Singer-songwriter Michael Black comes from a long line of musicians — generations, in fact — as the descendant of an illustrious Irish family renowned for its musical progeny. Like his brothers Shay and Martin and sisters Mary and Frances, Michael Black has played traditional Irish music since he was a child growing up in Dublin in the 1960s. While traditional Irish music wasn’t popular at the time, by the 1970s it began to experience a resurgence, and the Black family became so well-known they recorded an album in 1985 called, appropriately enough, “The Black Family.” Michael Black, who in the late ’90s moved to the United States and teaches at San Francisco State University, continues to record and perform on his own. He tours all over the world, and his solo album “Michael Black” was voted Album of the Year by the radio show Celtic Connections. The banjo- and guitar-playing singer-songwriter will make a special Maine appearance at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Fisherman’s Friend Restaurant in Stonington. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of the show; call 367-5051.
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