The repertoire of the Brothers is very broad and includes old Dublin street songs, music hall songs and historical ballads, songs from the Irish, English and Scottish traditions, along with songs by contemporary writers. Shay and Michael are close harmony singers, with a special fondness for songs that include their audience in chorus, and many of the songs are narratives with stories. The performances include a lot of up tempo reels and jigs, along with some mighty fine dancing from their dances, which brings an added excitement to every concert. With each show interspersed with stories, jokes and humorous childhood anecdotes, audiences invariably leave their concerts smiling broadly and humming new choruses.
Shay and Michael Black are now touring the U.S. regularly. The brothers have recently been joined by piano player, Eamonn Flynn. Cellist Myra Joy, who is an accomplished solo musicians in her own right, has been on leave from the band as she recently became a mother. However, she is set to return to the lineup in the Fall. The band is rounded out by fiddle virtuoso Bobbi Nikles. These fine musicians aresure to bring energy and liveliness to the music of the Black Brothers.