Black 47, named for the worst year of Ireland's Great Potato Famine, is a band comprised mostly of either Irish expatriates or the descendants
of Irish immigrants. Based in New York City, the group plays a unique blend of traditional
Celtic music, rock 'n' roll, rap, hip-hop, funk, and reggae. Lyrically, their street-wise songs
contain stories about Irish-American culture, as well as Irish revolutionary heroes such as
James Connolly, Michael Collins, and Bobby Sands. Black 47 also tackles sociopolitical issues
like racism with equal measures of humor, anger, and wisdom.