U2, Glen Hansard Star in 'Music of Ireland' Documentary
U2, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and The Script will star in the second installment of the "Music of Ireland" documentary series, which originally premiered on PBS stations in February. "Music of Ireland - Welcome to America" will roll out nationwide on public television stations this month and throughout the fall.
Barnes & Noble continues to be the exclusive physical retailer of the CD and DVD versions of the documentary, and will feature a nationwide, in-store promotional campaign starting Aug. 31. The retailer will offer an exclusive combo pack of the CD with the Part I DVD "Welcome Home" as well as the new Part II DVD "Welcome to America."
The CDs and DVDs also will be available to viewers who make a donation during the public broadcasting.
"Welcome to America" begins where "Welcome Home" left off in the early 1980s, as U2 was emerging as a world-renowned act. It goes on to profile the careers of Sinead O'Connor, The Corrs and The Cranberries, and the international influence they cultivated. The hour-long documentary also features interviews with Academy Award winner Glen Hansard of The Swell Season and songwriter Damien Rice.
"The thing that fascinates me the most is that this tiny little island of 4 million has been able to turn out [this] number of top-selling artists and influential artists," says president and founder of Elevation Group Denny Young, who is also executive director of the series. "That was the story that hadn't been told in totality and something I felt the general public would find very interesting."
Clannad's Moya Brennan, who hosts the documentary, told Billboard.biz that she feels the "Music of Ireland" series informs people of how wide the scope of Irish music is and that part two will share how important America has been in the preservation of Celtic musical traditions.
"The people that [immigrated to] America were able to record and treasure what they brought with them," Brennan says. "[America] helped us sustain and remember."