Black 47- Farewell Tour 2014
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
They 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 3 minutes on Sons of Anarchy, they’ve played over 2500 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 Nov. 8th 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”
Barleyjuice was born out of rock and roll, reared on British Invasion, Country Western and Prog Rock, and landed somewhere in the North Channel with a penchant for all that is Celtic. Kyf Brewer, Swanny Swanson, Eric Worthington, Alice O'Quirke and John Tracey welcome you to their playground of musical misbehavior, where kilts may be a preferred dress, but bagpipes, fiddle, accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, whistle, piano, harmonica, bass and drums cover them nicely even when they turn up naked.
$20.00 - $30.00
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