CELTIC CRUSH Newsletter 
July 2014
better a lucky day than an early start

Hi Crushers, Crushaholics, Ladies with nicely turned ankles, Gentlemen in raised kilts:

I'll be with Black 47 at the Cleveland Irish Festival tonight, Saturday and Sunday July 18/19/20.  I'll also be giving two talks on Saturday and Sunday at 4:30pm.  I'm hoping to do interviews with some of the performers and include them on the July 26th CC show.

Thanks to everyone who's been coming out to see Black 47 over the last month.  It's great to put faces to email addresses, so make sure you say hello.  New gigs being added every week so visit www.black47.com for a full schedule. 

For those who would like to join me on my annual trip to Ireland, the next one will begin on Nov. 18th.  For playlists from the last couple of Celtic Crush shows, and lists of recommended books & movies, scroll down. 

All the best,  talk to you Saturday!

larry kirwan

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

LAST CALL,  Black 47's final album is available on all digital platforms (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) You may also buy the CD or download the 13 tracks at www.black47.com 

★★★★ On "Last Call," Black 47 s 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

All Black 47 CDs/DVDs/T-Shirts/Hoodies/and Larry Kirwan Books/CDs available at
A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDY - Larry Kirwan Blog
            It was a crazy time back in late 1989. Black 47 had just been formed and was making waves. Chris Byrne and I were political and there was much to be political about.

            The four main Irish causes were the wrongful convictions of The Guildford Four, The Maguire Seven, and The Birmingham Six in the UK, and the attempt to deport Joe Doherty from the US.


            There were many benefits and demonstrations and we helped supply the music - often while on the way to a paying gig...


       To read more go to http://black47theband.blogspot.com


Sept. 27, 2014   10pm
CONNOLLY'S, 121 W. 45th St., NYC

Tickets $20 now on sale at Connolly's and at

FOR A FULL LIST OF BLACK 47 GIGS www.black47.com 

Upcoming BLACK 47 Shows
JULY 18/19/20
Cleveland, OH

Westport, CT
Levitt Pavilion for Performing Arts

Port Chester, NY

Queens, NYC

Dublin, OH

Pearl River, NY

Chicago, IL

For full details of all Black 47 gigs

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


BB KING's, 42nd Street/Times Square 
Nov. 15th 8pm  
Tickets on sale now at the club or 

I'm including many recommendations.  If you would like to just get started and get an overview of Ireland and its history, why not try any of the first books.  They will get you going and you may never stop.

Irish History for Dummies

Ten Men Dead - The Story of the 1981 Hunger Strike - David Beresford. This is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand modern Irish history.

The Commitments, The Van or pretty much any book by Roddy Doyle.  Easy to read, lots of fun but will also introduce you to the complexities of modern Ireland.

Michael Collins : a biography by Tim Pat Coogan, 1990. ISBN 0-09-968580-9.

The Yellow Birds - Kevin Powers

Transatlantic - Colum McCann

The Testament of Mary or Brooklyn  by Colm Toibin

Country Girl - Edna O'Brien

Whitey's Payback - TJ English

Chang´┐Ż's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes - William Kennedy

Ancient Light - John Banville

Astray - Emma Donoghue

A Second Life - Dermot Bolger

The Bogman - Walter Macken

The Last of the High Kings - Ferdia Mac Anna

On Canaan's Side - Sebastian Barry

Solace - Belinda McKeon

Paradise Alley - Kevin Baker

The Outside Boy - Jeanine Cummins

Where Have You Been - Joseph O'Connor

City of Bohane - Kevin Barry

Saints and Sinners - Edna O'Brien

The Great Hunger - Cecil Woodham-Smith is a dispassionate but striking book on the Potato Famine of 1845-47 that caused so many Irish to emigrate to the US.

The Orange and the Green - GA Henty. A novel written around 1900 about the events surrounding the Battle of the Boyne and the Siege of Limerick. Originally for young adult audience this reads very well for adults.

The Man Who Never Returned - Peter Quinn

Tabloid City - Pete Hamill

Against The Tide (an autobiography) - Dr. Noel Browne

Lost Boys of the Bronx, The Oral History of the Ducky Boys Gang - James Hannon

Troubles, JG Farrell

South Lawn Plot - Ray O'Hanlon

Thy Tears Might Cease - Michael Farrell

Country Girls Trilogy - Edna O'Brien.  Three wonderful books written by a great writer and a rebel in the soul.  Ms. O'Brien is as readable as she is profound.

Borstal Boy - Brendan Behan

Alistair MacLeod's novel, "No Great Mischief" about the Clan MacDonald who came to Canada in 1779.

Donnelly Trilogy of plays, by James Reaney concerning the Irish-Canadian experience.

Tarry Flynn or The Green Fool - Patrick Kavanagh  He is better known as a poet - do check out his poetry.  But these two small books contain a wealth of information of what it was like to grow up in rural Ireland of the last century.

The Savage City by TJ English - if you'd like to know about crime and passion in NYC in the 60's and 70's this is the book for you.  Powerful!

The Collected Stories by William Trevor - perhaps the greatest living short story writer

This is Your Brain on Shamrocks by Mike Farragher (by the Irish Voice music editor - want to plumb the depths of your Irish pscyhe?  Mike's your man!)

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man or Dubliners - James Joyce.  These are two excellent and slim books to get a feel for Sunny Jim's work before you make the life decision to tackle Ulysses.  The Dead from Dubliners is perhaps the greatest novella/short story ever written.  Don't despair if you find yourself bogged down in Ulysses; it's happened to us all.  Just have a drink, pop open any page and begin to read aloud.  But whatever you do, don't miss Molly Bloom's closing soliloquy.  It's one of the wonders of literature - and more than that - in a way that words fail to do justice.

Eamonn DeValera: a biography by Tim Pat Coogan

The IRA or The Troubles by Tim Pat Coogan

The Secret Scripture or any novel or play by Sebastian Barry.  A very modern writer who delves into the past.  Barry is true poet who uses beautiful language and creates unforgettable characters that leave a mark on you.

Astrakhan Cloak - Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill or any collection of her poetry.  An earthy, yet spiritual, look into the soul of a powerful Irish woman.

Collected Stories - Frank O'Connor.  A very readable writer with a remarkable insight into the Irish soul.  Also try his biography of Michael Collins, The Big Fellah, should Coogan's be unavailable or too bloody dauntingly long.

Five Points - Tyler Anbinder.  This wonderful book will give you a history of the Irish and other immigrants when they arrived in 19th Century New York City.

The Captains and the Kings - Jennifer Johnston

Station Island or any collection of poems by Seamus Heaney

Horse Latitudes or any collection of poems by Paul Muldoon

Good Behaviour and Time After Time by Molly Keane

Fools of Fortune and any collection of his short stories by William Trevor

Amongst Women or The Dark - John McGahern

Year of the French - Thomas Flanagan

Star of the Sea - Joseph O'Connor or any of Joe's hilarious travel books.

At Swim Two Birds or The Poor Mouth or The Poor Mouth - Flann O'Brien

Strumpet City - James Plunkett

How Many Miles to Babylon - Jennifer Johnston

The Book of Evidence - John Banville

Collared - Mike Farragher

Banished Children of Eve - Peter Quinn

The Gathering - Anne Enright

The Year of the French -  Thomas Flanagan

To Hell or Barbados - Sean O'Callaghan

A Drinking Life - Pete Hamill

Let The Great World Spin - Colum McCann

A Traitor's Kiss: The Life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Fintan O'Toole

Poetry My Arse - Brendan Kennelly

All Souls: A Family Story From Southie and Easter Rising - Michael Patrick MacDonald

Ironweed, Legs (Diamond) or any book by William Kennedy - a Joycean narrative of the great city of Albany, NY

The Westies or Paddy Whacked by T.J. English

Green Suede Shoes - Larry Kirwan  Will give you a sense of Wexford, a special town that you may choose to visit, in the first chapters, along with with a relatively dry-eyed look at a life in the music business of the last 30 or more years.


Adam & Paul
A Man of No Importance
The Guard
The Boys From County Clare
Breakfast on Pluto
The Magdalene Sisters
Veronica Guerin
In America
The General
The Crying Game
Into The West
Ryan's Daughter
Some Mother's Son
In Bruges
My Left Foot
The Butcher Boy
Bloody Sunday
Hear My Song
The Quiet Man
In The Name of the Father
Michael Collins
Odd Man Out
An Everlasting Piece
The Field
The Commitments
The Van
The Snapper
Man of Aran
The Informer
Shake Hands with the Devil
Trojan Eddie
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Waking Ned Devine
This is the Sea
Odd Man Out

CELTIC CRUSH PLAYLISTS 7-12-14 and 7-5-14

Mo Bhron (Intro)
Black 47
blackberry wayThe Move
Strawberry FieldsThe Beatles
ApplesDelhi To Dublin
I Used To Love HerThe Saw Doctors
Live At Matt MolloysThe Chieftains
Song of the Wandering AengusThe Waterboys
Salsa O'KeefeBlack 47
Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison
Here Comes The NightThem
Purple HeatherRod Stewart
Bjorks ChauffeurShooglenifty
Loch LomondRunrig
Captain Kelly's KitchenDropkick Murphys
Merry SistersLunasa
Irish RoverBlaggards
The Old Orange FluteTommy Makem
Only Our Rivers Run FreeThe Davitts
Fanatic HeartBlack 47
Alternative UlsterStiff Little Fingers
Minstrel BoyJoe Strummer & Mescaleros
My Lagan LoveVan Morrison & The Chieftains
You and I in the One Bed LieCathie Ryan
El Agua De La VidaSalsa Celtica
Punjab PaddyGaelic Storm
You Belong To MeKate Rusby
Love Will Tear Us AaprtOysterband
Ceili MorThe Indulgers
Siesta SetDervish
What A ShameThe Strypes
Ode To Billie JoeSarah McQuaid
Old Folks At HomeHard Times Cast
KilkellyMoloney Keane & O'Connell
Wacko King HackoPeatbog Faeries
Sleepy MaggieAshley MacIsaacs
Oro OroFinbar Furey
Streams of WhiskeyThe Pogues
People Who DiedJim Carroll
You're So BeautifulPat McGuire
Spanish PointDonal Lunny * Corofin


Mo Bhron (Intro)Black 47
July 4th (Sandy)Bruce Springsteen
Long Hot SummerBlack 47
Oro Se Do Bheatha BhaileSinead O'Connor
One Glimpse of YouBrigid Boden
A Message to you RudyThe Speciials
I Can See Clearly NowHothouse Flowers
Drunken LullabiesFlogging Molly
PJ's ReelsTulla Ceili Band
Nothing ArrivedVillagers
Will You Go Lassie GoThe Clancy Brothers/Tommy Makem
NeidinTommy O'Sullivan
When You Become Stardust TooShay Healy
Dear PrudenceLau
Give Ireland Back to the IrishPaul McCartney/Wings
I Am The WalrusThe Beatles
Carolina RuaThe Chieftains/Imelda May
On The WayBeoga
Pretty Little GirlChieftains/Carolina Chocolate Drops
White BirdsThe Waterboys
BenedictusThe Strawbs
Blood on the BoneShaz Oye
Tupelo HoneyVan Morrison
LingerThe Cranberries
The Wedding ReelLunasa
Courtin' in the KitchenDessie O'Halloran
The Gloaming - Interview 
Sally McLennaneThe Pogues
Sullivan's LakeGarahan's Ghost
Izzy's Irish RoseBlack 47
The Minstrel BoyThe West Ocean String Quartet

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