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presents Celtic rock band Black 47 in concert

The Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton University will present renowned Celtic rock band Black 47 in concert on their farewell tour of the U.S. on Friday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. Black 47 is disbanding after 25 years of playing a uniquely Irish form of rock ‘n’ roll together. The event is free and open to the public, however tickets are required, which can be reserved in advance and will be available at the door.

Black 47 was featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this past St. Patrick’s Day. The group has played more concerts at Shea Stadium than The Beatles, shut down the city of Hoboken, appeared multiple times on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and starred in a film with their fans Matt Dillon and Danny Glover. They are known for campaigning for the release of the Guilford Four and the Birmingham Six from British prisons and saving an Irish immigrant church from the wrecking ball. The band’s record IRAQ was popular with troops serving in Iraq and their song “The Big Fellah” was featured on the television show Sons of Anarchy. Black 47 has performed over 2,500 concerts from pubs to stadium venues and released 14 albums, including their most recent, Last Call. The group will officially disband on November 8, 2014, exactly 25 years after their first gig in the Bronx.

Black 47’s music touches on many social and political issues and the group has inspired other Irish-influenced bands such as Flogging Molly and The Dropkick Murphys. The band is led by Irish author, playwright, and SiriusXM radio host Larry Kirwan with Geoffrey Blythe on saxophone, Thomas Hamlin on drums, Fred Parcells on trombone and penny whistle, Joseph Mulvanerty on uilleann pipes, flutes, and bodhran, and Joe Burcaw on bass.

Free advance tickets may be reserved through McCarter Theatre by calling 609.258.2787 or at the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (until 8:00 p.m. on show days).  Any remaining tickets will be available at the theatre on the evening of the concert.

The Fund for Irish Studies, celebrating its 15th anniversary season and chaired by Princeton professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, affords Princeton students, and the community at large, a wider and deeper sense of the languages, literatures, drama, visual arts, history, politics and economics not only of Ireland but of “Ireland in the world.” The series is generously supported by the Durkin Family Trust and the James J. Kerrigan, Jr. '45 and Margaret M. Kerrigan Fund for Irish Studies.

The final event in this year’s Fund for Irish Studies series is a concert of Irish traditional music by fiddler Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill. Further information is available at


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Photo caption:  The renowned Celtic rock band Black 47 will make a stop at Princeton on their farewell tour of the U.S. which included a St. Patrick’s Day appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Black 47

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Friday, April 4, 2014

4:30 p.m.

Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center

Admission is FREE but tickets are required. Call McCarter Box Office at 609.258.2787.

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