Friday 23 March 2018

Singer Londra proud of Emmy nominations

Maria Pepper

A U.S. television programme featuring the Chicago-based Wexford singer Michael Londra has received two Emmy nominations.

The TV special 'Beyond Celtic' was filmed for Public Broadcasting Service Television and was aired more than 400 times in America last year. It features Michael's touring band and other guests such as Frankie Gavin and De Danann.

The Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the US are for the 'Best Special Television Event' and 'Best Direction' categories. The winners will be announced in Las Vegas on June 15.

Michael said he was thrilled with the nominations.

'I was so proud of the special anyway but getting this endorsement makes me feel like I am on the right track,' he said.

'I had the best team around me, on and off stage, plus great co-producers in Mind Fox Productions and Harmony Artists.'

The Wexford singer said he was particularly happy for his band and dancers who get to share in the success.

And he is delighted to be able to represent Wexford internationally.

'The town is such an inspiration to me musically and made me the singer I am today,' he said.

Meanwhile, Michael has been invited by Jean Kennedy Smith to sing at the graveside of President John F. Kennedy on May 29. During the ceremony a torch will be lit and brought on a journey to Ireland to burn as a permanent Emigrant Flame in New Ross.

He is then due to return to Wexford in June to perform at the JFK50 celebrations in front of the Kennedy family.

He will join artists such as Judy Collins and Michael Flatley and the writer Colm Toibin in a show presented by Anne Doyle and George Hook.

He has written a song in honor of the event with the Grammy-award winning country music artist Marcus Hummon, to be released as a single in June, entitled 'Song for John'.

Michael's latest studio album 'Danny Boy, The Songs of Ireland' has been played by more than 115 radio stations worldwide.

Enniscorthy Guardian