08/17 Fri 8:30 ~ BLACK 47; with special guest Nenad Bach Band $25 +$2 processing
Towne Crier Cafe
Pawling, NY
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Friday Aug 17, 2012 8:30 PM - Friday Aug 17, 2012 11:00 PM | $27.00


08/17 Fri 8:30 ~ BLACK 47; with special guest Nenad Bach Band $25 +$2 processing

In 1993 Black 47 changed Irish-American music irrevocably when they burst out of MTV screens with their hit single, Funky Ceili.  Not only were people dancing in the aisles at their concerts, they introduced a new generation to the literature, politics and soul of Irish culture.  Taking their name from the darkest year of the Irish Potato Famine, their music, though often based on traditional melodies, is laced with rock, reggae, hip-hop, New Orleans and modern jazz; while songwriter Larry Kirwan uses influences as varied as Yeats, Joyce and Dylan to fashion his dramatic cutting edge lyrics.

Kirwan was born in Wexford, Ireland and emigrated to Greenwich Village where he made his name as a playwright in the company of the McCourt Brothers, Pete Hamill, Lester Bangs, Cyndi Lauper and Ric Ocasek.  Long involved in the Irish Civil Rights Movement, he formed Black 47 in 1989 to give voice to ideas of freedom and cultural renewal.  The band's packed performances in New York City led to intense media attention and they were propelled into mainstream consciousness when they recorded Fire of Freedom and Home of the Brave for EMI Records.  They have appeared on every major TV show (including Leno, Letterman and O'Brien) and were profiled by Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, etc.  They have released seven other acclaimed CDs including their latest release, Bittersweet Sixteen, takes a look back at the band's last sixteen years on the road and is a collection of rarities, unreleased tracks, live recordings and new songs.

They have appeared in The Saint of Fort Washington with Matt Dillon and Danny Glover, and their music has been featured in Stephen Rea's The Break, Jim Sheridan's Into the West, Timothy Dalton's Deterrence as well as many independent movies and documentaries.  Their own Public TV special, Black 47 with The Trinity Irish Dancers appears nationally on a regular basis.  They composed the music for and performed in Victim 0001, an ITV (UK) film about their friend and fan, Fr. Mychal Judge, chaplain of the FDNY during 9/11.  Their songs have long been used in political science and history courses in hundreds of colleges and high schools where Kirwan is often a guest lecturer.

Kirwan programs Celtic music for Sirius Satellite Radio and hosts his own bi-weekly show Celtic Crush.  His plays, published under the title Mad Angels have been produced in the US and Europe.   His novel, Liverpool Fantasy, an alternate history of the Beatles, received much critical acclaim as did the recently published Green Suede Shoes, a memoir of life in Ireland and New York City.  His CD for children of all ages, Keltic Kids, is a perennial favorite.  He enjoys reading and speaking to select audiences at colleges and centers prior to the band's performances.

Black 47 includes Geoffrey Blythe (saxophones), a founding member of Dexy's Midnight Runners, Fred Parcells (trombone), who has worked extensively in Latin/Jazz big bands, Thomas Hamlin (drums), a veteran of the Max's/CBGB's downtown scene, Joseph Mulvanerty who is recognized as one of the great innovators of the Irish uilleann pipes, and newest member, bassist, Joseph Bearclaw, who has added his funk and R&B experience to the brew.

In their current theatrical show, Kirwan and his comrades offer a thrilling journey through history and political struggle that will not only entertain but open up audiences to a new cultural experience.

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The New York Times called international recording artist Nenad Bach "a cross between Lou Reed and Elton John." Nenad has performed with Bono, The Edge, Luciano Pavarotti, Rick Danko and Richie Havens, among others. Nenad played at Woodstock in '94 and he recently completed a tour of Australia, Japan and China. Two of his albums reached #1 in Europe, and to date he has sold over 1 million records. His current CD, All I Want is Freedom, is a potent shot of rock infused with heart & soul, packed with provocative lyrics calling back the ethos of the sixties; unafraid to question, determined to seek answers, in a rousing call to action that electrifies, galvanizes, and at the same time mesmerizes.

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* We do not reserve specific tables except for TCC members, when possible (see membership benefits).
* Tables closest to the stage are held for dinner guests.
* The earlier you arrive, the greater the selection. The Towne Crier Cafe is an intimate room, and there are no bad seats.
* "Show Only" tables are assigned after those reserved for "Dinner & Show" parties.
* Recommended time for an enjoyable, relaxed dining experience:
  Party of 2: One hour before show time
  Party of 3 or 4: Two hours before show time
  Party of 5 or more: At least two and one half hours before show time.
* $2 handling & processing charge per ticket.
* All sales are final. No refunds. No exchanges.

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Towne Crier Cafe (View)
130 Route 22
Pawling, NY 12564
United States


Music > Celtic
Music > Rock

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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On BPT Since: Aug 05, 2011
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