CELTIC CRUSH Newsletter 
Samhain 2014
Build a bonfire - the spirits have need of the light...

Hi Crushers, Crushaholics, Ladies on tables and Gentlemen in  kilts:

By right this Samhain newsletter should go out tomorrow but I wanted you to know about a FREE Black 47 gig tonight Thursday at Tommy Fox's in Bergenfield, NJ.  There are only 8 gigs in total left.  It's been great meeting you all on the road and for those in the South we'll be playing at Four Green Fields in Tampa on Nov. 1st and Gallier Hall in New Orleans on Nov. 8th  Two new gigs added are Nov. 11th Georgetown Saloon, Redding, CT and Nov. 14, Mahoney's Irish Pub, Poughkeepsie, NY  Visit www.black47.com for a full schedule before our final performance at BB King's in NYC on Nov. 15th. 

Some exciting news on the CD front - we have recently come into possession of some boxes of the long deleted Home of the Brave and Green Suede Shoes albums and they go on sale today at www.black47.com at SHOP.

For playlists from the last couple of Celtic Crush shows, and lists of recommended books & movies, scroll down.  All the best 'til Saturday morning, bright and bushy tailed with your digital coffee and Tullamore Dew!

larry kirwan

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

Make sure you visit Fans of Celtic Crush on Facebook on Saturday mornings at 7am for videos and information about the songs being played

Upcoming BLACK 47 Shows

Bergenfield, NJ

Tampa, FL

New York, NY

New Orleans, LA
International Irish Famine Commemoration

Redding, CT

Philadelphia, PA

Poughkeepsie, NY

New York City

For full details of all Black 47 gigs

RISE UP is now available as a CD and T-Shirt at all gigs and from www.black47.com SHOP. Larry Kirwan has compiled 15 tracks of remastered favorites and rarities recorded over Black 47's controversial career.  From their first recording of Patriot Game  two months after forming to their parting shot with US OF A 2014  Black 47 show why many have hailed them as America's primary political band. 78 minutes of white hot rebellion, resistance & redemption!

A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDY - Larry Kirwan Blog

                                                              CHANGE & BERNADETTE
"Change comes slowly like the ocean
But they can't stop the tide
And they're never ever going to stop us"

I was recently compiling Rise Up, an album of political/historical songs for Black 47. With over fifty to choose from it called for hard choices.

Certain songs like James Connolly and Bobby Sands MP were obvious but Change, a Reggae tune, kept surfacing. It took me a moment to remember who inspired the song - not surprising since Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is rarely in the public eye anymore. And yet, what an impact she had on Irish life...

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




Green Suede Shoes contains some of Black 47's most loved songs including Bobby Sands MP, Change, Five Points, Czechoslovakia, and  Green Suede Shoes electric & acoustic versions.

Angry, mournful, hilarious! Sing along, drink along and be merry. - People Magazine

Larry Kirwan isn't content to stand within the lyrical confines of standard pop songs and that's what makes Black 47 so much fun - Chicago Tribune

NOW ON SALE AT www.black47.com  SHOP

Home Of The Brave is a natural follow-up to last year's critically acclaimed Fire Of Freedom. It's filled with broadly told stories of heroes of every stripe, from activist Paul Robeson to rock-'n'-roller Bobby Fuller, as well as a multitude of characters right from the streets of urban America. Co-produced by bandleader Larry Kirwan and former Talking Head Jerry Harrison, Home Of The Brave also shows Black 47's uncommon ability to incorporate traditional Irish melodies, dancehall reggae, funk and a variety of rhythms into its big rock sound. "Paul Robeson," "Who Killed Bobby Fuller," "Danny Boy" and "The Big Fellah" stand out among the 16 tunes here, as vast and unpredictable as New York itself. - Jim Caligiuri: CMJ New Music Report

NOW ON SALE AT www.black47.com  SHOP

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

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 or Nora Webster  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 9-27-14 and 9-20-14
CELTIC CRUSH   10-25-14

Mo Bhron (Intro)Black 47
James ConnollyBlack 47
Sep-13The Waterboys
Tom Paine's BonesNew York Brogue
What A ShameThe Strypes
Two StonesWalking on Cars
Poor Ellen SmithThe Whileaways
WavelengthVan Morrison
The Kesh JibThe Bothy Band
You Belong To MeKate Rusby
Dear PrudenceLau
Working Cllass HeroJohn Lennon
Where's Me JumperSultans of Ping FC
Anarchy in the UKThe Sex Pistols
White ChristmasStiff Little Fingers
The Rising of the MoonThe Dubliners
Johnstons Motor CarThe Cllancy Brothers
Her Father Didn't Like Me AnywayFinbar & Eddie Fury
23rd StreetBill Morrissey
Les Amantes InfidelMick McCauley/Winifred Horan
The Chelsea HotelLeonard Cohen
Whirl-Y-Reel 2Afro-Celt
AnthemThe Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Great Ceili SwindlePeatbog Faeries
ApplesDelhi 2 Dublin
When The Ship Comes InChieftains with The Decembrists
TemperanceThe Narrowbacks
Reels - The Floating CrowbarLost Tribe of Donegal
DrunkEd Sheeran
Lady of a certain AgeThe Drivine Comedy
How About I Be MeSinead O'Connor
LingerThe Cranberries
Sally McLennaneThe Pogues
Sullivan's LakeGarahan's Ghost
Weekend IrishBarleyjuice
Drunken LullabiesFlogging Molly
Get Out of DenverDave Edmunds
Sam HallBlack 47
Spanish PointDonal Lunny/Cofofin

CELTIC CRUSH   10-18-14

Mo Bhron (Intro)Black 47
Who Knows Where The Time GoesSandy Denny
Time Has Told MeNick Drake
Time Is On My SideRolling Stones
Rebels of the Sacred HeartFlogging Molly
PlunksterBible Code Sundays
If I Should Fall From GraceThe Pogues
Lovers of LifghtAfro-Celt
Light FlightPentangle
Whole of the MoonThe Waterboys
BirchesBill Morrissey
Hello in ThereJohn Prine
I Still Miss SomeoneRosanne Cash
Matty GrovesFairport Convention
Black 47Black 47
State of MassachussetsDropkick Murphys
BansheeYoung Dubliners
Mummer's DanceLoreena McKennit
LucyNick Cave
The Band Played Waltzing MatildaLiam Clancy
Tom Traubert's BluesTom Waits
TemperanceThe Narrowbacks
King of the FairiesHorslips
Boys of the Old BrigadeMighty Ploughboys
Faerie StoriesPeatbog Faeries
Adhainn an t-SluaighRunrig
Old Folks At HomeHard Times Cast
Don't GoHothouse Flowers
CathainLiam O'Maoinlai
Viva La Quinta BrigadaCarlos Nunez/Liam O'Maonlai
Raglan RoadAshley Davis
CarrickfergusVan morrison
Samhradh SamhradhThe Gloaming
Big FellahBlack 47
FionnghualaThe Bothy Band
Buile Mo ChroiJohn Spillane/Louis De Paor
N 17The Saw Doctors
Galway GirlSteve Earle
Courtin in the kitchenDessie O'Halloran
The StormMoving Hearts

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