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Wednesday, March 17 at 8 p.m. – When Irish Eyes are Smiling, a My Music Production

(Rochester, NY) In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and the green month of March, the MY MUSIC series offers a nostalgic journey back to the 1950s and 1960s with long-unseen footage of beloved performers singing some of the greatest songs from and inspired by Ireland. When Irish Eyes are Smiling, a My Music Production airs Wednesday, March 17 at 8 p.m. on  WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/ cable 1011 and 11).

Music is proof of life to the Irish, and the songs of Ireland have entered the hearts of millions of Americans, often inspiring other kinds of music. The program appropriately opens on the streets of Dublin with the legendary crooner Bing Crosby offering a pair of Irish folk standards, “Molly Malone” and “McNamara’s Band.”

Other popular performers on the program include Carmel Quinn, Morton Downey, Dennis Day, Pat O’Brien, Paul O’Keefe and the Irish Rovers.

Hosted by Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke and written by writer-actor Malachy McCourt, When Irish Eyes are Smiling is a reminder of the warm personalities and enduring sounds that have traveled from Ireland to America.

Pictured: Patty Duke
Credit: TJL Productions

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