Black 47 Newsletter – September

New Dates Added/Pirate Cruise/ New Black 47 Blog


Sept 12 Black 47Pirate Cruise, NYC

Sept 26 Jersey City Irish Fest (1:30pm)

Sept 26 Suffolk County Firefighter’s Emerald Society Benefit Irish Fest, Nutty Irishman, Bayshore, LI

Sept 27 Asbury Park Oyster Fest, NJ

Oct  31 IBAM Irish Heritage Center, Chicago IL

Nov 21/28 – Dec 5/12   Connolly’s, NYC

*Dec 31  New Year’s Eve in Connolly’s *

Black 47 will do FOUR Saturdays in Connolly’s this fall on Nov 21/28 and Dec 5/12. Not to forget our annual Connolly’s New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square. Tickets are now available online for the four Saturdays and New Year’s Eve at

One of our favorite gigs of the year is the annual Black 47 Pirate Cruise in New York Harbor. We’re moving to
World Yacht Marina, 41st Street/Pier 81/West Side Hwy
NYC  10036,
and commandeering a bigger ship.  Pirate gear, as ever, is optional.  Get your tickets now for the Rocks Off Concert Cruise from: 212-571-3304 or

We’re also looking forward to playing the Jersey City Irish Festival for the first time at 1:30pm on Sept. 26th. That will be a double gig day as we’ll also play a benefit for our friends the Suffolk County Firefighters’ Emerald Society at their “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” Irish Music Festival at the Nutty Irishman in Bayshore, Long Island – 8:30pm.

If it’s anything like last year Asbury Park outdoors at the Oyster Festival will be a blast on Sept. 27th.

And we’ll play Halloween Night at IBAM (Irish Books and Music) in a a benefit for the Irish Heritage Center in Chicago on Oct. 31st.



I’ll be escorting a group of people on an historical/literary/political/musical trip in 2010 from July 7th to 12th.   Call John Hammond at 866-486-8772 for details.  Ideal for high school/college graduation gifts, it will be suitable for all ages, and those making their first visit or traveling alone.

Inquiries to Hammond Tours:
[email protected]


Black 47 New Blog:
“Look up at the stars

Throw the light into dark places

You can’t see the heavens above

When you’re down there on your knees”

Many consider them the two greatest Irishmen, yet one was born in Edinburgh, the other in Liverpool. Though their reputations tend to wax and wane with the economic barometer, let us dwell on the lives of James Connolly and Big Jim Larkin on the approach of Labor Day.

To read more go to The new blog site is interactive – add your comments and stay abreast of Irish issues both in the US and in Ireland.

Recently Added & Upcoming Gigs

  • Sept 4  Blackthorn, E. Durham, NY
  • Sept 5  Newport Irish Fest, RI
  • Sept 6  Blackthorn, E. Durham, NY
  • Sept 12 Rocks Off Pirate Cruise, NY
  • Sept 18 Irish 2000 Fest, Altamont, NY
  • Sept 19 Irish 2000 Fest, Altamont, NY
  • Sept 26 Jersey City Irish Festival, NJ  (1:30pm)
  • Sept 26 Emerald Society/Nutty Irishman, Bayshore, NY
  • Sept 27 Asbury Park Oyster Fest, NJ
  • Oct 3    Mauchunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, PA
  • Oct 31  IBAM, Irish Heritage Center, Chicago, IL
  • Nov 21  Connolly’s, Manhattan, NY
  • Nov 28  Connolly’s, Manhattan, NY
  • Dec 5    Connolly’s, Manhattan, NY
  • Dec 12  Connolly’s, Manhattan, NY
  • Dec 31  Connolly’s, Manhattan, NY

SUGARTIME FEATURES THOMAS HAMLIN Black 47 drummer/bon vivant and David Conrad (first Black 47 bassist/heartthrob) along with Jahn Xavier Bonfiglio and Al Maddy of the Nitecaps, Richard Hell & The Voidoids and the Joey Ramone bands.  Don’t miss this great rock-soul quartet.

Next Gig

Tues Sept 15th  Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery  (212) 228-0228

Wed Sept 30th  P&G Bar, 380 Columbus Ave (78th St) NO COVER
(212) 787-8993