Expat Irish writer and musician Larry Kirwan is most noted as the lead singer for the New York-based Irish rock band, Black 47.
Larry Kirwan 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.
Larry 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.