Saturday, October 2, 2010

DVD Review: The Music Of Ireland Comes To America

The Music of Ireland returns with their second documentary entitled "Music Of Ireland - Welcome To America." Following where "Music of Ireland - Welcome Home" left off, the documentary begins with Ireland's biggest musical export, U2.

Seeing U2 very early in their career, makes you realize how, in a way, they opened the doors for many if Ireland's pop musicians to make the transition to America. Bono explains how once U2 made in America, they needed to look back at their Irish heritage in order to move forward in their careers.

The different chapters of the documentary cover about every major act to come out of Ireland in the last 30 years. From U2 conquering America, the video moves on to the singer/songwriters of Ireland like Damien Rice and Oscar-winner Glen Hansard. An intimate and honest conversation with Sinead O'Connor gives us the impression that her heart was always in the right place. It covers her controversial Saturday Night Live performance as well as her appearance at Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary Tribute Concert shortly after.

The documentary also shows the breakthrough of such rock/pop acts as The Script, The Corrs and The Cranberries by showing historical live footage of each performer. The highlight of the DVD has to be the interview with Michael Flatley on the rise in popularity of his Lord of the Dance show explaining that it was one of the biggest selling shows in the nineties.

Hosted by Grammy Award-winner Moya Brennan, the documentary explains that the future of Irish music looks promising with the rise in popularity of the Celtic Women and Dropkick Murphys. Also included with this DVD is a 5-song CD that includes music from Brennan, as well as Sinead O'Connor and The Chieftains. This DVD/CD package is exclusive to Barnes & Noble Bookstores. To purchase a copy, please visit www.bn.com and for more information on the "Music of Ireland" documentary, visit musicofireland.com.

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