Performing live at the Irish American Heritage Museum! Purchase Tickets Here
This husband and wife duo, also known as ‘Draíocht’, 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 three CDs: ‘Draíocht’ and ‘Land’s End’ and their third studio album ‘Tobar an Cheoil’, will be launched in Albany, New York on July 10, at 5 pm at the Irish American Heritage Museum. With over 55 minutes of music, ‘Tobar an Cheoil’ offers a fourteen-track album with a difference, a mixture of traditional tunes and features twelve of Michael’s original compositions.
June Mc Cormack 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’.
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 ‘The Ulster Suite (2022), Clairseoireacht (2022), ‘Constance’ (Feb 2020), The Famine Suite (2019), The De Cuellar Suite (2011), The Reconciliation Suite (2015) and The Macalla Suite (2016).
Their duet playing is outstanding, rich, melodic and subtle, with a unique blend of harp and flute. They have already achieved great things individually, including major awards and two acclaimed recordings.