Once a long time resident of Ireland but now residing in San Francisco, Michael Black of the famous Black Family (Frances, Mary, Shay, Martin and Michael) is a banjo player and an accomplished guitarist and has worked with many well-known Irish artists including Paddy Keenan, John Whelan, Nollaig Casey and James Kelly. More recently Michael has rejuvenated his solo career, playing at various venues throughout the United States.
Simply titled, Michael Black, this album is Michael’s first solo CD and was produced by John Doyle. This CD features a variety of songs from shanties, to a song in Irish, anti-war songs and a number of chorus songs. Musicians on the album include John Doyle, Liz Carroll, Liz Knowles, Seamus Egan, John Williams, Chico Huff, Dirk Powell and backing vocals include John Doyle, Mary, Frances, Martin, Shay, Eoghan Scott, Danny and Roisin O’Reilly.
- 1) Youth of the Heart
- 2) My Father Loves Nikita Kruschev
- 3) The Willow Tree
- 4) Billy O'Shea
- 5) Tarry Flynn
- 6) The Deserter
- 7) Earl's Lane / Old Hag You Have Killed Me / Sparks (Jigs)
- 8) Mo Mhadu Beag
- 9) Little Pack Of Tailors / I've Got A Toothache
- 10) The Coming Of The Roads
- 11) Pat Molloy
- 12) Don't Laugh at Me
- 13) When The Boys Are On Parade