Larry Kirwan is the lead singer, guitarist and composer for the New York based, Celtic rock band Black 47, novelist, playwright and radio host. He was named by the “NY Daily News” as one of the Top 50 Most Interesting New Yorkers.
A political activist, Kirwan has long been involved in Irish and American causes. He hosts and produces Celtic Crush for SiriusXM Satellite Radio and writes a controversial weekly column for the “Irish Echo.”
He has written 11 plays and musicals, five of which are collected in the book “Mad Angels.” “Liverpool Fantasy,” his best-known play, has been produced Off-Broadway and at the Dublin Theatre Festival. Kirwan’s novel version of “Liverpool Fantasy” has been translated into Japanese, Greek and Spanish. “Rockin’ The Bronx,” his latest novel, was published in the U.S. and U.K./Ireland.
Black 47’s album, “Trouble in the Land,” was voted Top Album of the Decade by readers of www.Irishcentral.com and its latest CD is “Bankers and Gangsters.” Black 47 has appeared in Saint of Fort Washington, with Matt Dillon and Danny Glover, and written music for many movies and TV shows, including FX Cable’s “Sons of Anarchy.” Black 47’s CD, IRAQ, is one of the most popular with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and was hailed by “Rolling Stone” as “more of a prayer than a protest.”