The Center for Irish Studies is excited to host Larry Kirwin of Black 47 on Villanova's campus Thursday, September 7th from 7pm-9pm at the Connelly Cinema!
THIS IS A FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOW. NO TICKETS REQUIRED
IRELAND – A HISTORY IN SONG is a new and exciting one-man show by Larry Kirwan that combines his 25 years experience leading Black 47 with his parallel careers as playwright, author, journalist and radio host. Through a mixture of story-telling, acting, and singing Kirwan brings Irish history alive with emphasis on The Great Hunger of 1847, Emigration to America, The Celtic Revival, 1916 Uprising, and the recent “Troubles.” You’ll be introduced to and get to the heart of James Connolly, Michael Collins, Countess Markievicz, James Joyce, WB Yeats, Bobby Sands & Bernadette Devlin McAliskey among others.
The show will include classic Kirwan songs such as Black 47, James Connolly, The Big Fellah, extracts from his plays and books, Mr. Parnell, Blood, Hard Times, A History of Irish Music, and Green Suede Shoes in a seamless story that will entertain & educate.
Larry Kirwan is one of the most popular performers/personalities in Irish-America.
Apart from his groundbreaking work with Black 47 – the band that spearheaded the Celtic Rock movement - he also hosts Celtic Crush on SiriusXM, writes a bi-weekly column for the Irish Echo, and is president of Irish-American Writers & Artists. In a 25-year career Black 47 played 2,500 gigs, released 16 CDs, and appeared on all major TV shows including Letterman, Leno, O’Brien & Fallon.
A critically acclaimed playwright with 15 plays and musicals, Kirwan will also weave in songs from his acclaimed musical, Hard Times – now being developed for a Broadway production. Always a riveting performer, Kirwan holds audiences spellbound with his intensity, insightfulness and wit. He will conclude the evening with a selection from the rollicking side of the Black 47 catalogue including hits like Funky Ceili, 40 Shades of Blue, Livin’ in America.
Kirwan's songs have been featured in many movies and recent editions of Sons of Anarchy and Gossip Girl; they are also used in hundreds of college and high school history classes. His latest book, A History of Irish Music, not only illuminates the music but links it to the social and political changes of the last 75 years in Ireland.
Now booking - a powerful new solo show with all the fire and vision of Black 47 by Larry Kirwan, named one of the Top Fifty Most Interesting New Yorkers by The Daily News.