Excellent rock band from New York City although composed primarily of Irish expatriots. Current lineup is Larry Kirwan on lead vocals, guitar, and most of the songwriting and lyrics, Chris Byrne on uilleann pipes, Fred Parcells on trombone, Geoffrey Blythe (from Dexy's Midnight Runners) on saxophone, Thomas Hamlin on drums, and Andrew Goodsight on bass. Black 47's music is rock with heavy Irish folk influences, but also has elements of punk, reggae, rap and whatever else they feel like. The music really paints a picture of immigrant New York.

Black 47 is probably best known for the early 1993 hit "Funky Ceili" which got a lot of MTV airplay (and their major-label debut was produced by Ric Ocasek as well). Their next few albums were fairly decent as well, but where this band is the most amazing is live. They are one of the best live acts I have ever seen. There's just this incredible energy, and a vibe, and they all play their instruments incredibly well. Lots of jams and man, are they loud. They are relentless live performers-doing shows all over the East Coast but mostly at Connelly's in NYC most Saturday nights.

They're in many ways the quintessential bar band, but if you ever have a chance to see them, do it.

Additional information on Black 47:

They have a new uileann pipe player, Joseph Mulvanerty, Chris Byrne having left to concentrate on his Irish rap solo career as Seanchaí.

Black 47 is named after the middle year of the "Irish Potato Famine." I'm sure you can find plenty of information regarding the fact that the Irish Potato Famine was not, by definition, a famine, but a potato blight, so I won't go into that here. 1847 is now considered to be Black 47, because that's the year with the highest death toll.

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