Larry Kirwan, leader of Irish American rock band, Black 47 for 25 years, will return to BB King's on St. Patrick's Day. He will front a band formed specially for the evening comprising of Coty Cockrell (Hard Times/Dance Theatre of Harlem) on piano, Rene Hart (Branford Marsalis/Mark Ronson) on double bass, Deni Bonet (Cyndi Lauper/Sarah McLachlan) on violin, and Thomas Hamlin (Black 47) on drums. They will perform their new two song release Second Coming Blues (an ode to President Trump) and Heroes (the Bowie classic set in Belfast), and reinterpret Kirwan's Black 47 uproarious classics, numbers from his critically acclaimed musical, Hard Times, and as befits a Kirwan show, lots of improvisation, social agitation, and hilarity.
Fanatic Heart, a movie about Black 47 and Kirwan's part in the rise of the band will premiere at opening night of Craic Film Fest on March 2nd at Cinepolis Chelsea, NYC Trailer https://vimeo.com/171215864
Kirwan is host of Celtic Crush on SiriusXM, writes a bi-weekly column for The Irish Echo and is President of Irish American Writers & Artists. A renowned playwright, novelist and political activist, guests from all these worlds will make appearances at BB King's on March 17, including Cait O'Riordan (The Pogues) and Chris Byrne (Black 47).
Rory K will get the party started with popular uptempo jams like Man of the Moment and the poignant Fresh off the Boat detailing his father's rocky emigration from Ireland to US and Black 47 fame. Expect a wild performance when he debuts his buzzing single Talkin' That Talk.
A VERY SPECIAL GUEST will be added to the show in March.
Lia Fail Pipes and Drums, from Mercer County, NJ, will begin the evening with their traditional march through the audience. Get there early. There will be kilts and pipes a swirling!
Photo Credit: Steve Malinski/NYS Music
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