The Black Family (Shay, Michael, Mary, Martin, and Frances) are receiving an award from iBAM. iBAM is a gathering of the best Irish authors, artists and musicians from around the world, under one roof, for a weekend Irish cultural celebration. The iBAM! 2013 awardees, include actor Brendan Gleeson (Performing Arts), author Tim Pat Coogan (Literature), the Black Family (Music), artist Robert Ballagh (Visual Arts). The Awards Dinner will be held on Sat. October, 12th at the Erin Ballroom of the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox in Chicago. The Black Family will be giving a concert the following night.
Michael is planning to teach another Irish & British Isles Song & Performance in
the Fall at Roots Music, Marin. The address is 1455 East Francisco Boulevard, Suite A, San Rafael, CA 94901 | 415- 938-PLAY (7529). Contact them if you are interested in signing up for the course.
Michael is performing at the Maine Celtic Celebration in Belfast, Maine, and will have a few special guests. He will be accompanied on piano accordion by
local Maine musician, Chris Brinn. His daughters, Ciara, Maeve and Catriona will also be featured.
Irish & British Isles Song & Performance (6 weeks): April 3 - May 22, 2013 on Wednesdays from 8:00 - 9:30 pm.
Roots Music Marin | 1455 East Francisco Boulevard, Suite A, San Rafael, CA 94901 | 415- 938-PLAY (7529)
This is a singing group for people of all musical experience levels! If you've never sung before, this workshop will free your voice! If you sing regularly, this workshop is a repertoire builder and a place to get together for holiday cheer sans commercialism. Learn and perform heartbreaking ballads, convivial drinking songs, songs that will make you and us laugh, and ... your favorite song that you've always wanted to sing ... with the wonderful support and guidance of Michael Black, a famed tradition and song keeper, and member of Ireland's well-known musical Black family. In honor of the holidays, hot drinks will be served during the workshop, and the workshop's final "class" will be a celebration and performance at a cozy pub.
Watch a documentary about The Black Family at TG4's website
Michael will be teaching singing workshops at the Catskill's Irish Arts Week in the Catskills Mountains, New York from 15 till 21 July 2012
You can now follow Michael via his public facebook page.
We have added a new video to this site of Michael performing The Willow Tree with the Black Brothers.
We have added a new galleries section to Michael's website containing photographs of Michael.
Read a review of Rathlin's Black History", a radio program by BBC Radio Ulster about the history of the Black Family on Rathlin Island including Michael Black.
Watch two video's of Michael and Shay Black performing. These two video's where broadcasted on the Irish TV Station TG4 in December 2008 and where recorded at the Plough and Stars.
You can now listen to several of tracks by Michael using the music player on this page. The tracks include some of his solo-work, some The Black Brothers and The Black Family songs, some new instrumental songs with James Kelly and even a hilarious live recording called Bat in Boisedale, more about that recording can be found here.
Samples of all tracks of Michael Black's solo album are now available. We also added a guestbook to the site, so sign the guestbook and tells us what you think of michael's solo album and his site.
Today, 30 May 2008, Michael Black's website has gone online. See all Michael's upcoming gigs, view and listen to his solo album, read his biography or get some impressions of Michael and his life.
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