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Black 47 on Center Stage

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Jun 25, 2014 10:54 AM

Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m. on WITF's Center Stage




Started in 1989, Black 47 is an Irish rock band which is based in New York City. They take their name from a traditional term for the summer of 1847, the worst year of the great Irish famine. Led by lead vocalist and Stratocaster player Larry Kirwan, the band plays music with a broad range of influences including hip-hop and reggae.

Their music also often has a great deal of political and social commentary, with songs covering topics from the Northern Ireland conflict to civil rights and urban unrest in contemporary New York. Rolling Stone wrote that the band is  "usually most comfortable playing loud and live with upraised fists and chunky guitar riffs in local hangouts - explodes with declarations of gnashing street poetry punctuated with wailing uilleann pipes, Joe Strummer-style chord chops and Bourbon Street sax sojourns."




After twenty-five years together, Black 47 is making a final tour which will end in November of 2014 with their last performance as a group. In February, they performed at Tellus 360 in Lancaster, which is where their Center Stage performance comes from. The concert was recorded and mixed by Mike Newman of The Sugartank recording studio, located next to the Tellus 360 venue.



The other members of the band include Geofftry Blythe, tenor and soprano saxophone, Joe “Bearclaw” Burcaw, bass, Thomas Hamlin, drums, Joseph Mulvanerty, uilleann pipes and flute, and Fred Parcells, trombone and pennywhistle.

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