Larry Kirwan

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Larry Kirwan
Larry Kirwan In 2006.jpg
Background information
Born 1954[1]
Wexford, Ireland
Genres Punk
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts Black 47

Larry Kirwan (born in Wexford, Ireland) is an expatriate Irish writer and musician, most noted as the lead singer for the New York-based Irish rock band, Black 47.[2]

Prior to Black 47, Kirwan and fellow Wexfordian Pierce Turner were the house band in Malachy McCourt's Bells of Hell in Greenwich Village. Their music was a blend of folk, trad, progressive rock, Celtic rock and punk. The group was one of the few groups banned from CBGB's.[citation needed] In the words of Hilly Kristal they were "too demonic". They then led the new wave band Major Thinkers for some years. Their song: Avenue B (is the place to be) became a radio hit whereupon they were signed to Epic-Portrait Records. They recorded an album: Terrible Beauty, that was never released and after a performance in Irving Plaza on St. Patrick's Day 1985 they disbanded.

Kirwan has also written and produced eleven plays and musicals, some of which have been performed in the United States and Europe. The plays deal mainly with Irish history and politics. The most popular is Liverpool Fantasy. Five of the plays: Liverpool Fantasy, Days of Rage, Mister Parnell, Blood and Night in the Garden are published in the book, Mad Angels. Kirwan is working on a musical: Transport, with Australian author Thomas Keneally.

Kirwan formed Black 47 with Chris Byrne in late 1989 after a jam in Paddy Reilly's Pub in Manhattan. The band has released 13 CDs including Fire of Freedom (1993) containing the hit Funky Ceili; Iraq (2008) and Bankers and Gangsters (2010). They have performed over 2000 shows.

Since April 2005, he has hosted Celtic Crush, a radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio that features artists from the 8 Celtic nations who play a wide variety of genres. He also writes a weekly column for the Irish Echo. He has published several books, including a novel version of Liverpool Fantasy and a new novel: Rockin' The Bronx was published in February 2010.

In 2013 he co-produced a various artists compilation for Valley Entertainment titled Larry Kirwan's Celtic Invasion.[3]

Discography[edit]

Larry Kirwan visiting Barnes & Noble Tribeca's yearly Tribute to James Joyce.
  • 1971 - Aftermath - We Have No More Babies Left/Neck and Neck(Original Version)
  • 1973 - Turner and Kirwan of Wexford - Neck and Neck(New Version)/When Starlings Fly
  • 1974 - Turner and Kirwan of Wexford - Bootleg
  • 1978 - Turner and Kirwan of Wexford - Absolutely and Completely
  • 1980 - Turner and Kirwan of Wexford - The Book of The Law/Heretix
  • 1987 - Chill Faction - Eggman on the Deuce
  • 1989 - Black 47 - Home of the Brave/Live in London
  • 1991 - Black 47 - Black 47
  • 1992 - Black 47 - Black 47 EP
  • 1993 - Black 47 - Fire of Freedom
  • 1994 - Black 47 - Home of the Brave
  • 1996 - Black 47 - Green Suede Shoes
  • 1998 - Larry Kirwan - Keltic Kids
  • 1999 - Black 47 - Live in New York City
  • 2000 - Black 47 - Ten Bloody Years of Black 47
  • 2000 - Black 47 - Trouble in the Land
  • 2001 - Larry Kirwan - Kilroy Was Here
  • 2001 - Black 47 - On Fire
  • 2004 - Black 47 - New York Town
  • 2005 - Black 47 - Elvis Murphy's Green Suede Shoes
  • 2006 - Black 47 - Bittersweet Sixteen
  • 2008 - Black 47 - Iraq
  • 2010 - Black 47 - Bankers and Gangsters
  • 2011 - Black 47 - A Funky Ceili
  • 2013 - Various Artists - Larry Kirwan's Celtic Invasion[3]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Mad Angels (1993), Collection of five plays
  • Livin' In America (2004), The Songs and Stories of Black 47
  • Liverpool Fantasy (2003), Alternative history novel surrounding the Beatles after breaking up early in their career
  • Green Suede Shoes: An Irish-American Odyssey (2005), Autobiography
  • Rockin' The Bronx: - a novel set in the Bronx in 1980-82 around the time of the passing of John Lennon and Bobby Sands.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Larry Kirwan." Biographical note for Irish American Oral History interview held at NYU's Ireland House.
  2. ^ "The noughties, a decade of great Irish American music | IrishCentral". Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Larry Kirwan's Celtic Invasion". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 

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