As an artistic expression, Black 47 communicates the political consciousness of the Irish-American working class. This is an ideological bloc with cultural and economic interests that diverge considerably from those of the Irish middle-class. That's what has kept Black 47 fresh and interesting for more than a decade. As lead singer Larry Kirwan quotes in "Bobby Kennedy" from their latest CD: "And no one will deliver you from your enemies/If you go ahead and give up on all your dreams." On the title song Black 47 articulates opposition to the right-wing political lies that flatter the savage side of so many white Americans. Kirwan's model is Bobby Kennedy, the Irish Catholic
Artist web site: www.black47.com
A 1997 interview with Larry Kirwan by Christina Roden
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