THE MACALLA SUITE - LIVE IN MONAGHAN
The Macalla Suite is an orchestral suite of music, composed by Michael Rooney, reflecting Ireland's history from the 1840s to modern day Ireland. It was recorded live by The Macalla Orchestra in Oct 2016 in Monaghan. The Macalla Orchestra is made up of 55 of Ireland's finest traditional and classical musicians. The Macalla Orchestra recently performed at the 2017 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Concert in Cork
"Rooney’s beautiful, graceful baroque composition is the perfect musical expression of peace and reconciliation." (fRoots Magazine March 2017)
"The Macalla Suite speaks volumes for Michael Rooney’s musical integrity, as it does his compositional fluency, and is his finest epic work to date." (The Living Tradition Magazine)
Draíocht - (Michael Rooney & June MCCormack)
This husband and wife duo, also known as ‘Draíocht’, are veterans of the traditional Irish music scene and have substantial musical credentials. They have already achieved great things individually, including major awards and two acclaimed recordings. Michael and June are currently recording their third studio album and hope to have it available in the autumn/ winter of 2018.
They have toured extensively as Draíocht, having performed throughout the States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Together as Draíocht, Michael Rooney and June McCormack have recorded two CDs: ‘Draíocht’ and ‘Land’s End’.
June Mc Cormack comes from Ballintogher, Co Sligo and was recipient of the TG4 Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award in 1998 and has published two Irish flute tutorials in recent years. 'Fliuit' and 'Fliuit 2'.
Michael Rooney is a prolific composer and is widely regarded as one of the foremost players of the traditional Irish harp. Michael is the 2017 TG4 Composer of the Year. Originally from Scotstown, Co. Monaghan and now resident in Sligo, Michael has composed nine suites of music in the past 15 years, including The Macalla Suite for Easter 2016, ‘The Reconciliation Suite’ for Prince Charles’ Visit to Sligo (2015), ‘Boróimhe’ (2014), ‘The De Cuellar Suite’ (2011).
- The Irish Echo New York