Larry Kirwan will be performing live at the Cutting Room NYC St Paddy’s Day Eve. It will be the first since the announcement of doing separate musical projects from Black 47. See the details below:
1. You will be doing first solo St Paddy’s Day show in NYC! Are you excited?
Sure! Playing on St. Patrick’s Day in NYC is like jumping atop a wild stallion. You try to guide
it but you usually end up just hanging on and going with the excitement and glow. I did a solo
show at the Boulton Center in Bay Shore on Saturday and it went really well, so I’m wound up and ready for St. Patrick’s Night. When I did solo shows during the Black 47 era I usually contrasted the performances – take the solo show down and make it more introspective. But now I just take the Black 47 fire onstage with me and attack the electric/acoustic Takemine just as I did the Stratocaster for 25 years.
2. Can you share with us your set list?
I won’t even decide on that until just before going onstage, and even then I’ll change that set list around while onstage. I have a lot of Black 47 songs to choose from and will re-imagine them, oftentimes adding a bit more of the back story before the actual song; so it’s somewhat a different experience. People will hear more of the lyrics and perhaps get deeper into the soul of the original song. I’ll also be doing some songs from my musical Hard Times, and setting the scene back in July 1863. I’ll probably do a couple of covers. And there’s a Yeats poem that I set to music about 10 years ago that I’ve never really performed. We’ll see… but whatever, it will all be fresh.
3. What can we expect from you this year, in terms of live shows and also solo projects?
I’m developing Hard Times for a bigger production up in Toronto so will be up there quite a bit. I’m also doing a solo show of Foster in the Five Points out in Bergen Community College Theatre in Paramus, NJ on April 16th. I was commissioned to do that by the Lincoln Library and will probably do more of those shows. I have a new book coming out in April, A History of Irish Music – and will do some readings from that over the next six months. I’m also working on a new musical about Iraq that will incorporate a number of the songs from Black 47’s IRAQ CD. But I will do some strictly solo music shows – I’ve really gotten back into guitar playing again. I miss the Fender Strat – it was like a part of my body for all the years of Black 47 – but I’m enjoying the acoustic again. So, onwards and upwards, as the bishop said to the actress!
4. Message to your fans?
“Treat every day as if it’s your last – and one day you’ll be right.” That’s actually from my friend, Malachy McCourt. But it’s so true. On a more personal basis, thank you so much for all your love and support down the years. Even though Black 47 will no longer play, the spirit of the band will go on. The songs are still there and I’ll be playing them.
It’s going to be an exciting event. Go to his website for more details: http://www.black47.com