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Irish Music Comes Alive During New Show "CELTIC CRUSH" on Sirius Satellite Radio

Black 47's Larry Kirwan hosts mix of traditional and contemporary Celtic music

NEW YORK, NY (April 13, 2005) - Irish expatriate and singer/songwriter Larry Kirwan will host a new program of Irish music exclusively on SIRIUS Satellite Radio starting Saturday, April 16.

The new weekly three-hour program, Celtic Crush, will feature a mix of traditional and contemporary music from the Celtic countries and England. It will be broadcast every Saturday from 12pm to 3 pm ET on SIRIUS, commercial-free music channel 99, Horizons.

Wexford, Ireland-born host Larry Kirwan, who is the vocalist and guitarist for the New York-based Celtic-rock band Black 47, plans to dig into his private collection of Irish-themed music to play on Celtic Crush, and to be joined occasionally on the program by special guests.

"Hosting a weekly show on SIRIUS is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to tell and play the unedited story of Celtic music - where it comes from, and, just as importantly, where it's going," said Kirwan. "Expect to hear everything from centuries-old Leitrim lilting to last night's Flogging Molly show."

Black 47's seventh studio album, Elvis Murphy's Green Shoes, was released last month. The band has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and has been profiled by major magazines and newspapers. Independent of Black 47, Kirwan is a playwright with many produced works, and has published three books (Liverpool Fantasy, a novel about what would have happened if the Beatles hadn't become successful, Mad Angels, a collection of plays, and a memoir, Green Suede Shoes: An Irish American Odyssey). He is currently collaborating on a musical with Schindler's List author Tom Keneally.

For more about SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

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SIRIUS delivers more than 120 channels of the best commercial-free music, compelling talk shows, news and information, and the most exciting sports programming to listeners across the country in digital quality sound. SIRIUS offers 65 channels of 100% commercial-free music, and features over 55 channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather for a monthly subscription fee of only $12.95. SIRIUS also broadcasts live play-by-play games of the NFL and NBA, and is the Official Satellite Radio partner of the NFL.

SIRIUS radios for the car, truck, home, RV and boat are manufactured by Alpine, Audiovox, Blaupunkt, Clarion, Delphi, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sanyo and XACT Communications. Available in more than 25,000 retail locations, SIRIUS radios can be purchased at major retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Crutchfield, Office Depot, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and RadioShack. SIRIUS is also available at heavy truck dealers and truck stops nationwide.

SIRIUS radios are currently offered in vehicles from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Infiniti, Jeep*, Lincoln-Mercury, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo. Hertz currently offers SIRIUS at 53 major locations around the country.

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See and hear more about Larry Kirwan and Black 47s music

See a Celtic Cafe feature and interview with Larry Kirwan


--posted by Marc Gunn, Wednesday, April 13, 2005.
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