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Bankers and Gangsters

by Black 47

Along with Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, Black 47 is one of the premier Celtic Rock bands in the US whose style incorporates, reggae, hip-hop, rock, folk, and most types of music that you would hear on the New York streets.
Genre: Rock: Celtic Rock
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1. Long Hot Summer Comin' On
4:04 album only
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2. Celtic Rocker
4:57 album only
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3. Bankers and Gangsters
4:49 album only
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4. Izzy's Irish Rose
5:31 album only
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5. Rosemary (Nelson)
3:56 album only
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6. That Summer Dress
5:10 album only
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7. Red Hugh
7:14 album only
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8. Wedding Reel
4:50 album only
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9. One Starry Night
5:58 album only
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10. Long Lost Tapes of Hendrix
6:19 album only
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11. Yeats and Joyce
4:57 album only
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12. The Islands
4:34 album only
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13. Bás in Éireann
5:10 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
If anyone is left standing, it’ll be Black 47. The band is celebrating an astonishing 20 years of rocking the world with the Celtic-influenced genre it pioneered, not to mention their championing of various political and social issues. Known for its partying as much as its politics, Black 47 has released thirteen albums on major and indie labels, toured the world and blown the genre of Celtic rock wide open for many a band to follow.

Now, two years after the release of their provocative album, IRAQ, hailed by Rolling Stone as “an important document, more a prayer than a protest,” Black 47 returns with its 14th release, Bankers and Gangsters. The band employs its distinctive ever-broadening mélange of New York styles - rock, reggae, hip-hop, folk, Irish traditional, downtown noise, jazz and blues – on this celebratory eclectic mix highlighted by some top-shelf storytelling. The new songs range from the rocking socio-political commentary of “Long Hot Summer” and “Bankers and Gangsters” through humorous scenarios like “Long Lost Tapes of Hendrix” and “Izzy’s Irish Rose” to the classic pop songwriting and romantic nostalgia of “Yeats & Joyce” and “That Summer Dress.”

“This time it was more about creating a balance between the joyous and the thoughtful,” said Larry Kirwan. “Really focusing on the rhythm section and coming up with innovative arrangements for the brass and pipes. After immersing myself in IRAQ it was a blast to catch the humor in the old Lower East Side friction between Jewish and Irish in Izzy, or the plight of a wily Yank who seeks to steal the long lost tapes of Jimi Hendrix from the sex-starved ladies of West Cork – a true story, I might add. It was also nice to tip the cap to old friends like Hilly Kristal, Lester Bangs and Staten Island Danny in Long Hot Summer."

As ever Black 47 has its finger on the pulse of the country with a title track commenting on the ongoing financial crisis that employs the band’s trademark black humor. Bound to be a party favorite, “Celtic Rocker” combines Irish Reels and Kinks power chords in the coming of age saga of a lady addicted to the burgeoning Celtic Rock sub-culture. Nor does Kirwan stint on Irish politics and history. “Rosemary (Nelson),” “Red Hugh” and “Bás In Éireann” resurrect righteous figures including Civil Rights lawyer Nelson murdered in 1999. Kirwan’s talent for storytelling is evident on “Red Hugh,” a tale of intrigue and paranoia. “Oddly enough, I was only able to nail the song when I noticed the similarities between O’Donnell and Ahmad Shah Massoud, the assassinated leader of Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance.”

Slated for release March 2, 2010 on United For Opportunity, Bankers and Gangsters comes on the heels of the February 23 publishing date for Kirwan’s new novel “Rockin’ The Bronx,” an immigrant tough-love story set in 1980-82, circa the deaths of John Lennon and Bobby Sands. Black 47 will be touring through 2010 with a heavy concentration on March for the album release and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

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