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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling: An Irish Parade Of Stars

Airs Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 6 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke hosts this special, which offers a variety of vintage ballads and folk songs from a parade of Irish stars.

The program includes a pair of performances by the late Frank Patterson (pictured), the ultimate Irish tenor and a star around the world: a stirring tale of Irish history, “The Fields of Athenry,” and the evergreen “Danny Boy.”
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Above: The program includes a pair of performances by the late Frank Patterson (pictured), the ultimate Irish tenor and a star around the world: a stirring tale of Irish history, “The Fields of Athenry,” and the evergreen “Danny Boy.”

Pulitzer-prize winning author Malachy McCourt (of the "Angela's Ashes" McCourt family) writes and produces this warm and nostalgic parade of Irish favorites from the past. The archival program will focus on Ireland's most beloved ballads and folk songs, performed by some of the world's greatest vocalists.

Among the traditional favorites to be featured are "Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra (An Irish Lullaby)," "Molly Malone," "McNamara's Band," "It's A Long Way To Tipperary," "Danny Boy" and "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, " as well as such Emerald Isle-influenced classics as "Look To The Rainbow," "The Unicorn" and "A Great Day For The Irish."

Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke hosts this special, which offers a variety of vintage ballads and folk songs from a parade of Irish stars.

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