Music of Ireland – Welcome Home is honored with an Emmy

(Cleveland, OH) – The Cleveland-based Elevation Group has won its first Emmy Award, being recognized by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its production of Music of Ireland – Welcome Home. Music of Ireland, a documentary that tells the definitive story of contemporary Irish music, won in the category - ENTERTAINMENT: PROGRAM/SPECIAL.

Emmy winners were announced during the New York Chapter’s 54th Annual Awards Gala on April 3 in New York City. Executive Producer and Elevation President Denny Young was on hand to accept the award with Director Philip Marshall, Laura Savini from presenting station WLIW/ and President Neal Shapiro.

“This program featured a who’s who of Irish music including several Grammy Award, Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winners.  It told a wonderful story and was very fulfilling to produce,” commented Denny Young.  “It was an honor to work with all of these extraordinary and talented people and it feels great for our team to be recognized by our peers.”

Music of Ireland – Welcome Home focuses on the Emerald Isle’s greatest musical exports, their influence on America and the music’s global impact.  Hosted by Clannad’s Grammy Award-winning Moya Brennan, the performance documentary features six Grammy Award, Academy Award and Golden Globe winners, and three Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

Beginning in 1960 with the Clancy Brothers, Music of Ireland – Welcome Home traces the origins of Irish music, and features exclusive interviews with U2’s Bono and Adam Clayton, Michael Flatley and Bill Whelan of Riverdance, Live Aid and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats, Sinéad O’Connor, Pete Seeger, The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney, former Celtic Woman Órla Fallon, Black 47’s Larry Kirwan, six-time Academy Award-nominated director Jim Sheridan, the late Liam Clancy in his final U.S. television interview, and many other Irish musicians, scholars, journalists, and producers.  Brennan, Enya’s eldest sister, conducts intimate interviews that weave a thread of connections and themes, both past and present, that link Ireland’s unique and sizeable contribution to both the music world and the creative arts – from rock to folk, country to classical, dance, film, and literature.  Revealing stories include Seeger’s discovery of Irish music, Bob Dylan educating Bono on the Clancy Brothers and the McPeake family, the inspiration behind Van Morrison’s music and lyrics, Riverdance’s beginnings, and The Chieftains’ early days.

Never-before-seen performances by U2 and Friends, Clannad, The Dubliners’ John Sheahan, Paddy Moloney and Moya Brennan, the McPeake Family, and an authentic Dublin pub session combine with vintage clips of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and The Dubliners on The Ed Sullivan Show, Judy Collins playing music from the ‘old country,’ The Pogues and Van Morrison with The Chieftains on RTE’s Late, Late Show, and Riverdance’s debut at Eurovision to illustrate the full breadth of the Irish musical spectrum.

Music of Ireland – Welcome Home’s Billboard-charting companion CD is sure to provide the soundtrack for generations of Irish music, collaboration and spirit.  Produced by acclaimed producer John Reynolds (U2, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Björk, Dido), the companion CD features new material by Grammy Award-winners Moya Brennan, Sinéad O’Connor and The Chieftains, Academy Award-winner Glen Hansard (The Swell Season), Damien Rice, former Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan, Andrea Corr, Damien Dempsey, Shane MacGowan (The Pogues), The Hothouse Flowers, Órla Fallon, the late Liam Clancy, Paul Brady, John Sheahan, Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine, and a special track by Anúna featuring Moya Brennan and Afro Celt Sound System’s Iarla Ó Lionáird.

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A production of the Elevation Group. Executive Producer: Denny Young. Director: Philip Marshall. A presentation of WLIW21 in association with WNET.ORG. Funded in part by Tourism Ireland.