Black 47 Lead Singer Larry Kirwan Brings Irish History to Bucks
One-man show ‘Ireland: A History in Song’ takes place Friday, March 16 at Newtown, part of the Bucks Live! concert series
Bucks County Community College, which has been bringing outstanding musical talent to the region for more than 50 years, proudly presents Larry Kirwan’s “Ireland: A History in Song” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, as part of the Bucks Live! concert series.
This special St. Patrick’s Day celebration is a new and exciting one-man show that combines Kirwan’s experience leading the Irish rock band Black 47 with his parallel careers as a playwright, author, journalist and radio host.
Through a mixture of storytelling, acting and singing, Kirwan brings Irish history alive with emphasis on the Great Hunger of 1847, emigration to America, the Celtic Revival, the 1916 Uprising, and the late 20th-century “Troubles.” You’ll be introduced to the likes of James Connolly, Michael Collins, Countess Markievicz, James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Bobby Sands and Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, among others.
The concert takes place in the Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center, located inside the Gateway Center building on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., where there is ample free parking. The theater is equipped with audio-loop technology for the hearing impaired.
Tickets for Larry Kirwan’s “Ireland: A History in Song” are $20 general admission, $15 for students and seniors, and free for Bucks County Community College students with current ID. In addition, a limited number of VIP tickets are available at $30, which includes reserved seating and a preconcert reception to meet the artist. The reception, which begins at 6 p.m., includes light hors d’oeuvres and two glasses of wine or beer. VIP ticketholders must be age 21 or older. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
Larry Kirwan’s concert is part of the Bucks Live! series of innovative programs to inform, inspire, and enrich the life of greater Bucks County, brought to you by Bucks County Community College’s Cultural Affairs Committee.
Forthcoming musical events include three-time Grammy nominee Donny McCaslin – best known for his collaboration and friendship with the late David Bowie – April 12; Philadelphia jazz legend Odean Pope and his “tenor terror” sax May 3; and the Bucks County Community College Jazz Orchestra May 8. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/live or call 215-968-8087.