Larry Kirwan will perform at Wexford Arts Centre on Thursday October 5th, 8:30pm as part of his annual Irish Tour. He’ll be accompanied by two busloads of American and Canadian fans. Kirwan was raised in nearby George’s Street and played his first gigs with The Johnny Reck Showband at the Arts Center (then Wexford Town Hall). He performed with Pierce Turner in Turner & Kirwan of Wexford and Major Thinkers before forming the “riotous and controversial” Black 47. Black 47 played 2500 gigs in 25 years with everyone from Neil Young to Joe Strummer. The band released 16 albums, appeared on every major US TV show, and its songs were heard in many movies.
Kirwan is also a well regarded playwright and composer. His musical, Paradise Square, played Berkeley Rep in California for a 10-week sold out run earlier this year and will open on Broadway in early 2020. His latest novel, Rockaway Blue, a mystery set in the years after 9/11 will be published by Cornell University Press in Spring 2020. He writes a bi-weekly column for The Irish Echo and is host of Celtic Crush on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Kirwan will perform many Black 47 favorites and songs from his various musical theatre works.