From Our Home to Yours: Michael Rooney & June McCormack
We are extending our From our Home to Yours series who are very at home on the Hawk's Well stage, 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.
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’. They are currently recording their third studio album.
June McCormack comes from Ballintogher, Co. Sligo and was recipient of the TG4 Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award in 1998. A primary school teacher by profession, June has published two Irish flute tutorials 'Fliuit', 'Fliuit 2' and most recently, ‘The Book of Sligo Tunes’.
Michael Rooney is a prolific composer and is widely regarded as one of the foremost players of the traditional Irish harp. Michael was announced as the TG4 Composer of the Year 2017.
Originally from Scotstown, Co. Monaghan and now resident in Sligo, Michael’s output as a composer is impressive and includes four publications of recent suites, as well as thirteen major suites for harp and ensemble or orchestra. Among the highlights of his recent orchestral and ensemble compositions are ‘Constance’ (Nov 2019), The Famine Suite (2019), The De Cuellar Suite (2011), The Reconciliation Suite (2015) and The Macalla Suite (2016).
Michael & June have toured the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand several times & have performed at international festivals including The Catskills Irish Arts Week, Boxwood Nova Scotia and Goderich Celtic Roots Folk Festival.
‘Exquisite taste, exemplary tempo, sensitivity within sinew, and soulful originality, Land’s End represents an irresistible calling card for Michael Rooney and June McCormack as the best traditional harp-flute duo in Ireland today.' - The Irish Echo New York