roiling ocean. He and that banjo of his were like a calm in the psychedelic musical storm that raged at the time.  We were all aware of his past and how he had been shamelessly blacklisted. He may have suffered privately over this issue but he never betrayed the least self-interest or even a hint of self-pity. Once he touched your life you never forgot him. He was the embodiment of the Bobby Sands mantra - no one can do everything but everyone has their part to play. You couldn't help but be moved by him.

            He once told me that what you leave out in music is more important than what you put in. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I mouthed to myself, for I was at the stage when throwing the kitchen sink in the mix made eminent sense.  Given that he was one of the stern folk Nazis at Newport when he threatened to cut the power to the electric Bob Dylan on stage, he loved Turner & Kirwan of Wexford and our eclectic ways. He used to stand at the side of the stage and quizzically study us - a rare occurrence because he usually masked his thoughts with either a stern or mildly amused visage.

            During a sound-check at New York's Town Hall he bounded onstage inquiring the whereabouts of our bagpiper. We though he had taken the bad acid and were about to put him on the right track until we discovered that he was referring to our moog synthesizer and the plaintive wails Pierce could coax from it. We were playing Traveling People at the time and he told us he would write straight away to his brother-in-law, Ewan McColl, and inform him of the miracle that was transposing his folk anthem.

            Later that night one of our Shure speakers toppled over and came within inches of decapitating him. It was probably my last chance to become a Right Wing hero. In typical Pete fashion he didn't even acknowledge the crash as the audience leaped to their feet suspecting an FBI plot.

            He called me out of the blue some years back. We hadn't spoken in an aeon but, as usual, there were no formalities. He wanted help in writing a play about George Washington and the occasion he refused the entreaties of his followers to declare himself king.  Pete felt this story had to be told as we were in a dangerous age of presidential power and overreach. Much as I loved the man, I didn't have the time to go traipsing up to his house in the back of beyond, for Pete could be a very exacting and deliberative person.

            We never spoke again but I thought of him recently while mixing the final Black 47 CD. Some songs seemed to cry out for embellishment; then I remembered his "what's left out is more important..." dictum. I played back the songs in question. Sure enough, everything was already there - and maybe too much of it.  I went back to mixing. Pete Seeger had made my life easier and more understandable. I suspect he did that for a lot of people.


Listen to Larry Kirwan host Celtic Crush on SiriusXM The Spectrum, Ch. 28, Saturdays 7-10amET, Tuesdays 11pmET & ON DEMAND
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Mo Bhron (Intro)Black 47
Culchie PrinceBlack 47
LisdoonvarnaChristy Moore
P Joe's ReelThe Tulla Ceili Band
The Fields of AthenryDropkick Murphys
N 17The Saw Doctors
Siesta SetDervish
Green Fields of FranceThe Furey Brothers
When Margaret Was 11Malinky
Waltzin' MatildaLiam Clancy
Tom Traubert's BluesTom Waits
The Thatch Cabin SetMick McCauley/Win Horan
This Is Your SwordBruce Springsteen
Nothing ArrivedVillagers
Two StonesWalking on Cars
Take Me To ChurchHozier
Old LadySinead O'Connor
Cleaning WindowsVan Morrison
Please Please MeThe Beatles
Luck of the IrishJohn Lennon
Day in the lifeThe Beatles
Drunken LullabiesFlogging Molly
The RockerThin Lizzy
Man Who Built AmericaHorslips
Meet Me on McCleanShilelagh Law
Molly MollyA Band of Rogues
Sons of MollyBlackthorn
LingerThe Cranberries
SleepyMaggieAshley MacIsaac
The Mommer's DanceLoreena McKennitt
Interview With Louis De Paor/Dana Lynn 
The StormMoving Hearts

Mo Bhron (Intro)Black 47
Summertime BluesEddie Cochran
God Save The QueenThe Sex Pistols
Get Out of DenverDave Edmunds
Dearg DoomHorslips
Matty GrovesFairport Convention
All Around My HatSteeleye Span
BirchesBill Morrisey
Worse Than PrideKieran Goss
Hello In ThereJohn Prine
Wako King HakoPeatbog Faeries
Don't You Forget About MeSimple Minds
Loch Lomond RemixRunrig
Liverpool LouDominic Behan
Working Class HeroJohn Lennon
Liverpool FantasyBlack 47
Cello SongAshley MacIsaacs
ApplesDublin 2 Delhi
Home For A RestSpirit of the West
CarrickfergusVan Morrison
Old Main DragThe Pogues
Clare To HereBrian Kennedy/Ralph McTell
State of MassachussetsDropkick Murphys
Granny QuinnsSolas
Part of the UnionThe Strawbs
Spered HollvedelAlan Stivell
DelivranceAlan Stivell
Time To GoBlack 47
White BirdsThe Waterboys
Grand HotelKila
Waterloo SunsetThe Kinks
First Girl I LovedThe Incredible String Band
My FatherJudy Collins
Old Folks At HomeHard Times Cast
Whistles The WindFlogging Molly
I Buried Me WifeDervish
There Is A MountanDonovan
Hay WrapThe Saw Doctors
El Agua De La Vida1Salsa Celtica
Honky Tonk WomenThe Pogues
AlbatrossFleetwood Mac

Mo Bhron (Intro)Black 47
Streams of WhiskeyThe Pogues
Whiskey in the JarThin Lizzy
Nancy WhiskeyGaelic Storm
Bang on the EarThe Waterboys
Carolina RuaThe Chieftains/Imelda May
Buile Mo ChroiJohn Spillane/Louis De Paor
Saint Dominic's PreviewVan Morrison
The Lady Came from BaltimoreTim Hardin
Song of the Wandering AengusThe Waterboys
Stretched on your GraveSinead O'Connor
Long Black VeilThe Band
Poor Ellen SmithThe Whileaways
Funky CeiliBlack 47
Ceili SwingStockton's Wing
Ceili MorThe Indulgers
I Used To Love herThe Saw Doctors
Merry Sisters of FateLunasa
Teenage KicksThe Undertones
Rakish PaddyBaka Beyond
Lisdoonvarna (Live)Christy Moore
Come Out Ye Black & TansThe Wolfe Tones
The DutchmanLiam Clancy
The Minstrel BoyPaul Robeson
KilkellyMoloney, O'Connell & Keane
Pilstol Slapper BluesRory Gallagher
Irish Catholic BoySeanchai & Unity Squad
Only Livin' Boy in New YorkLarry Kirwan
Two StonesWalking on Cars
Nothing ArrivedVillagers
Stride SetBill Laswell
Hard TimesHard Times Cast
Copper TitleBrian Keane
Old Folks At HomeHard Times Cast
When Irish Eeyes Are BurningThe Ike Reilly Assassination
Bjork's ChauffeurShooglenifty
In a Big CountryBig Country
Las Vegas in the Hillls of DonegalGoats Don't Shave
Waxies DargleYoung Dubliners
Galway GirlSharon Shannon
Spanish PointDonal Lunny/Corofin

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