XPN Welcomes Black 47 w/ The Ogham Stones
Legendary Irish rockers make one last visit before wrapping up this not-to-miss farewell tour!
September 12, 2014 · 8:00pm
7pm doors / 8pm show
Tickets are available at the door.
We were lucky enough to have Black 47 pay us a visit at the start of their 25-year anniversary / farewell tour earlier this year, but we’re stoked to announce that the legendary Irish rockers had such a good time in February that they wanted to squeeze in one more visit before they officially wrap up their storied career!
If you missed them last time, you’d better make it out this time around for this XPN Welcomes event. This will definitely be the last time you’ll be seeing Black 47 in these parts…
They’ve played more gigs at Shea Stadium than The Beatles, shut down the city of Hoboken, appeared multiple times on Leno, Letterman & O’Brien, starred in a movie with their fans Matt Dillon and Danny Glover, helped spring the Guilford Four and the Birmingham Six from British prisons, saved an Irish immigrant church from the wrecking ball.
Anything else? Oh yeah, their CD IRAQ was the most popular with troops serving in Iraq, their song “The Big Fellah” was featured for three minutes on Sons of Anarchy, they’ve played over 2,500 gigs from pubs to stadiums and released 14 CDs, their songs are used in hundreds of high school and college history and political science courses, and they intend disbanding on November 8, 2014, exactly 25 years after their first gig in The Bronx. Then again, Black 47 has always done it their way.
Led by Irish author, playwright, and SiriusXM radio host, Larry Kirwan, Black 47 play a uniquely Irish form of rock ‘n’ roll that touches on many social and political issues, and yet is never less than entertaining and riveting. Black 47 earned their chops playing four sets a night in New York pubs. They gained national attention for their first indie record before The Cars’ Ric Ocasek produced their second album, Fire Of Freedom which brought them mainstream attention with MTV favorites, “Funky Ceili” and “Maria’s Wedding.”
Through years of relentless touring the band’s signature eclectic sound, socially conscious lyrics and exciting concerts paved the way for other Irish influenced bands such as Flogging Molly and The Dropkick Murphys. A band of band leaders, Black 47 includes, Geoff Blythe (saxophones), Thomas Hamlin (drums), Fred Parcells (trombone/whistle), Joseph Mulvanerty (uilleann pipes/flutes/bodhran) & Joseph “Bearclaw” Burcaw (bass).
This legendary Irish rock band has left a lasting legacy and they intend going out with a bang. Their final CD, Last Call, will be released in January 2014 and Black 47 will tour constantly until their final date in New York City on November 8, 2014.
The Ogham Stones
Born in the back room of a pub and raised in the basement of an abandoned armory, we are Lancaster’s greatest Celtic rock band…Slainte!