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 delving 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 to shows including letterman, leno, O’Brien & fallon.