A brand new series dedicated to the works of Ireland’s most iconic novelists, poets and playwrights has been announced.
The series, titled Voices of Ireland, is hosted by Imelda May and will premiere on Sky Arts and NOW on Tuesday, December 14.
Paying homage to the literature, landscapes and music that shaped Irish culture, the two-part series aims to take viewers on a tour of the country of Ireland where Imelda will join the most popular contemporary singers, musicians, poets and actors. most famous in the country. and writers to recreate the works of some of Ireland’s greatest artists through a series of intimate performances.
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Over the course of two episodes, May and her guests will retrace the footsteps of Joyce, Yeats, Heaney, Kavanagh, Beckett and many more as they walk to the stony gray soil of Monaghan and walk along the leafy Dublin Canal, as well. than on Raglan Road and Grafton. Street.
Speaking ahead of the series, May said: “I was really excited to get involved in this project and showcase the breadth of talent Ireland has offered to the world.
“Traveling to this small country and showing the profound impact Irish artists have had across the world has been a wonderful experience. “
In addition to tracing the literary traces of our past with compelling recitations from Oscar nominated actor Stephen Rea, Booker Prize nominated author Colm Toíbín and Emmet Kirwan, May will also meet other musicians, such as Moya Grammy nominee Brennan, Sharon Shannon, Loah and Pillow Queens for a series of performances and musical interludes.
Sky Ireland CEO JD Buckley said: “We were delighted to work with Imelda May on this two-part series. It shows how Irish artists were at the top of their game and put Ireland on the map, all over the world.
“Voices of Ireland is just one part of Sky’s larger investment in Irish content across multiple genres, including fact, comedy and sports. “
Produced by Red Shoe Productions in collaboration with Tourism Ireland and Sky, Voices of Ireland is directed by IFTA award-winning Maggie Breathnach, producer and director with over two decades of experience.
Breathnach will be joined on this production by Emmy award-winning and music designer Moya Brennan, as well as award-winning cinematographer Patrick Jordan as cinematographer.