The production of Moya Brennan's US show, tentatively titled "Sowing the Seed: Irish Music and the World", has started. For the show, a two hour national program about Irish music and it's influences, hosted by Moya Brennan, a number of Irish artists have been interviewed. Some names are; Sinead O'Conner, Damien Rice, Patty Maloney, Orlagh Fallon of Celtic Women, Andrea and Jim Corr, Mary Black, Liam O'Maonlai and Bill Whelan. A national release date is planned in spring of 2010. Stay tuned for more.
This is fantastic! I was so excited when I first heard about it and I am so looking forward to the program. ;D My local PBS station had better air it!!
Thank you Steve for posting about it here so Corrs fans in North America (and everywhere) have a heads up about the upcoming program. So cool that Andrea and Jim are a part of it and great that we can see and hear from other amazing Irish artists.
It sounds as though it is going to be a great program.
Post by DazedOblivion on Feb 17, 2010 16:14:59 GMT 1
I took a peek over at the Moya forum, and one of the fans posted the tracklist for a companion CD that it appears will be released in conjunction with the television show:
Here's the track listing for the CD coming out March 2nd:
1 Óró, Sé do Bheatha 'Bhaile / The Welcome Home Party 2 Song to the Siren / Sinéad O'Connor 3 Lullaby for the Dead / Moya Brennan 4 Under the Tongue / Damien Rice 5 The Parting Glass / John Sheahan 6 Forgotten / Moya Brennan 7 High Hope / Glen Hansard 8 Maasai Returns / Damien Dempsey 9 Oh Brother / Andrea Corr 10 Blacksmith / Dónal Lunny 11 Dreams Will Come / Paul Brady 12 You're the One / Moya Brennan 13 Is Mise 'n Ghaoth/The Lass of Aughrim / Moya Brennan
A fan from Corrs Online forum posted the info about the song which sang by Andrea :
Oh, Brother Written by Andrea Corr, John Reynolds, John McLaughlin
Andrea Corr, Vocal, Whistle Eammon De Barra, Flute, Whistle John McLaughlin, Guitars John Reynolds, Drums John McKenzie, Bass Caroline Dale, Cello Moya Brennan, Vocals
Produced and recorded by John Reynolds
Looks like she's taking the part on writing the song and also played her "long-term instrument" as well (Tin Whistle ;D ). I'm really curious to hear the full song now. Here's hoping a chance for it to be released officially as worlwide download single, but I'm only "thinking" to order the cd, instead of putting my hope to high.
Irish music in a nutshell Flawless new documentary delivers
By Michael Norby
Hosted by Grammy Award-winning icon Moya Brennan, Music of Ireland - Welcome Home is the definitive history of contemporary Irish music. Photo by Mella Travers.From Tomas O’Canainn to The Clancy’s; from The Chieftains to The Pogues, Irish music is as diverse as it is majestic. It has evolved remarkably throughout many years of fermentation, producing very different flavors of song, thread with the romantic and colorful needle of Irishness to become the country’s most famous export.
Throughout the years, there have been many honest endeavors by respected filmmakers to capture the true essence of what makes Irish music so abundantly loved the world over. Very few attempts have succeeded in packaging those ingredients together into a discernable and believable final product that leaves viewers satisfied that they now ‘get it.’
It’s a difficult task. The birth and evolution of Irish music is a complex and storied affair borne from too many years of oppression, poverty, hunger and war. Those struggles have formed a gritty backbone that has bent and swayed over the years as new personalities and subtle outside influences have combined to enrich the genre.
Exploring 50 years of contemporary Irish music, a new documentary to be screened on New York’s WLIW21 on Tuesday, March 2, beautifully analyzes the multifarious, yet intrinsically connected branches of the Irish music family tree.
Hosted by Clannad’s Grammy Award-winning Moya Brennan, Music of Ireland -Welcome Home manages to provide a wonderfully concise, exceptionally educational and entertaining insight into the history of Irish music and its impact across the globe. Featuring exclusive interviews with The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney, Bono and Adam Clayton, Bob Geldof, Sinead O’Connor, Pete Seeger, Liam Clancy, Christy Moore and many, many more, the film is perhaps the most polished of its kind.
Brennan employs a conversational approach as she sits with friends and peers in relaxed, intimate settings where they discuss the origins of their craft and share their deep personal affection for the music of Ireland.
Those interviews, coupled with vintage television footage of some of the most important performances in Irish music history, complement each other perfectly to create an hour-long masterpiece. According to Brennan, it was the sense of kinship with those featured in the film that led to such an insouciant, yet deeply illuminating insight into the heart of Irish music.
“People talked to me freely rather than just being aware of answering questions,” Brennan told The Irish Emigrant. “I knew 98 percent of the people I talked to and that is perhaps the reason why it is so relaxed. It was really amazing to chat with and find out various things from people that I’ve known for a long time.”
Beginning with The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem’s groundbreaking 1961 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, Welcome Home is peppered with dazzling historical pieces including performances from Judy Collins, The Pogues, Van Morrison singing with The Chieftains, The Dubliners, and Riverdance’s premiere at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. Also on tap is previously unseen footage of U2, Clannad, The McPeake Family, as well as revealing perspectives into Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan’s discovery of Irish music.
“We try to show how the tree of Irish music grew,” said Brennan. “It’s a tree with many branches and its growing all the time and each branch has its own story. Whether it’s Donal Lunney and Andy Irvine [Planxty] bringing eastern rhythms into Irish music or Clannad bringing influences from American West Coast harmonies into Donegal Gaelic songs, the stories are unique.
“If the roots are healthy then the tree is healthy and it will blossom. That is what happened and continues to happen with Irish music. Wherever you go in the world, people respect and love it.”
The film also includes the final, poignant US interview with Liam Clancy who died in December 2009, shortly before the documentary was wrapped. Clancy speaks about his “blessed” life and how he first realized that music was there to be sung and enjoyed by everyone when, as a young boy, he yelled out to his mother, “mammy, they’re playing your song on the television,” after watching Burl Ives sing “Froggie Went a Courting” on his television set.
“I was really humbled and privileged that I did the last interview with Liam Clancy,” said Brennan. “It was very moving. He passed away when we were coming to the end of this and we thought it was proper that we had quite a bit of the Clancy’s in there because it was the first time music from Ireland achieved such popularity in America.”
An accompanying CD provides the perfect soundtrack, boasting an impressive line-up of artists. The album features new performances by Brennan, Sinead O’Connor and The Chieftains, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Shane MacGowan, Donal Lunney and Andy Irvine, Andrea Corr, the late Liam Clancy, John Sheahan and others.
A sequel to Music of Ireland – Welcome Home is planned for late 2010 focusing on more recent artists including U2, Celtic Woman, The Cranberries, The Corrs, The Irish Tenors, and singer/songwriters like Glen Hansard and Damien Rice, as well as the rise of Irish music festivals and the use of Irish music in film and television. Music of Ireland – Welcome Home will air on Tuesday, March 2, at 9 p.m. on WLIW21 and on Saturday, March 6, at 8 p.m. on NJN (New Jersey Network). The film will re-air in the days following the premiere – check local listings for details.
Moya Brennan will perform on Tuesday, April 6 at The City Winery in New York City. Tickets are available at the City Winery Box Office, www.citywinery.com, or by calling 212-608-0555.
Post by DazedOblivion on Mar 4, 2010 6:36:59 GMT 1
Mine came in the mail today, and I just watched it. I enjoyed it since I have such an interest. It somewhat like the Out of Ireland DVD since it covers everything from traditional music to the Pogues and U2. The Corrs aren't mentioned, at least in this Part 1.
On the actual show, Andrea only appears for probably 10 seconds or less, so you might be disappointed if you're only getting it for Andrea's cameo. The CD that comes with with the DVD features a 4 minute, 10 second track, "Oh Brother" sung by Andrea Corr, which I like and it's produced very well. Unlike some of the stuff on her solo album, this track might fit nicely on one of the Corrs albums like Talk On Corners or In Blue. Nice track!