Black Brothers


Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 7:30 pm


Come spend an enchanted evening with the Black Brothers Band, who make every day seem like St. Patrick’s Day. Led by the charismatic and charming brothers from Dublin, Shay and Michael Black are the singing siblings from Ireland’s foremost family of song—The Black Family— which also includes their sisters Mary and Frances and brother Martin. Shay and Michael play an exciting mix of Dublin street songs, music hall songs and historical ballads including songs from Irish Revolutionary era.

Shay and Michael have a particular fondness for these songs, having sung many of them since their childhood. Singing in close harmony, the brothers draw people in with their energy, wit and superb musicianship. They have a special fondness for chorus songs and love to hear their audience sing.

Shay and Michael grew up in Dublin and both moved to England in the 1970s, eventually settling in San Francisco for Michael and Shay in Berkeley. They’ve recorded one album with their brother Martin as The Black Brothers with sisters Mary and Frances as The Black Family. Michael has one self-titled solo album which was produced by guitar virtuoso and fellow Dubliner John Doyle. Shay has recorded and toured with many famed global as well as regional artists and has recently released the album “Singer’s Request” with Celia Ramsey.

The Black Brothers Band also features fiery fiddle virtuoso San Francisco-based fiddler Bobbi Nikles, who has her own album entitled “Fire in the Air”, and whose luscious fiddling and driving rhythm add fuel to every performance. Also from Dublin is piano player Eamonn Flynn, whose driving piano style adds excitement to the Black Brothers jigs and reels.

The entire band’s joy in performing, their charm and wit all make an evening spent in their company one to savor.