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Black Brothers Band Concert
Celebrate your Saint Patrick's Day in San Jose!
Friday, March 3rd 7:00 PM @ Trinity Cathedral, San Jose
Admission is $20 in advance or $24 at the door.
On Friday, March 3rd in San Jose at 7:00pm, The Black Brothers Band returns to San Jose, proudly presented by The San Jose-Dublin Sister Cities Program, and generously hosted by Trinity Cathedral, 81 N. Second Street, San Jose.
- Black Brothers Band: Shay and Michael Black, Eamonn Flynn, Bobbi Nikles
- Greene Academy Irish Dancers
- Goodies available from Artisan Celtic Candies
- Opening performance by vocalist Erin Ruth Thompson
Opening for the BBB exclusively at this appearance, will be rising star vocalist Erin Ruth Thompson. Erin came to the Bay Area in late 2012 from Tuscon via Hawai'i. With encouragement from Jack Gilder at the Plough & Stars Irish Pub in San Francisco, and Shay Black at the Starry Plough Irish Pub in Berkeley, Erin quickly fell in love with Celtic music, and has followed her heart, building an impressive repertoire traveling this path ever since. Erin is also an accomplished songwriter, keyboardist, and guitarist.
Click on these links to see video samples:
Erin Thompson singing "The Rocks of Bawn" in February 2017.
The Black Brothers Band - McCarthy's Party.
Erin Thompson singing The Foggy Dew at the Mick McDonnell Memorial in November 2016.
Shay and Michael Black perform "Tarry Flynn" at the first Fairfax Feis.
The Black Brothers Band - The Willow Tree 3-13-08 @ The Little Fox, Redwood City CA
Michael Black & Shay Black @ The Plough and Stars as broadcast on the Irish TV station TG4 in December '08
Michael Black & Shay Black 'Mo Mhadu Beag' (My Little Dog) @ The Plough and Stars as broadcast on the Irish TV station TG4 in December '08.
The Black Brothers perform Ireland Boys Hooray at 2009 Bay Celtic Festival.
Shay Black - Chicken on a Raft.
Shay Black - Barack Obama is IRISH! by The Corrigan Brothers (Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys)
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day two weeks early by spending an enchanted evening with the Black Brothers Band, who make every day seem like St. Patrick's Day. Led by the charismatic charmers from Dublin, Shay and Michael Black are the singing siblings from Ireland's foremost family of song, The Black Family, which also includes their sisters Mary and Frances and brother Martin. Shay and Michael play an exciting mix of Dublin street songs, music hall songs and historical ballads including songs from Irish Revolutionary era. Singing in close harmony, the brothers draw people in with their energy, wit and superb musicianship. They have a special fondness for chorus songs and love to hear their audience sing.
There are numerous songs commemorating this Rebellion and memorializing the people who took part in it. Songs like "James Connolly" (from the first Black Family album), sad personal stories from the Rebellion like the song "Grace", humorous ditties like "Join the British Army", have been in the family for years. Shay and Michael have a particular fondness for these songs, having sung many of them since their childhood.
Shay and Michael grew up in Dublin and both moved to England in the 1970s, eventually settling in San Francisco for Michael and Shay in Berkeley. They've recorded one album with their brother Martin as The Black Brothers and three with sisters Mary and Frances as The Black Family.
Michael has one self-titled solo album which was produced by guitar virtuoso and fellow Dubliner John Doyle. The Irish Echo, in its review, praised Michael as “a gifted, accomplished, sensitive ballad singer with a discerning taste in songs.”
Shay has recorded and toured with the illustrious Stan Hugill, shanty group Stormalong John, American singer Sara Grey, Irish band Garva, the California Revels, Shira Kammen, and many other local artists. Last year he released the album Singer's Request with Celia Ramsay.
The Black Brothers Band also features fiery fiddle virtuoso San Francisco-based fiddler Bobbi Nikles, whose luscious fiddling and driving rhythm add fuel to every performance. Bobbi is an acclaimed force in the Bay Area music scene, and her presence abounds with projects ranging from creating the successful music camp Fiddlekids to performing in a wide array of bands and styles,. She has also played with Wake the Dead, Melanie O'Reilly, Aishling and many more. Bobbi has been a contributor to Strings magazine with articles on bowing technique and instrument evaluation. A sought after teacher at camps, workshops and in her private studio, Bobbi's creative and nurturing style naturally incorporates her depth of knowledge and her experience as a teacher for over 30 years.
Also from Dublin is piano player Eamonn Flynn, His driving piano style adds excitement to the Black Brothers jigs and reels. Eamonn was the keyboardist on the 12 million selling movie soundtrack The Commitments. Now living in San Francisco, he has gone on to record and tour worldwide with such luminaries as Michael Franti and Spearhead, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Elvin Bishop, Pee Wee Ellis, Donald Harrison, Bernard Purdie, Grant Green Jr., Coco Montoya, Michelle Shocked, Maria Muldaur, Tony Lindsay (Santana), and a 10 year stint with legendary New Orleans drummer Zigaboo Modeliste.
With many Irish musical options in the month of March, don't miss The Black Brothers Band at Trinity Cathedral. Their joy in performing, their love of a good story, and their charm and wit make an evening spent in their company one to savor.
For more on Trinity Cathedral, check the website at www.trinitysj.org or call at (408) 293-7953. This performance is made possible in part by the Harold R. Hayes fund and the proceeds benefit our Pat McMahon Scholarship Programs.
Black Brothers Northern California Tour
Fri, 03/03/17 07:00 PM San Jose - Black Brothers Band @ Trinity Cathedral - Concert
Fri, 03/17/17 08:00 PM Berkeley - Black Brothers Band @ The Freight - Concert
Sat, 03/18/17 08:00 PM Sunnyvale - Black Brothers Band @ Sunnyvale Theatre - Concert
For more on the Black Brothers Band, check www.black-brothers.com or on facebook, www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Brothers-Band/143426742350651
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San Jose - Dublin Sister City Program
The mission of the San José - Dublin Sister City Program is to develop cultural, economic, artistic and sporting ties between San Jose and Dublin as well as Silicon Valley. The program includes Irish Week, Education, Sporting, Community Outreach, the Arts and Business.
For more information visit www.sanjosedublin.org.