Kicking off the entertainment for the St. Patrick’s Day Season at the Irish Cultural Center are The Black Brothers joined by some special guests.
Shay and Michael Black are singing siblings from Ireland’s foremost family of song, The Black Family, which also includes their sisters Mary and Frances, and brother, Martin. Hailed in the Irish Echo as “one of the most impressive groups of Irish singers to be found anywhere; exquisite, exhilarating, and nothing short of thrilling” they raise their sibling rivalry to revelry. The Blacks adroitly accompany themselves on banjo, cittern and guitar. The musical lineup also features button accordion virtuoso, Félim Egan and keyboardist, Eamonn Flynn. At their concerts one can expect to hear Irish traditional ballads, Dublin street songs, music hall ditties, contemporary folk compositions, rollicking reels and joyful jigs, all interspersed with comic stories, jokes, and humorous childhood anecdotes that invariably have audiences smiling broadly and joining in on the choruses. Shay and Michael are close harmony singers, with a special fondness for songs that includes their audience in chorus, and many of the songs are narratives with stories.