Continuing to meld punk, traditional Irish, reggae, funk, big-band and whatever other sound feels right, Black 47 is back with their first studio CD in 4 years and Larry Kirwin has written the best Black 47 CD to date.
Almost a concept album, Kirwin has tried to capture a “pictures” of life in New York City, particularly in the post 9/11 world. Songs like the title track, “Livin’ In America – 11 Years on” and particluarly “Mychal,” Kirwin’s tribute to Fr. Mychal Judge, write his “love letter to the city that took him in and gave birth to Black 47.”
The expected strong playing of a band that cut its teeth in the pubs and bars of NYC is enhanced by guest appearances that read like a who’s-who list of Celtic and/or New York music. Eileen Ivers returns (she’s played on several of Black 47′s previous releases) to add her top-notch fiddling as well as guest vocalists Rozz Moorhead, Mary Courtney, Christine Ohlman, Suzzy Roche, Ashley Davis and David Johansen (biographies of all the guest musicians appear here). The highlight of the guest appearances is Rosanne Cash’s hauntingly sweet vocal on “Fiona’s Song.”
Whether it is a new introduction to Black 47 or you are a returning long-time fan, New York Town is sure to spend quite a bit of time in your CD player. This is the first truly “must-have” CD of the new year.
Don’t forget to check the band’s website, Black47.com for updates, merchandise, etc.
Black 47 has already headed out on tour to support the new release. Here’s the current Schedule:
February 5 Ram’s Head Taven Annapolis, MD
February 7 Connolly’s New York, NY
February 12 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
February 13 Briget’s Public House Staten Island, NY
February 14 Connolly’s New York, NY
February 21 The Stone Pony Asbury Park, NJ
February 27 John Boyle O’Reilly Club Springfield, MA
March 4 Ned Devine’s Boston, MA
March 5 The Call Providence, RI
March 6 Toad’s Place New Haven, CT
March 11 Four Green Fields Tampa, FL
March 12 Palm Beach Irish Festival West Palm Beach, FL
March 13 House of Blues Chicago, IL
March 16 Westbury Music Fair Westbury, LI
March 17 BB King Blues Club & Grill New York, NY
March 20 Guinness Presents the Holyoke Fleadh Holyoke, MA
March 21 The State Theatre Falls Church, VA
April 16 Beachcomber Quincy. MA
May 8 Celebration of Celts Chatham, NY
May 28 Blackthorn Resort East Durham, NY
May 29 Irish Festival East Durham, NY
May 29 Blackthorn Resort East Durham, NY
May 30 Chicago Irish Festival Oak Forest, IL
May 31 Chicago Irish Festival Oak Forest, IL
I’m looking forward to seeing the new songs in Providence.