Though his group has an almost messianic following among Irish Americans -- particularly politically conscious ones -- Kirwan has always insisted that Black 47 is a New York City band first, even if most of the characters in his songs see the town through the eyes of Irish immigrants. New York Town was released in January '04, four years after its predecessor, and no one needs reminding of what happened in the city between those dates. But though the CD addresses 9-11, it doesn't dwell on it. Kirwan's New Yorkers are still individuals who laugh, love, argue, struggle, agonize, and dream in their private spheres. The band's new CD, Elvis Murphy's Green Suede Shoes, and Kirwan's latest book, Green Suede Shoes: An Irish-American Odyssey, are set for a March 1 release. The band hits the House of Blues the very next day.
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