27 November 2014
Shay has released an album together with Celia Ramsay called "Singer's Request", which can be ordered from CD Baby. The album proudly includes instrumental support from John Doyle, Liz Carroll, Michael Black, Patrice Haan, Charlie Hancock, Eamonn Flynn, David Morris, David Brewer and Rebecca Lomnicky and vocal harmonies on some songs from Shay's family: niece Róisín, sisters Mary and Frances, and brothers Michael and Martin.

Shay Black is the eldest brother of Ireland's well-loved Black Family. Shay is revered in the San Francisco Bay Area as a song-catcher and teaches classes in song repertory when he and his brother, Michael, aren't following their busy performance schedule as The Black Brothers. He has appeared on numerous recordings, including In Harmony’s Way, and hosts the Sunday night Irish seísun at the Starry Plow in Berkeley. Celia and Shay have been singing together at music camps and song circles for many years.

On January 15, 2015 at 8:00pm, Celia and Shay will perform music from their new duo album, Singer's Request at the Freight & Salvage coffeehouse in Berkeley. The will be joined on stage by Charlie Hancock, Patrice Haan, and Shay's brother, Michael Black. Tickets are for sale now.
4 February 2014
We will be live streaming our upcoming concert at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, which starts at 11:00pm EDT on March 15. Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in! You can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting now at http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/3936-michael-and-shay-black. The webshow will not be recorded – it's offered in real time. I hope you can join us!
11 February 2014
Shay and Michael will again be featured at the Yosemite Bug Mountain Resort just outside Yosemite where they will join with other Irish musicians for a weekend of fun-filled sessions, concerts and a ceili. Shay will be calling dances on Saturday February, 22nd and he and Michael will also be performing that evening.

The Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort
6979 Highway 140
P.O. Box 81 Midpines, CA 95345
Toll Free: 866.826.7108
Telephone: 209.966.6666
E-Mail: bughost@yosemitebug.com
25 July 2013
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.
10 April 2013
The Black Brothers will be joined by the Sacred Heart String Ensemble at the concert at the Collins Theater on 19 April. They will also be accompanied by dancer Ciara Duggan and Michael's daughter, Ciara Black will also sing a song or two.
Black Brothers with the Sacret Heart String EnsembleCiara DugganCiara Black
30 March 2013
Michael will be hosting a Singing Workshop, the 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 !
8 October 2012
Watch a documentary about The Black Family at TG4's website
3 February 2012
The new Freight and Salvage singing class "Expand your Folk Song Repertoire" starts next Monday January 9, 2012 at their downtown venue in Berkeley, CA, and goes for six weeks. There is a week break when Shay goes on the Folk 'N Irish cruise with The Black Family.

Shay will teach four to six songs per class, with a later focus on singing alone, performing in front of people, singing in a session, and other subjects that students feel are important. If you like you may bring a recording device to help memorize melody. However, both lyrics and music will be posted weekly on The Freight website, so you can access the music throughout the course. Shay will provide the lyrics......lots of them!

The songs are mainly from Ireland and the Irish diaspora. Other songs come from the Scottish, English and sea music traditions. Everyone will be learning songs on a line-by-line basis, and then the class members sing the song together. There is no pressure in this class, just the joy of singing with others, and learning lots of songs.

Shay will call on his extensive knowledge of the Irish, English, Scottish, and other folk traditions to pull new songs up and his teaching style is through learning by repetition, so no background knowledge of music theory is necessary. "If you can hum it, you can sing it."

Website: www.freightandsalvage.org/folk-song-repertoire-shay-black

Please pass this information on to friends/family. And if they can't make it on Monday, drop Shay a line at Shay_Black@Hotmail.com and he will let people know when the next class starts.
3 February 2012
Several gigs have been added to the Black Brothers 2012 schedule, both as the Black Brothers, some solo gigs and with the Black Family.
25 March 2011
We have updated the galleries section of this site and added several beautiful photographs taken at the Fox Theater on 15 March 2011.
6 January 2011
Michael and Shay will be performing with their daughters at the Irish Fest weekend to be held at the Yosemite Bug Mountain Resort from Friday, February 25th until Sunday, February 27th, with a concert on Saturday, February 26th, 2011. This is a wonderful family-friendly event close to the entrance of Yosemite where the brothers will also be joined by another fine Irish band, The Gasmen. For details see gigs.
10 September 2010
Shay is having his birthday bash at The Freight on 18 September.
8 September 2010
Join Michael, Shay, Mary and more members of the Black Family on the Irish Festival Cruise from 30 January till 6 February 2011. We will sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale aboard the Poesia and are calling on the lush tropics of Key West, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. For more details visit www.irishtours.com
5 September 2010
Read the review of "Rathlin's Black History", a radio program by BBC Radio Ulster about the history of the Black Family on Rathlin Island (online feed available until 5 September).
17 September 2009
Michael Black and Jon Sanders on Tour Michael will be teaming up with the virtuoso musician, Jon Sanders in November for a tour of California.  Jon is a remarkable musician who is plays guitar/bouzouki/ukulele and has performed with many of Ireland’s best musicians as well as a host of international musicians
15 October 2008
Shay performed the song There's No One as Irish as Barack O’Bama
Song written by Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys.
Permission to add additional verses given to Shay Black and others by the Corrigan Brothers (Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys). Click here for lyrics. Click here for a statement from Shay and Ger Corrigan
27 February 2008
Michael Black will tour New Zealand together with guitarist Jon Sanders in April. Michael will also tour solo through Oklahoma in the second half of April
25 February 2008
The Black Brothers have planned their March tour in the USA again.
5 June 2007
Michael Black will be releasing his first self-titled solo album on 17 July on Compass Reocrds. See the details of this new album on the album page. Here will also be playing at several festivals this year. The currently confirmed that can be found on the gigs page. More dates will be added later.
22 February 2007
The Black Brothers have planned their March tour in the USA.
4 September 2006
Michael has just finished recording his first solo album. The album is being produced by John Doyle. There is a wide variety of songs from shantys, 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. He hope's to have the album completed in the next month or two.
22 January 2006
Check out the gigs page for the dates of the Black Brothers March tour in the US. Also three solo gigs of Michael have been announced on the gigs page.
24 August 2005
The Black Family (without Mary) will be playing at the Royal Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, England on October 23rd 2005. Tickets are 17.50 and 12.50 (GBP) and have just gone on sale. Bookings can be made at the Box Office on (+44)151 709 3789 or online at http://www.liverpoolphil.com
24 August 2005
The Black Brothers website has been completely redesigned. Note that not for all albums soundclips are available yet. They will be added at a later time. 8 August 2004The new Black Family album Our Time Together has been released. Find out all details, including soundclips of every track in the Discography.