Black 47
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Fire Of Freedom , 6/10
Home of The Brave , 5/10
Green Suede Shoes , 5/10
Trouble In The Land , 5/10

Black 47 is the project of Irish expatriate folksinger Larry Kirwan, who was playing New York's Greenwich Village clubs already in the 1970s and in the 1990s decided to copy the Pogues with his own band. Fire Of Freedom (EMI, 1993), that includes most of the debut EP, Black 47 (SBK, 1992), is notable only for the eccentric use of horns and hip-hop rhythms.

Abadoning the Irish political and musical stance, Home of The Brave (EMI, 1994) absorbed elements of ska, rap and rhythm and blues. The fusion is intriguing, but rarely entertaining.

Green Suede Shoes (Tim/Kerr, 1996) returns to his political roots and is built around the Irish hip hop of Green Suede Shoes, probably their best idea ever.

Trouble In The Land (Tim/Kerr, 1999) continues to inbreed ska, hip hop and celtic folk with mixed results. The albums are a far cry from their legendary live shows.

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