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Rise of Irish music captured in TV special

A new documentary will be aired in the US tomorrow night honouring some of Ireland's top musical talent.

The Music Of Ireland -- Welcome Home will feature interviews from the biggest names in Irish music including U2, Bob Geldof, Sinead O'Connor, The Chieftains, Damien Rice and Glen Hansard.

The documentary is the brainchild of Denny Young, who has already produced concert specials for the Counting Crows, LeAnn Rimes and Seal.

Young said that he has always been "fascinated" by the number of talented musicians to emerge out of Ireland.

"This is about a country, its people, their undeniable spirit and the amazing music that has transcended generations.

"For such a small country to produce such amazing talent and the way their music defines the people is just extraordinary," he said.

The film charts the success of the Irish music industry since the 1960s, covering some of the biggest names in all different genres.

U2 stars Bono and Adam Clayton are interviewed in the programme, where Bono said that it is the sadness of Irish music that makes it so special.

"It's very moving, it's that bittersweetness. Irish music has that sadness in it and even at it's most happy," he says in a preview.

The first installment of The Music Of Ireland will air on February 17 on public service channel PBS.