All you Celtic rockers and Celtic readers, take note: Black 47 frontman Larry Kirwan is coming the the Irish Center this weekend.
Larry Kirwan, author, and lead vocalist and guitarist for New York City-based rock band Black 47, will perform songs and read from his latest novel, "Rockin' the Bronx" this Saturday, April 21, at the Kansas City Irish Center in the lower floor of Union Station. The show begins at 7 p.m.
The novel is an immigrant tough-love story about a boy, who travels to New York in hopes of finding his girlfriend and returning home to their native Ireland, and his struggle with the harsh realities of the plagued Bronx during the 1980s. The performance will also include excerpts from his other novels, "Liverpool Fantasy," an alternative history of The Beatles and his memoir, "Green Suede Shoes."
Kirwan has played the Kansas City and Brookside Irish fests with Black 47. His solo visit here, which is part of a national tour, is very special for the Kansas City Irish Center. A frequent guest on the Conan O'Brien show as well as Letterman, he has recently returned from Sydney where he collaborated with Schindler's List author Thomas Keneally on a musical about female Irish convicts exiled to Australia.
Having this great performer here is further evidence that the Center is getting on the "big time" stage for Irish cultural events. Please come and bring your friends.
Below, Kirwan and Black 47 with Funky Ceili: